#JSB4040 | A Personal Adventure Year

How did that creep up on me? It feels like only yesterday I was wishing my teens away, dancing away my twenties, embracing my thirties with a trip to New York and getting all grown up by going self-employed. Now I'm drinking tea, typing and thinking. I'm two children richer, almost 10 years married and 39 years wiser. Let's face it, turning 40 is not something I'm wildly excited about, nor is it something, that scares me. However, as I (hopefully) skip into a new decade, and, take a look at the other side of my youth, I thought it was an opportune time to get some personal fun in! So I'm doing 40 before 40 in what I've packaged as #JSB4040.  ...

The Exhilaration That Is Doing a TEDx Talk

Exhilarating. Simply exhilarating. I cannot think of another word to describe the feeling of actually standing on a TEDx stage and delivering a TEDx talk. I write this before I get the opportunity to watch my video back, but I deliberately write it now so as not to be desponded from the cringe-effect that watching yourself delivers. I found out in April this year that I was chosen to do a TEDx Omagh talk. I was excited and proud and full of anticipation. As the months rolled on, I gave my topic much thought and wrote my thoughts on paper and on my phone on the go. I had a concept but I hadn't crafted it to a TEDx talk...

My Donegal: Downings, The Wildest Gem On The Wild Atlantic Way

I was asked by the the Why Donegal Facebook Page founder to write a piece on "My Donegal" so here it is. The accent always gives me away. No matter where I am, the "where are you from" question always arises. "Ah Donegal," usually is the response with a smile. We all have a fondness for where we are from and of course that fondness is for different reasons depending on who you talk to. For me Donegal sculpted me into the person I have become and I often align my personality with its landscape - a rugged coastline, mountainous, inspiring beaches, and full of personality. I was born and grew up in Downings, the wildest gem on the Wild...

The Art Of Engaging An Audience

I speak, a lot! Every time I try to make it better, engage my audience some more, and leave the audience feeling three ways: 1) It was worth coming along to hear Joanne 2) I've taken one thing away from Joanne's talk 3) I'll follow her online and join her community I always always change my address every single time I speak. Why? Because the dynamic is going to be completely different and so I make sure I consider my top 10 tips below before every speaking event. So I decided to document my tips on how to engage an audience. Make no mistake, sometimes I have off days and I don't perform to the standard I expect off myself or indeed...