Saturday 29 April 2017

Pendulum cuts through Trump and Brexit gloom

Frankie and Norma Sheahan with speaker Jack Canfield. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Frankie and Norma Sheahan with speaker Jack Canfield. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

Some of the world's biggest and best-known motivational speakers were on stage with advice on how to get richer - or just how to be a better human being in general.

But it was a janitor in charge of the toilets at the airport in Johannesburg who stood out as perhaps the most inspirational of them all at the Pendulum Summit.

Gráinne Seoige and Norma Sheahan at the Pendulum Business and Self-Empowerment Summit at the National Convention Centre in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Gráinne Seoige and Norma Sheahan at the Pendulum Business and Self-Empowerment Summit at the National Convention Centre in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

"Welcome to my office," he declared in the video taken by world-renowned speaker Robin Sharma, author of 'The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari' - who had happened to bump into him at the airport.

He said that he considered himself and the cleanliness of his facilities to be an ambassador for South Africa.

"Can you be a leader without a title?" Mr Sharma asked him.

"Yes," the janitor said, who had it all in a nutshell.

INM Group Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae and Pendulum speaker Jack Canfield. Photo: Gerry Mooney
INM Group Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae and Pendulum speaker Jack Canfield. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Amongst the illustrious roll-call of speakers were Keith Cunningham, best known as author of 'Keys to the Vault', Lisa Nichols of 'The Secret' and Jack Canfield of 'Chicken Soup for the Soul'.

The event at the National Convention Centre in Dublin, which continues today, will see 6,500 people attend.

Amongst those in attendance were Moya Doherty, Ivan Yates, Bobby Kerr and Bill Cullen.

Brexit also emerged as a strong theme amongst the speakers.

Mr Sharma spoke of the Irish love of fun and their strength in adversity, with the collapse of the economy in 2008 and "now Brexit".

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He urged business leaders to see the opportunity rather than the uncertainty in the changing situation.

"The victim is frightened by change, the leader gets inspired by change," he said.

"The leader is asking 'what is the gorgeous and monumental opportunity here?'"

Host Gráinne Seoige revealed that her new trade in diamonds is keeping her so busy she doesn't have time to plan her own wedding.

"We're at peak romance," said Gráinne. "But it means that I don't really have time to be thinking of the gúna bán," she said of her own wedding plans.

Organiser Frankie Sheahan said they had doubled their numbers since last year, with visitors travelling from as far away as Australia and South Africa to attend. He said it gave a €20m injection to the local economy at a time when tourism was quietest.

Lisa Nichols had enjoyed a night out in Temple Bar the evening before - and had brought her father along, who had ended up making friends with "half the bar", according to Mr Sheahan.

Later she told the audience: "There's a Gandhi in this room...there's a Mother Teresa in this room, they might just look different."

With such comforting thoughts delivered in the same time frame as Donald Trump held his press conference, the audience went on their way to face into whatever challenges 2017 may bring.

Irish Independent

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