Striking a chord

It would appear from the stats on my crowdfunding page that I am striking a chord with people. I only set up the page eight days ago and already I have had nearly 1,200 views on the page – that’s nearly 150 per day!

I have to admit that I’m very pleased with that.

Correct as at 5:45pm on Friday 7th November

Correct as at 5:45pm on Friday 7th November

Obviously I’m doing my best to promote the page far and wide, but I’m not sure I know 1,200 people, so people must be passing it on their friends, or finding it organically – or coming back and viewing it many times. Whatever the reason it shows that it is worth reading and considering.

Unfortunately that hasn’t yet converted into lots of backers for the project – to date I’ve had seven backers (and I’m grateful to you all). But I suspect that like lots of things like this, people are viewing it, [hopefully] liking what they see and then planning to back it later (whenever later may be).

Either way, thank you all for checking out the page.


Presentation feedback

As I mentioned I recently presented to a local Nottingham business and provided business lessons and motivation based around the lessons learned from open water swimming.

It went well, the talk was well received and got lots of good feedback on the day – and I even got to share a beer with the team afterwards.

However, it’s always nice to get the feedback in written form:

One of the attendees emailed to say:

“I thought Patrick’s presentation on Friday was great. I love motivational things like that; I felt pretty pumped going into the weekend! … There were some great messages in there that we could use around the place.”

While Geoff, the CEO of Esendex said of the presentation:

“We’re always looking for new ways to inspire the team and Patrick’s talk really did this and resonated in many ways with all of us.”

I didn’t manage to completely convince them on the swimming bit though, as he went on to say, “Whilst we are a very sporty bunch, talk of an Esendex channel swimming team may be a bit premature…”

If you want me to present at your event or to your team then please get in touch.

Early Crowdfunding Success

Launching anything new is always scary. No matter how much you believe in it, to send it out there for public consumption and comment is always a vulnerable feeling.

So it was a great feeling when the first few backers came in to support the project. Thank you.

Not only did I get a couple of personal backers who used the crowdfunding project as a way of pre-ordering the book, but I also got a couple of people signing up to the Online Sponsorship package. So that means that there will be a couple of additions to the Sponsors page next week as I say a big thank you to them.

If you want to pre-order the book, or become a corporate sponsor, please sign up here –

Crowdfunding goes live

I wrote the text, shot the video and submitted the forms. And now my crowdfunding site is live. Please check it out here:

As you can see I’ve chosen Sponsume as the platform I use, hopefully you’ll like it, find it easy to navigate and back the project.

The reason behind the crowdfunding is to fund additional research for the book, additional swimming (as part of the research) and allow me to spend some time dedicated to actually writing it.

For you, what it means is that you you’ll be able to pre-order the book, or if you represent a business be a sponsor with your company details included online and / or in the book itself.

Please do have a look at the project here – – and if it’s not for you, please do forward it to any friends or colleagues that might be interested.


Skilled Learners

I saw a great post recently about how the best learners learn and how we can all improve our ability to learn.

The full article is here – 25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently – and I advise you to read it all (and if possible adopt some of the tricks into your life).

However, while reading it, it occurred to me that open water swimming can and does help with may of those elements that skilled learners do better.


– Meta learning (point 1 in the article) – developing, honing, updating, accessing our own training plans definitely fits here.

– Working with others (points 2, 11, 22) – the open water swimming community is all about asking (and answering) questions, offering pointers to others and sharing our knowledge – Was it rough? Which route did you take? What’s that drink you use?

– Curiosity and new things (6, 17) – for many open water swimming is the new thing, but on top of that one of the joys of open water swimming is that it is always different, there is always new scenery to look at, new swims to do or just new people to meet and stories to hear.

– Objectives (24) – I want to swim from here, to there – you can’t get a much clearer objective than that.

– Living with uncertainty – I know what my objective is, but I will never know what the conditions will be like until I’m swimming. As an open water swimmer life is always uncertain, if I wanted certainty I would have stayed in the pool!

I don’t know whether people who are naturally more skilled learners gravitate towards open water swimming, or the nature of open water swimming can make people more skilled learners – but there is clearly a link and clearly a business benefit!

Dressed for success

I’m presenting on Friday – as with all of the Open for Business stuff it’s about the lessons that can be applied to business from open water swimming. The group I’m presenting to is an internal team at a local company. They regularly do a ‘Show & Tell’ session on a Friday afternoon to widen their knowledge and experiences.

I was privileged to be copied in on the email that went round the group explaining that I was to be speaking at this event and what my presentation would be about.

However, the email finished with:

“He assures me he’ll be fully dressed…”