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These dog days of summer

In ancient Rome the hottest days of the summer's were known as “diēs caniculārēs" or “dog days." That's because they were associated with the celestial prominence of the star Sirius, AKA 'the Dog Star', the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Big Dog). 

The always delightful gives an alternate definition for dog days: "a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence."

Anyway, although we're in that summer period the Romans were referring to, neither definition really applies as it's raining and cool here in Amsterdam, and that has coincided with a period that's the very opposite of lethargy and inactivity.

Two weeks ago Chiara went back to work and we've been rocked by the family routine of getting TWO kids and TWO parents up, dressed, fed and out the door. 

For many of you, it may feel routine, and I hope it soon becomes that for us, but at the moment it feels like every step of the morning is a monumental challenge, and each morning we manage to get ourselves out of the house is a victory to be celebrated. That's right, celebrated.

And so, a toast to these busy cool dog days of summer!

A trip into the heart of Adidas

The other week I spent two child-free nights in Herzogenaurach Germany, the Global Headquarters of Adidas. I was there to deliver a two-day session on Public Speaking, Storytelling and Collaboration. I had to dig deep into my bag of tricks (and even pack a few new tricks into said bag).

And the session went off like gangbusters! I brought a number of session pieces I frequently use but remixed and recontextualized them, and also delivered some new lecturettes. Overall, I packed a lot of value into our sessions, had a tonne of fun, and came home with some sweet new triple-striped gear*.

*I've always liked Adidas, but I've never felt any loyalty towards any particular sports brand. But the company that hires me and gives me free rein to do what I love (and do best) gets me gladly repping them, even if historically I've come down hard on branded clothing.

Super-cool one-off theater in Amsterdam

In exciting theatrical news (local to Amsterdam), my close friend and longtime co-conspirator Geordie Aitken is coming for a few weeks. Already that's fun. But there's more...

For this trip he's bringing a crazy immersive theatre show, drawing deeply upon the work he does as an executive coach and highly sought after people trainer who brings relentless creativity (and a glimmer of insanity) to the transformative work he does.

And now he's bringing "The Workshop with George Hymann", a brand-new theater show that explores who we are and why we do what we do to my city! August 4th, Come and get your life changed

Use promo code FriendsWithRyan and get tickets 50% off!*

*Until they're gone.
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