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Creative Arts in education Conference - Mermaid Theatre London

Lead happiness consultant and self-professed jazz-hand show-off Dave Keeling was thrilled with the opportunity to tread the boards again when he was invited to give a keynote about personal change at the Mermaid Theatre in London.

The audience was 500 creative arts practitioners from colleges around the UK, so luvvie Dave Keeling felt right at home. He was charged with inspiring personal enhancement and lifting energy levels after a carb-heavy lunchtime buffet.

Through a combination of fast-paced storytelling, humour, practical engagement and thought-provoking questions, Dave got the audience laughing and thinking about effecting personal change. The audience was encouraged to identify and reflect on their limiting thoughts and behaviours. This awareness was the vital first step in making changes. Having opened his delegates minds through laughter, Dave then introduced more complex, challenging and creative ideas, creating a shared sense of collaboration.

Ross Anderson, Director of UAL Awarding body, in his feedback commented that Dave was ‘terrific, absolutely perfect for that dreaded post-lunch slot’.  

And so, as a little takeaway, below are the three key questions to ask yourself if you want to succeed at anything.

  1. What do you want? This will change depending on how you feel, who you are with and what you are doing.
  2. How much do you want it? Motivation is essentially having a big enough reason.
  3. What are you prepared to do in order to achieve it? This is the really important part. If you aren’t prepared to do enough, then you have to question how much you want it. And if you’re questioning how much you want it, did you really want it in the first place? Either way these questions, although simple, will get to the heart of your ability to achieve the desired outcome.
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