Having been meaning to start a ‘personal’ blog for some time, I thought I would delve into the mysteries of WordPress. I could have used any number of blogging platforms, but WP does have a head-and-shoulders lead in terms of reputation and usability, so I have swallowed my preference for ‘hand-made HTML’ and opened the box.
Alongside this, I made a WP installation for a new site for my book Secrets of Self-Empowerment, which has also been on the back-burner for a number of years, waiting for me to revise and refine it. The book has actually gone through a number of drafts and several titles before I settled on this one. I think I’m happy with it now, at last.
‘Secrets’ was created during a period of change and self-discovery, when I was working with a stream of people who were referred to me by the Employment Service (UK government department) for help in building their self-confidence, prior to returning to work. Many of these people had been the victims of industrial accidents or illnesses not necessarily related to their work, and many of them found it difficult to think of themselves as worthwhile, competent and employable.
I ran the training agency – RETRAC (REhabilitation, TRaining and Counselling) – until the EA made it impossible for any small business like mine to comply with their draconian contract conditions. I enjoyed this work more than anything else I have done before or since, with the possible exception of teaching people how to overcome a fear of public speaking, which I plan to resume soon.
‘Speaking For Yourself’ events are really a logical extension of Secrets of Self-Empowerment and the RETRAC work, and are designed to take people to the next level of self-confidence, way above what most people would consider ‘average’. Fear of public speaking is reportedly the #1 fear for most Americans, and, I would imagine, most Brits. Many people put ‘fear of public speaking’ ahead of ‘fear of death’ – which is to say, they would rather die than speak in public!