Well, I have just pressed ‘send’ and my first book ‘Growing Forward’ has gone off to be published. As late as yesterday evening, I was thinking that I still needed to make some changes, but there comes a time when you just have to be content with something the way it is, and the book will be available during the first part of July! I have enough material written for nearly another full book, so expect Book 2 before the end of 2011!

This week is a busy one! Tonight I am off to further polish my public speaking skills with a visit to Cornerstone Communicators, my Advanced Toastmasters Club. I am giving a speech, but I don’t yet know what the title is, as I will be given that when I arrive at the meeting this evening. I will also be given a character that I have to assume while delivering the 5 minute speech. Then I will have a few minutes to prepare something. This is how we challenge ourselves and have tremendous fun at our Advanced club. I have to confess that I am feeling rather nervous about this evening!

Tomorrow morning I will be up early to catch a train down to Enfield in North London, where I will be delivering a snippet of my keynote speech ‘From Borstal to Business…It’s Never Too Late to Change Direction’ for the 4Networking group there. This is also an opportunity to meet some business owners from the area and make some new contacts, and potentially friends too!

Wednesday morning finds me in Ely, Cambridgeshire giving a similar presentation for the 4Networking group there, and on Thursday I will be making another trip to London to visit Wembley Stadium as a guest of People 1st., the sector skills council for the leisure and hospitality industries. The occasion is a networking meeting to promote WorldHost Principles of Customer Service training, for which I am a Quality Assured trainer.

On Friday I am attending a Mind Chi’ workshop, and I will write more about that soon. In between all these engagements, I plan to start work on Book 2!