Sharing the tips & tricks
that have helped me
so that they may
People of all ages and backgrounds are often weighed down by unhelpful expectations, external pressures & a vast list of opportunities that compete for their time, money & attention. Our world is accelerating, and so there is precious little time & space to slow down, take a breath, and hear that quiet voice within. Sam's keynotes, masterclasses & workshops offer the time & space for people to hear that quiet voice in order to better understand, grow & move themselves. Every talk is tailored to its audience, location and intent.
3 steps to knowing yourself
Habits control us. Habits influence our every thought, word and action. Habits can even predict our exact geographical location 93% of the time! Step 1 in knowing yourself is understanding how habits work, identifying the habits at work in our own lives, and choosing one habit that you will stop or start during the workshop. First, we mould our habits, then our habits mould us.
Pythagoras taught us that when we "Know ourselves, we will know the Universe and God." Buddha taught us that it is "Better to conquer ourselves than to conquer others." Ancient wisdom, but far out of reach in modern times. Our world is accelerating. So much is going on around us, and there is precious little time & space to slow down, take a breath, and hear that quiet voice within. Understanding ourselves is invaluable, as the ancient philosophers remind us, but it's near impossible in the turbulence of modern times. Sam offers people time & space to better understand themselves using the Japanese concept of Ikigai - ancient wisdom for the modern time.
Variety is the spice of life, but sometimes we get weighed down by the competing demands of family, work, study, hobbies, global citizenship and self-care. Maintaining balance is essential, as is prioritising the various hats that we wear. Sam draws on his experience as a clown to teach the skill of juggling, before using the skill to illustrate tips & tricks for living a rich and varied life in a way that is both balanced and sustainable.
3 steps to growing yourself
"It is not the mountain that we conquer, but ourselves", said Sir Edmund Hilary. Wise words, but all I could think to myself was "Stay awake." We had been walking for 9-hours through blanket snow under a full moon. I had vomited more than 20 times at this point (altitude can surprise the body) but the mountain guides (whose expertise and judgement was always superb) gently encouraged me on. Around me, there is a small family of newly formed friends who are leaning on each other, both mentally and physically. "Pole pole" is the mantra (Swahili for "slowly slowly"). One step at a time, we can scarcely imagine the summit. As this keynote will make clear, climbing mountains is about taking it slow, getting up after falling down, conquering the self-defeating voices inside of us, and savouring the journey as well as the destination.
Clowns frighten the hell out of some people (maybe it's the white face paint and masks...not to mention the 'IT' movie). But what scared about clowns me more than face paint was the idea of being a clown. Imagine dressing up in that ridiculous garb, being responsible for eliciting joy and laughter in others, the expectation that a clown can perform tricks and stunts on demand, and doing it all for the first time with people I had never met and in a foreign country - and in Russia of all places! The idea first came when I got a letter from Patch Adams (the original clown doctor), after writing to him about how he uses humour in medical practice. Patch invited me to join him and a troupe of 30 humanitarian clowns (hailing from 10 countries) on their 32nd annual clowning tour of Russia. I hesitated, and at 3am one morning (a time when all good ideas appear) embraced the uncertainty and booked my ticket. What came next was a colourful and unexpected journey that taught me to embrace uncertainty, experiment continually, bounce back from failure, and marvel at the kindness of strangers.
What if social media could make us better people? That's the question that sparked Crane Blog. Sam folded one thousand origami cranes and spontaneously gives them to people who have done good things in everyday life. Each story is shared on Facebook and Instagram via Crane Blog, along with a photo of each crane. Sam uses Crane Blog to demonstrate how being proactive, reactive and inactive on social media can all be methods for making this world a better place.
3 steps to moving yourself
Physio pearls for the workaholics and dedicated students who want to sustain optimal health amidst a heavy workload. Tips & tricks to keep comfortable, stay attentive, and maximise our health during long hours of focused work.
Bruce Lee made it famous, but nature made it obvious. We must be "shapeless, formless, like water" if we are to adapt with and endure the ebbs and flow of life. "When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup", Bruce continues as he illustrates the contextual adaptability of water. "Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend." The adaptability, power and tranquillity of water models how we may become more resilient, and less prone to injury. Mixing it up, changing it up, and keeping it up are the foundations of injury prevention. Sam combines his physio experience with the habit-building principles from his Habit Hacking workshop to offer simple take-homes for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Life is a game...and age is one way of keeping score. Scientists and alchemists are yet to discover the elixir of eternal youth (and Nicholas Flamel destroyed the philosopher's stone), but there remains a bucketload of evidence indicating that particular habits and lifestyle practices can keep us healthy and happy long into our later years. Aging is inevitable. Growing old is optional. This workshop is designed for older adults who are keen launch into the art of ageing well (games, laughter and creativity) and science of staying young (neuroscience, psychology and population studies).