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Real Time FISH! Inspiration

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Do you hate your job? Feeling overwhelmed, overloaded or stressed by the lack of co-operation from your team? Customer service suffering? Morale non-existent?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you and your team need to go FISH!-ing!

FISH! is the world-famous training video with a powerful, but simple, workplace message. How to love your job!

The FISH! Philosophy teaches four simple principles that can be applied to any workplace to convert it from a dull and depressing black hole to an energetic, enthusiastic and fun – yes, fun place to work!


BettyWoodman_PikePlaceFishMarket.jpgMentor, coach and Certified FISH! Facilitator, Betty Woodman, has a diversified 20-year background of experience in dealing with people and their relationships with work.
Betty already has that passion for teaching the FISH! Philosophy and has literally changed peoples' lives by changing their attitudes to how they work, how they communicate and work with their colleagues or team, how to give fantastic customer service – internal and external – every day. But recently, she was able to experience the joy of The FISH! Philosophy first hand with a surprise visit to Pike Place Fish Market – the birthplace of The FISH! Philosophy – and she was not disappointed!

Read about Betty's visit to this FISH!-y wonderland, and think about those questions at the beginning of this article. Could you and your workplace use a FISH!-ing lesson!

At the Pike Place Fish Market the fish mongers have fun every day...

Learn more about how FISH! and the FISH! Philosophy can transform your workplace culture for the better – forever!

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Lessons from the Pike Place FISH Market
Jan 12, 2015
My husband's company is headquartered in Vancouver and so is his corporate Christmas party. This year I was able to join him for a pre-Christmas time of celebration with his company and with each other. I had never been to Vancouver before so I was certainly excited to go on this adventure. As an added bonus, we were treated to a lovely weekend away in beautiful (and yes rainy) Vancouver.

Last minute, I receive a text – "don't forget your passport". I thought this was a bit odd, we are staying in the country – or so I thought. After a lovely evening with my husband's colleagues, a day of adventure in Vancouver, Stanley Park, Capilano bridges, Canada place, the Olympic Flame, a great lunch, meeting work friends for snacks and a well deserved sleep, we got in the car and headed for Seattle.

What a nice surprise – My early Christmas gift was a trip to Seattle, to the World Famous Pike Place FISH Market. I am a FISH! Facilitator and a portion of my income relies on working with teams implementing the FISH philosophy. This philosophy stems from this fish market and the organizational decisions made to avoid bankruptcy. It has 4 practices – Be There, Play, Make Their Day and Choose your Attitude. I believe the Fish Market is full of energy and enthusiasm and laughter and joy and lots and lots of fish. They even throw fish over the counter and "perform" for their clients. This is what I firmly believe, this is what is portrayed in my videos, this is my perception and perception is a person's reality – and yet I am anxious. My trepidation is based on experiencing the reality. What if it is not true. I was a bit like a little kid getting ready to see Santa. Will my perception match my new reality? We drove on with excitement and me, some slight apprehension.

We arrive – another west coast rainy day and we arrive. The pike place market is busy with Christmas shoppers, there are beautiful works of art, flowers, food, vegetables, butcher shops and yes a fish market – there are three and we walked by the first – "no, this is not it", the second.......no, this can't be it and then, I could hear it, I could feel it, I could see it. The energy, the fun, the enthusiasm; it was all there. I almost cried with excitement and relief. The World Famous Pike Place FISH Market. I stood staring, at the Fish Mongers, working the room, playing with their customers, engaged in conversation with clients and each other, enjoying the moments as they passed, ever observant looking for opportunities. They were living the 4 FISH practices right in front of me.

I recognized Sam from my movies and like a star struck teenager I approached, introduced myself and shyly asked for a picture – yup star struck teenager for sure. I mentioned that I was a FISH! Facilitator and what happened next was amazing! I was ushered up into the market, and became part of the show – I was an honorary fish monger for that moment and I even caught the fish that was thrown to ME!! What a great experience, what a thrill, what fun.

I can hardly describe how it felt to Be There, to Play with the Fish Mongers. They Made my Day for sure and my spirits were lifted so high; I could hardly believe the experience. It was the best and I relish every moment.

There are always nuggets I learn from our adventures and this one is no exception.

Nugget 1 – I was giddy with Joy.

Why? I met one of my heroes and his enthusiasm in meeting me matched mine. He validated my belief in the FISH! Philosophy, by living the 4 practices; his energy is infectious, genuine and authentic.

Nugget 2 – I was tearful with Gratitude

My husband is my biggest fan, he is my rock and he loves me more than I can even explain. He planned this adventure for me and it means the world to me that he planned this for my sole enjoyment. Thank you again.

Nugget 3 – The FISH! Philosophy is a way of life

I do my best to live true to the 4 FISH! practices – Be There, Play, Make their Day and Choose your Attitude. It is something that needs to be recreated every day, sometimes moment to moment – that is why they are called practices – I need to practice and practice and practice.

Nugget 4 – Our Perception is our Reality
It can be scary to come face to face with long lasting beliefs. Is it easier to put our heads in the sand and pretend that our perceptions are always 100% accurate? What we think and believe may be shaken by our experiences. It is a beautiful thing when both are aligned. It is a great learning opportunity when they are not aligned. So, for me, either way you win.

Nugget 5 – Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

There is something so special about the holiday season that brings out the Santa in all of us.

My trip to the FISH! market, was an adventure I had on my list for many years – ever since I first learned about the FISH! Philosophy; it did not disappoint. I hope you take the time to plan an adventure on your list and experience all that the adventure has to offer. It is always worth it.

Thank you for spending some time with me. I wish you and yours the very best for 2015 and I hope you choose to have a great day, week, month and year.

May the FISH! be with you.

Best always,

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