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STANCE // Drew Dudley


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Known for his acclaimed TED Talk, Drew Dudley is here to give you insight on the values that keep him going.

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STANCE // Drew Dudley

  1. 1. Leader. Inspirational Speaker. Collecter of Penguins. B I G F I S H P R E S E N T A T I O N S . C O M Interview Series Step up with Drew Dudley
  2. 2. Formerly Director of one of Canada’s largest leadership develop- ment programs, Drew also served as National Chair of Canada’s largest post-secondary charity, mobilizing 35,000 volunteers an- nually to support Cystic Fibrosis Canada.   Drew has spoken to over 250,000 people on 5 continents and his TED talk has been voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time.” Time, Business Insider and INC. magazines have all included his talk on their lists of “speeches that will make you a better leader”. Drew’s clients have included some of the world’s most dynamic companies and organizations, including McDonald’s, Proctor & Gamble, JP Morgan Chase, Hyatt Hotels, the United Way and over 75 colleges and universities. Drewisrecognizedasoneofthemost dynamickeynotespeakersintheworld
  3. 3. (noun) /stans/ the attitude of a person or organization toward something; a standpoint. Meet the world’s greatest presenters and see where they stand, on and off the stage.
  4. 4. What are the key traits every human being should have? Question:
  5. 5. It would be easy to say “kindness” or “generosity,” but, its harder to develop those traits when most of your time is spent simply on survival. I think we have to remember how large a percentage of the human race is in that situation. That said, I would point to self-respect. When someone feels self-respect, they are for more likely to show respect to others. Only hurt people hurt others. Anger, jealousy, fear, and the negative actions that emerge from them almost always stem from a lack of self-respect. The better we are at helping ourselves and others develop self-respect, the better off we will all be. Answer:
  6. 6. Question: You are possibly one of the kindest men on the planet. Can you tell us a story of when someone was outrageously kind to you?
  7. 7. Answer: Well, first off, I’m really not, but thank you. There are people out there who are instinctively kind. It’s in their DNA. My friend Danielle is one of those people. I get her tickets to her favourite musical? She rewrites the songs into a thank-you note and hides it in my car. It must have taken hours. She agrees to look after my apartment and I come home to over a dozen little notes hidden around the place telling me what’s awesome about me. I was finding them for days. It’s Christmas, your birthday, a celebration of some kind? Your gift from her is profoundly personal and will no doubt demonstrate that she has paid close attention to the things most important to you. The greatest kindness you can receive is an ongoing relationship that allows for simple acts of kindness to build up over time.
  8. 8. Question: When you walk into a room, how do you make yourself stand out?
  9. 9. Well, I wear a fedora, and have for 20 years or so. I’ve stuck to that look not because it’s “in style” or “out of style” but because it is simply “my style,” I love it. I own it, am comfortable in it. I let people discover that rather than worry about their first impressions. Answer:
  10. 10. What’s one habit you think everyone should make? Question:
  11. 11. I believe everyone should identify the key values they want to embody every day, and ensure that they create a plan to engage in at least one action each day that lives up to each value. An actual piece of evidence you can present to yourself that you were the person you hope to be each day. Mostpeoplecan’ttellmewhy theymatter,becausetheydon’t proveittothemselveseachday. Answer:
  12. 12. What's one change you made in your life that made A world of difference? Question:
  13. 13. Answer: Imadeonebigdecisionto makeaseriesofconsistent, positivesmalldecisions eachday. Losing 100 pounds, quitting drinking, starting my own company, all stemmed from a change in perspective: not focusing on the desired outcome, but on the daily behaviours that will lead to it. Treat every day of your voyage to what you want as if it’s the first one. It ensures the key foundational behaviours necessary are never skipped over. �
  14. 14. What’s a belief of yours that others may challenge you on? Question:
  15. 15. Answer: I once had a conversation with a friend who was in an abu- sive relationship. She told me that every time she spent time with her partner she felt sad, worthless, angry, judged and judgmental. When I encouraged her to leave, she told me “my life is just so entangled with his, it would be chaos to leave.” I realized I was in an abusive relationship with Facebook. When I went to deactivate my Facebook, it showed me pictures of my friends and said, “are you sure? Danielle will miss you...Adam will miss you...” Some truly emotionally manipulative shit. And I did it anyway. And it was the best six months of my life (after the first ten days or so). You can leave Facebook. Prove it to yourself.
  16. 16. Everyone stands for something, what do you stand for? Question:
  17. 17. I want to share that idea, and more importantly I want to live that idea. I stand for identifying what I have to do on Day One of that process, and then living every day like it’s Day One. I stand for a type of leadership to which we all can and should aspire. Answer:
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  19. 19. B I G F I S H P R E S E N T A T I O N S . C O M