I'M MOVING ON - Con Koutsikas Public Speaking and Communication Trainer and Coach


There is a saying which goes “It is what it is”.  Some people use it as kind of a mantra to accept the situation, understanding they can’t change the situation but they can change their response and actions.  Others loath it!

I’m pleased to report that I am part of the first group, mind you, it took me some time to get there.  When I was younger, I would get consumed by the moment and overwhelmed with self-pity….. I felt so trapped.  Having become involved with personal development for nearly 10 years, I learnt that the situation was not happening to me but indeed happening for me.  There was a lesson in there somewhere, enter COVID-19.

We are barely a month into a level of enforced isolation never before seen in my lifetime.  Businesses closed, mass unemployment and emotional stress off the charts.  Much has been written and said about the virus, its origins and the endless amount of conspiracy theories but it doesn’t matter what your view is, it is what it is.  As individuals, we can’t change the situation.  We can certainly do our part to reduce the spread and hopefully get back to normal (whatever that will look like) sooner rather than later, but what we can do and what we have control over are our actions  and thoughts in light of the circumstances.

To that end, I’m moving on!  The last few weeks, my content has been about and revolved around the COVID-19 crisis we are all facing.  It’s all been positive content regularly emphasising that this crisis WILL end, we don’t know when, but it will end.  So for me now, my content will get back to my purpose and core message, and that is that improved communication skills will improve every area of your life.  That’s not to say I’ll be like the ostrich with my head in the sand but I want and need to get back to delivering content that provides value for my readers and viewers for now and for later.

For now? I hear you say.  Yes, for now!

  1. We are stuck at home with our families and loved ones.  In these times of confinement, the fuse gets shorter and we are prone to react rather than to respond.  We need to improve our communication skills at these times.
  2. Even though there is massive unemployment as a result of the legislated business closures, many businesses are actively employing to handle the massive increased volume in their businesses, i.e. supermarkets and call centres with many of these interviews being conducted via Zoom or similar video conferencing mediums.  The competition for these positions has never been higher.  Do you think having improved communication skills would be advantageous?   I’ll let you answer that.

And for later?

  1. Just because you had a job, depending on a multitude of factors, there is no guarantee you will be rehired when your employer starts up again.  You may need to reapply for your old job or you may be looking for another.
  2. This may give you a gentle nudge or a smack in the head with a bat to make that career change you have talked about so long.  Again, the job market will be the most competitive we would have seen in our lifetimes.  Improving your communication skills will definitely give you an edge.  As the great Les Brown says, “it is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared…..prepare yourself now!”

And so, my valued reader, I’m moving on but all for the better.  I hope you enjoy my content, tips and hints to help you become a better speaker, presenter and communicator for you, your loved ones, your friends and your future employer or business venture you undertake

​As always, I value your comments and feedback,

My name is Con and I am The Con Versationalist.

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