Ever have a nightmare about your work? Something in which you’re late or lost or stuck in quicksand, somehow unable to do what you should? 

The more specialisedyou become, the less it possible it is for you to to talk to others about your problems, but it’s important that you do. In addition to learning from your colleagues, you may need to unburden from time to time. 

This week, along with a select gathering of my peers, I will be taking a day out at a retreat to share, strategise, moan, drink, compare, laugh, and then strategise some more. It’s important to do it from time to time, and I pose it to you as a sort of audit: Has it been too long since you’ve something down these lines?

At the smallest level, it could be coffee with a friend who knows the industry. At the grander end of that scale: an uninterrupted breakaway with fellow pros in which you reassess your entire existence. If you’re overdue for a retreat of this nature, set it up this week. Working on your business, and not just in it, could ultimately change your trajectory. 


Douglas Kruger, CSP, is a global speaker and author of five business books with Penguin. He has won the national championships for Public Speaking, through Toastmasters International, a record 5 times.

In 2016, in honour of excellence in his craft, Douglas was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame by the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa. In 2018, the National Speakers Association granted him the accreditation of Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by only 12 per cent of speakers globally.

See him in action, or sign up for his free newsletter, ‘From Amateur to Expert’ at www.douglaskruger.co.za. Email info@douglaskrugerspeaker.com