Face to Face With A Storyteller

I just got back yesterday from my KL trip – it was short and sweet and inspiring. In fact, it happened so fast that I needed to catch my breath a bit.
Robin Sharma in action
Meeting personal development coach/trainer/speaker/author Robin Sharma was a dream. I’m usually quite all right and calm but I was nervous before going up to the man and asking him to sign his book “The Greatness Guide” which I had bought earlier. There I was in a line of people at the end of the full day “Lead Without Title” seminar cum workshop and thinking, wow, I’m so blessed to be here.
Robin's a great storyteller!
Beside a full day of learning and getting inspired at the “High Performance Leadership in Turbulent Times” seminar, I had met new friends too. I knew this was going to be a corporate thingy but little did I know how CORPORATE it was going to be! Everyone was either a vice-president or manager of some multinational company or listed company.
Krista & Robin Sharma - cool yeah?
(Apparently, Tiara Jacquelina was there, so were a group of Datuk-datuk, Datin-datin and high profile CEOs. At RM3600 per ticket, I would assume only the top level people would be privy to such intimate coaching! Not that I saw Tiara. The hall was so packed with people anyway.)
But no matter what you are, you’re still human and it felt great to connect to people who enjoyed being inspired. In fact, I liked going alone to these type of events as it literally forces me to go and mingle with strangers and turn them into acquaintances and later into friends!
I always think, if you can, DO NOT go with colleagues or partners. You will stick to each other and not make new friends at all. What a waste of a prefect opportunity to truly engage with others in different fields and industries.
I liked Robin’s easygoing, modest and approachable style of communicating. He did not have a bunch of slides to show; he only showed 1 slide throughout the whole day and that was just a picture of Oseala McCarty. (Ya, you go find out who this woman is. I’m not telling you because it would spoil the surprise.)
But we did have a lot of partnering work – stand up, face your partner and ask or answer a bunch of questions. Or raise our hands if we agreed. Or clap if we felt we learnt something valuable.
So what did I learn from Robin Sharma?
A lot!
A lot of good stuff which helped me re-define what I want from life, for instance. How to cull the stuff from my life and say no ruthlessly to unnecessary stuff and focus (fiercely focus) on what I really want to do. How to be a personal CEO of my own life. How to shine as a human being. (Strangely, I was also reading the Lotus Sutra before this and it said the same thing although in Buddhist lingo.)
I bought this book so he could autograph it for me!
I’ll let you enjoy the photos while I write more on this tomorrow. (Ya, the only thing which annoyed me to no end was the guy who helped me snap a pic while I was with Robin. It turned out blur! I need some CSI level Photoshop version 20 to help me recover that beautiful moment. Dang!)
P/S: Robin has his own social networking site called Success Nation. Do check it out.

Going to See Robin Sharma!

I know.
What luck isn’t it?
When all I wanted was a book of his when I entered the contest organised in The Star some 2 weeks ago. I was thinking, cool if I could get his book and read it (and add to my already heavy bookshelf).
But late yesterday evening, I got a call saying that I’d won a ticket worth RM2,800 to see him LIVE in action, in Sunway Resort this Monday.
You know the thing about surprises. I had to pinch myself to see if it was for real.
It was.
Then began my mad dash to figure how to get myself down to KL in time for the full-day seminar on Monday.
Luckily, I had a pile of friends I can count on, thanks to ALL my friends having relocated to KL since our college days.
It also meant cancelling some appointments but wouldn’t you cancel appointments if you had just this chance to watch leadership guru Robin Sharma live?
Anyway, it will a very short trip to KL – practically a whirlwind one just to go for the Monday event so if I don’t have time to call on friends in KL (yes, you and you and you) please forgive me. I’m not being rude. I’m squeezing time to its max for this event.
Anyway, I hop to be a groupie and wheedle a photo opp with Robin Sharma on Monday but even if I don’t, I will have lots to tell you when I get back.
PS: The power of the law of attraction is very real for me. It’s demonstrated to work very well in so many times in my life. This is one of them. When I entered the contest, I only sent in 1 entry. But I told myself “Damn if I don’t win this and see Robin live.” And damn, I did!