Ever wondered what goes on backstage at one of the biggest spiritual seminars in the world? Well I can tell you! Of course I lived backstage as a stage manager for many years on the westend in London, so I am right at home in green rooms and in the wings. This was the first ‘I Can Do It’ I have ever spoken at. I was up there with some really big names: Neale Donald Walsch, Bruce Lipton, Doreen Virtue, Robert Holden, Vianna Stibal, Sonia Choquette, Cheryl Richardson, David Hamilton, John Parkin, Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz!
I wasn’t going to waste a single moment. If you want to read a review of the front of house read: http://thealternativereview.com/2013/10/16/i-can-do-it-2013-part-one/
Firstly there is all the stuff you don’t see, books arriving late, technology not working, but Hay House make it all look seamless! David Hamilton arrived early to be a hero and help with the book unpacking as the hay house team had been up most the night.
I arrived with my friends Cat and Sam and we were joined later by Heena. I nipped off backstage to drop bags in the greenroom, where I met David Hamilton talking with Bruce Lipton. I’m a fan of Bruce’s work so when David went off to make a phone call we had a great chat about science intuition, emotions and the mind. Bruce gave me a good bit of advice, he said no matter how many times he speaks and no matter who he is talking to, Doctors or anyone, he gets just as many nerves.
I joined the audience to see Bruce’s talk and not a bit of him seemed nervous. Next up was David Hamilton. I first met David when I interviewed him for my show on LBC 97.3. He is someone who has learnt to overcome nerves. After his talk we had a chat about that and he said he now feels more at home in front of an audience than ever. It really showed, his talk was wonderful.
John Parkin was hiding in the wings before his talk, we gave a brief hello as John was also a guest on my radio show on LBC and we have followed each other around at many speaking gigs and never had a chance to catch up. Backstage after his talk, he was being filmed for an interview and still we never got the chance.
To my surprise in walks Anita Moorjani the amazing author who came back from the dead to teach us all how we can change our lives and not get sick. She really glows love and positivity and her husband is just a delight to talk to, his own story as interesting as hers. She went back into the audience and I got ready for my talk. As I did so Sonia Choquette came into the room to get ready for her talk. Although I had met her before as a guest on my radio show, I didn’t mention it and greeted her like we were meeting for the first time, as when I introduced her on my show I got the pronunciation of her name wrong, so this meeting was a clean start! She gave me some advice about how easy it is to turn into a traveling sales person when you are an author.
Now mic on and ready for my turn on stage, the Hay House team and Sonia were in the wings, Sonia wished me good luck as I stepped out onto the stage. 30mins goes quick when you have a lot to say. The audience was amazing and I had to stop to wait for the laughing to die down. It felt really magical. Back in the green room I had to run around like a small child to burn off some of the excited energy before I could go back at watch Sonia. The rest of the day was a bit of a blur. I met Vianna Stibal and had a conversation with her and her partner about Shakespeare of all things.
It was sad for me that another ‘I Can Do It’ was taking place in Germany at the same time. So authors were on a tight turn around to get from one to the other jumping on and off flights. As a new author I was only given the one slot on London. I would have love to spend more time with the other authors but I did get to meet new author Tim van der Vliet and he's loads of fun. I did more importantly get to stay and spend lots of time talking to the audience and meeting new people which I love.