There is no doubt more so than today, that we are living in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world. Swamped by technology, social media, fake news, political and economic upheaval, whilst having to cope with the frantic pace of modern life, is very overwhelming. Along with the surrounding negativity and fear, this not only takes a heavy physical toil, but it can also have a detrimental effect on our mental health, sometimes with serious consequences.
Earlier this month, I attended MYP’s (Merseyside Young Professionals) breakfast seminar, held at the offices of Tilney in the Royal Liver Building. This seminar featured a talk from Phil Steele from The Mind PT, on developing resilience and learning how to manage stress. In recent years, I have become more aware of the need to look after myself, by developing a keen interest in learning and developing techniques to manage stress. Therefore, I was looking forward to learning some useful tips from this seminar.
I found Phil to be very knowledgeable, and I was able to interpret and understand him clearly. Phil not only introduced his background, but he also explained and delivered plenty of good practical advice, to apply to my personal and professional life.
From this seminar, there were three key points that I learned, which clearly stood out for me. The first and most important point, is that resilience is the most important trait required for any successful individual. Crucial point number two, is that body language is one of the greatest ways to influence people, meaning it is vital to understand it. Point number three, is that you need to be comfortable with saying the word “No”.
In addition to the above, there were other useful tips that I learned from the seminar, of which I have included below:
- Anyone can develop resilience.
- You can deal with a situation, by reframing and looking at it from a different angle.
- Even if you fail fast, see them as opportunities to learn and grow from.
- Self-limiting beliefs hold you back, but these can be overcome by changing your personal mindset.
- Open body language is crucial.
On reflection, I was delighted to have attended this seminar, as I certainly learned some useful advice from Phil. In these turbulent and stormy times, resilience is a necessary quality to succeed and survive, both in business and in life. Therefore, I am delighted and grateful to Phil, and I would like to thank him very much for sharing his knowledge and experience. Finally, I would like to thank everyone at MYP and Tilney, for organising an important seminar. Thanks for reading!