The Business of Happiness

27 July 2022

    Speakers Gym

    We’ve neglected one relationship for too long – that with ourselves

    “Happiness is your nature. It’s not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.”

    Sri Ramana Maharshi

    What a beautiful quote.

    And how entirely apt it is for now when we’re all literally locked inside our homes – banned from the outside – bar the shop run, walk or however you take your daily constitutional – banned from the distractions where we’ve been busily seeking our happiness and getting no nearer- endlessly consuming…things.


    Looking within.

    Are our homes now a metaphor for ourselves?

    We have no choice but to stay home.

    We have no choice but to look within for happiness.

    More time to just be.

    Fewer distractions. Alright, alright. I have no children to home-school and my business partner is ever keen to remind me that not everyone’s home is a haven of peace, introspection and self-discovery.

    The point I’m trying to make, is that this is a pause. A break from the conveyor belt of day-to-day doing with no space for being.

    “ Human beings not human doings.”

    Dalai Lama

    And even if it’s been “business as usual” for you with back-to-back remote meetings and plenty of prospects, it’s still a huge departure from the norm – a break in our daily habits and, therefore a chance to assess whether we can do better. On every measure.


    Going back to normal?

    Do we want to go back to normal?

    How was that doing for us?

    Were we happy? Were you happy?

    Were you operating at your best?

    How well do we really know ourselves?

    Lots of questions. It’s a good thing.


    Self-care is generous.

    Self-care is not indulgent or selfish. It’s generous to you and everyone around you.

    It seems that the relationship we neglect, or have been neglecting is that with ourselves, which is crass as it’s the one that we’re born with and will take to our graves.

    How can we be our best selves and serve others if we don’t truly understand who we are, what feeds, drives and makes us happy?

    Still more questions.

    And what does this have to do with business? Does it all have to be about business? And what is business anyway?

    More questions. Still.

    Well, the way I see it, the only business that’s worth being part of is business that helps serve people. Ourselves and others.

    If we’re not happy and if we don’t truly understand ourselves we won’t be able to give the best of ourselves.

    If you don’t know how something works you can’t get the best out of it. Pretty simple.


    A pause to understand better.

    I think this.

    The more fully that we understand, accept and celebrate our true selves and each other, the happier we’ll be and the more potential we’ll unlock.

    So. So. So.

    What’s the point of this piece?

    Take this time to pause, breathe and be present. Especially now, as we sit on the cusp of a return to “normality.”

    Take this time to sit with your thoughts and feelings, whether it’s through meditation, yoga, walking, running or good old fashioned sitting down, having a think and getting the feels – even if it is over a couple of tinnies or glasses of wine. You’ll find no judgement here.

    “Oh look within, look within, he says.”


    Mostly, we’re looking within.

    The more that we become conscious, aware and truly understand who we are, the more power we have to take back control of ourselves – no longer sleep-walking on the conveyor belt of doing, whether it was doing us or those around us any good or bad.

    We’ve spent so much time outside of the here and now, projecting into what’s next. It’s exhausting and we miss out on what’s actually happening. And when the future arrives and it’s our present, we’re never in it and never experience it fully. Well let’s.

    Now I’m not boasting or preaching. Sorry if it’s sounded like it.

    But with fewer distractions I do feel more aware, more awake, more in touch with myself, more in touch with what makes me happy.


    Happiness within.

    And it’s all within.

    So to businesses or individuals that dismiss happiness, well-being, self care and mental health, I urge a re-evaluation.

    Aside from altruism, which is always desirable, but if it isn’t for you, a happy, healthy, motivated workforce will definitely perform much better than one that isn’t those things.

    Happiness needn’t be such a dirty word at work. Now, of course, we have come a long way on this front but we have so much further to go.

    I return to the words that opened this piece because he says it far better than I have or can.

    “Happiness is your nature. It’s not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.”

    Sri Ramana Maharshi

    Do yourself a favour and take the business of your own happiness seriously. It’s daft not to.

    What our clients say



    The Speakers’ Gym is like the iPhone. You don’t realise you need it until you have it, and then you can’t live without it.

    Magda Gonzalez, Group CFO, Monex Europe



    It was completely practical and the open-forum feedback was so valuable. You created a safe environment for everyone to learn. Thank you!

    Nicola Koronka, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Missive



    I was recommended by a friend who works in the same sector to contact The Speakers’ Gym to help me with my presentation delivery skills and I have not been disappointed with the results. Chris and Jonny work with you to provide bespoke training for your goals and needs. They are highly professional and make you feel at ease from the first minute the first session begins. I would highly recommend them to those who have a role which involves public speaking!

    Julia Peake,Technical Development Manager, Sanlam



    It has challenged both my thinking and approach and I will be sure to keep The Speakers’ Gym ‘fireworks’ readily available on my desk to refer to when not only presenting but also when needed through everyday management.

    Liz Paradine – Chief Operations Manager - 7iM


    Transact first engaged with The Speaker Gym late in 2018 where Chris & Jonny made a concerted effort to get under the skin of our business and understand how they could best help us hone our presentational and empathetic skills. The resulting sessions were hugely helpful giving my team plenty of opportunity to practice and also benefit from a great deal of feedback, not just from Chris & Jonny but by including the rest of the Transact team in the feedback and group learning too. I would highly recommend The Speakers Gym

    Glen Sweet, Head of Sales, Transact

    Transact London


    Working with The Speakers’ Gym has been fantastic. We knew what we wanted to say and who we wanted to speak to, so all we needed was technique. Or so we thought. Chris and Jonny helped us to understand the key elements of communication, through a structured process. We now think about communication in a completely different way. There’s a line they gave us that now resonates in my head, every time I write or talk to someone about what we do. We feel we’ve met two great guys and they’ve become an important part of us, our story and how we tell it to others.

    Thomas Skinner, Founder, Barnaby Cecil Financial Planning

    Barnaby Cecil Financial Planning


    The impact of The Speakers’ Gym™ at Mako can only be described as transformational. Over a three month period, they helped transition a group of individuals into a highly collaborative and consultative leadership team. Chris and Jonny have a unique ability to connect individuals with their true purpose, driving them towards self-reflection and ultimately growth. Overall the entire experience of working with them has been a pleasure and I am deeply grateful for their impact. They more than surpassed my expectations and I look forward to working with them again in the future!

    Trystan Morgan-Schauer, CEO, Mako



    We engaged The Speakers’ Gym to provide us with clarity and direction in the look, feel and messaging of the Worldmaker brand in preparation for our official launch. From start to finish, the process has been truly collaborative. They worked with the expertise and experience in our team to create branding that truly represents who we are and what we represent, whilst moving us into a more modern, expressive space – which was our desire. We know that we’re in great hands with The Speakers’ Gym. We’ll certainly be continuing to work with them

    Mollie Marti, CEO, Worldmaker International

    Worldmaker International


    They first took the time to understand our brief and delivered the programme incorporating our culture and brand throughout. They were thought provoking and their unique techniques very well received.

    Mairi Cameron, Learning Manager, Nucleus Financial



    The Speakers’ Gym gave me the skills and confidence to be my normal self whilst speaking and facilitating. They took the anxiety out of public speaking and gave me practical tools to prepare for and manage public engagements. They also helped me to engage more meaningfully with my clients, for which I am thankful. Highly recommend them.

    Matthew Marais, Director, Vertus Capital

    Vertus Capital


    I found the sessions to be a revelation, and I wish I had known some of the techniques sooner. It has completely changed my mindset and focused me in on the needs of the audience. With that, the ability to achieve those aspirations has come more naturally. There is always room for improvement, and I will definitely be revisiting The Speakers’ Gym for a refresher from time to time.

    Kelly Devlin, Wealth Management Consultant - St. James’s Place Wealth Management

    St. James's Place Wealth Management
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