Since October 2014, I have been working with former Premier League footballer, Michael Duberry (ex-Chelsea/Leeds for those of you who know as little as I do about football). He came to Simply Amazing Training for mentorship as he developed his new career in public speaking. I was excited to work with him; the fact that the average professional football career lasts eight years and his lasted 20 years says a lot about him as a person, I think.
The talk we have been working on is called ‘The Three D’s Of Success’ and covers the qualities that have carried him through his football career and his life: Determination, Discipline and Dedication. Michael delivered his first talk to a packed room last week, and did brilliantly. He kept the audience engaged, ran effective exercise sessions, and answered questions easily.
I can see that he has applied the three D’s to his learning with me. He has taken all the presentation skills and techniques I’ve taught him and gone the extra mile to ask questions, to work harder and practise more. He strives for improvement all the time. One of the first things he said when he came off stage after his talk was, “I need to remember to look around at the audience even more.” This determination, discipline and dedication make him an excellent student and I’ve learnt a thing or two from him.
One of the things I most enjoy about Simply Amazing Training is learning from my clients; it’s always a two-way street. It’s been great learning from Michael who was at the top of his game as a sportsman, and will be at the top of his game as a motivational speaker very soon. He is not content with being a good public speaker; he is determined to be the best, and I know he’ll achieve whatever he sets his mind to.