My Curious Journey…
2021/Now – At the core of my “Practical Zen” programs and coaching is meditation, self-discovery, self-mastery, self-acceptance, and mindfulness which are vital and relevant today. It works because it enables you to make clear decisions and take confident action that’s aligned with your core strengths, your values, your purpose, and passion.
2020 Developing “Practical ZEN” and then the pandemic arrived! Time for reading and study, taking my training online.
2005/2020: – My focus has been in these areas; Leadership Coaching & Public Speaking Coach. I have been using my Practical Zen Coaching model which I wrote and led at Lifenergi™ Retreat on Bowen Island, BC Canada in 2007.
2018 I went to Inspired Outcomes to update my NLP education from Allen Kanerva, recognized as one of Canada’s leading NLP Educators and experts. Brilliant Trainer.; NLP Practitioner Training, PACE Coaching Program and Hypnosis Training.
- After 10 plus years of study I realize I am still a beginning student of ZEN, I am curious. I wanted to bring more spontaneity to my facilitation, speaking and training so I went to “The Improv” classes at the Carosol Theatre for 8 weeks – hilarious, challenging and spontaneous humour….
2002/2003: I was the speech coach for the Canadian Olympic Bid Team. I coached the team in Vancouver, BC Canada so the ‘Olympic Evaluation Committee’ could evaluate us to see if Canada would host the 2010 Winter Olympics. I coached the Canadian team in Prague, Czech Republic for the final presentation, and Canada won! Speech and presentation skills for winning 2010 Winter Olympics.
1995/2004 I was a workshop leader/lecturer at the “Sauder School of Business” – in the MBA program – I also led Presentation Power for Executive Education, UBC and Sales Talk for Executive Education. I am the author of “Presentation Power”.
1993-2000: I was the co-founder and President of NuMethod Executive Education Inc. NuSpeak Workshop and Video Training (for media) Our client list included: BCTV, Electronic Arts, Tourism Vancouver, VanCity Credit Union, London Drugs and Sandwell Engineering and many graduates of our public version of the workshop.
1985/1988 Professional Development Seminars: at The Haven, on Gabriola Island BC. The Haven is a non-profit learning centre on beautiful Gabriola Island in British Columbia, Canada. The focus is self-responsibility, effective communication, healthy relationships, creative expression, and integration of mind-body-spirit.While at The Haven I met Paul Reps a ZEN Monk, in one question he changed the course of my life – thank you Reps.
I participated several 5 day residential programs at the Haven, with the long-term goal of becoming a therapist and to support my work leading the Pursuit of Excellence. Haven programs: Come Alive 5 days – Couples Workshop 5 days – Men Body and Energy 5 days – Anger and Boundaries 5 days – Creative Planning Workshop 5 days (Licensee). As I was getting close making the decision to commit to the next, I had a conversation with founders of the Haven Bennet Wong, M.D., F.R.C.P. and Jock McKeen. MD Lic.Ac, I then decided to be a coach/mentor and lead the Pursuit of Excellence – thank you Ben and Jock.
1986 I joined Context Associated in 1986 and entered their 2 year Program Leaders Training; where I studied the background, I then facilitated “The Pursuit of Excellence” program for 8 years. I also learned how to the facilitate The Wall and I also facilitated The Advancement of Excellence, but my focus was “The Pursuit of Excellence” program. It was amazing to be in the company of so many gifted and wise facilitators. A special thanks to Peggy Merlin PHD who was the director of education and my coach. I discovered the writings of the Dali Lama which has led to so much more…
1985 I took the 5 day The Pursuit of Excellence following up with The Wall 6 days residential program and then The Advancement of Excellence 8 week program. This was a new start for me, after the disaster of a failed marriage, I acknowledged I was the real problem.
1985/1995 I facilitated the Pursuit of Excellence for 8 years travelling across Canada. As a facilitator and program leader I was involved in Curriculum Development & Training. I facilitated “The Advancement of Excellence” – a 8 week program. I loved the experience of working with Context, a passionate mission driven company
1968/1985 I became a partner with Lisa Kerfoot in 1968. Together we ran retail and service (hair & cosmetics) when Lisa retired it became Moods Hair Technology with locations in: Pacific Centre, Denman St Vancouver BC I sold it in 1986.
1984 Looking for answers I went to a Virginia Satyr – 3 day workshop. Later I went to my first NLP Training 7day program and Fire Walking Coach Training with Anthony Robbins in San Diego while an outrageous experience, it did not give me the breakthrough I was looking for.
1976 Transcendental Meditation classes to learn meditation and I continue to meditate.
1975/1985 As a keynote speaker I led a retailing and marketing workshop for the Allied Beauty Association Canada. Canada wide tour – Retailing & Marketing Workshop
1973: My Public Speaking career stared with REDKEN a cosmetic manufacturer and distributor. I led REDKEN Seminars Challenge of Success – Salon Success – Canadian Tour and the Redken Regional Seminar – Motivational Speaker – USA Tour. I also taught at the REDKEN Academy in Los Angeles CA. USA I was a member of the REDKEN Laboratories Education and Marketing team and coached and trained field staff and managers – customer service & sales
1966 I emigrated to Vancouver BC Canada. When I arrived in Vancouver BC I could not find any movie related work. For 6months I worked for a local small cosmetic manufacturer who made shampoos and conditioners, I travelled across western Canada selling it to small pharmacies and outlets – it was a wonderful way to see Canada.
1966 I migrated to Vancouver BC Canada the beginning of life changing experience and becoming a Canadian.
1964/1966 I worked at MGM Film Studios in Elstree, Hertfordshire UK. I worked in the Property dept, while waiting to make the transfer to the make up and special effects department ~ basically I was a “gopher” it was lots of fun.
1965 Vidal Sassoon Academy on Bond St London UK. It was the ‘HIP’ place to learn fashion and hair design!
1962 BBC Television- evening classes theatrical make-up while in college, a creative and amazing experience – bloody scars anyone?
1961-1963 South West College of Education, Watford, Herts, UK 2-year Diploma program Cosmetology & Salon Management
1961 Graduated from Campions Secondary School (General Certificates of Education). I was the School Athletic Captain, Senior Prefect
1945 Born in Plymouth Devon and raised in London UK.