I have walked this earth for many, many years now, and I have experienced many unusual events in my time, some were beneficial and many were traumatic in nature. It was the traumatic events that eventually led me to working as a workshop/seminar presenter, lifestyle coach, and counselor. To others, I usually minimize the nature of the traumatic events by making fun of them or by saying something like, “I suffer from a problem of definition and my intentions have been misquoted and misunderstood.” That dialogue tends to confuse people sufficient to have them nod or shake their head just before walking away from me, muttering unkind comments.
For many years I had a problem with alcohol but for more than 25 years I have not used intoxicants of any kind. I am not only “dry”, I am a fire hazard.
Prior to developing the DYNAMIC DISCOVERY process I was presenting and leading a two day seminar program titled “THE PERSONAL IMPROVEMENT SERIES” that consisted of 4 topics: Intimate Relationships; Guilt; Co-Dependency, and; The Right To Choose. The back and forth interactions with those seminar clients was enthusiastic and instructive, which led me into using a process of self-evaluation and eventually turned my seminars and workshops into participatory group sessions focused on unwanted and wanted behaviours and how to move from the former to the latter.
My first career choice was the Royal Canadian Air Force and I lucked into being part of a Para-Rescue unit. Being a Jumper appealed to my sense of adventure and pumped up my esteem because Jumpers were few and far between. However, I will admit to having feelings of superiority because the greatest danger to most Airmen and Airwomen was the possibility of a life-endangering paper cut.
The next 25 years of my working life was devoted to construction work. I was primarily a builder and real estate developer, for the most part as owner and/or partner. As a builder, I constructed approximately 14 million square feet of buildings of all types, sizes and components as well as consulting on approximately 3 million square feet of commercial buildings; mostly hotels and casinos.
For the past 25 years I have managed an Employee Assistance Program and also served as a counselor as well as leading and facilitating workshops and seminars that I developed.
I have always been very involved with community and charitable organizations, helping to develop programs for communications, education and fundraising; I also provided public speaking services and facilitated training workshops and seminars.