Peter Dempsey is a Spark Member at Hub Adelaide. Peter has been with Hub for over six months, and we had a chat with him to see how he’s been making the most of the community in Adelaide and how he’s found the Spark Program at Hub.
Hey Peter, tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Peter Dempsey, I am a peak performance coach who helps bullies and their targets become leaders. I do this through the power of positive mindset and habitual changes, and I’ve been involved in this work for around 8 years now.
I myself had a stroke when I was four and have had to push myself back into a positive mindset and overcome all of these barriers ever since so now I help others unleash their potential in the same way.
Can you talk us through what you’re developing through the Spark Program?
The name of my coaching business is Cognitive Essence and through this, I also do a lot of professional speaking. Not only do I coach people on these concepts I also effectively communicate them to teams and groups in order to inspire them in business and life.
Adding to this is the project I have focused on a lot through the Spark Program, called Add Ability.
Add ability focuses on helping people who only have the use of one hand adapt to their new situation through the use of my strategies and techniques in this area. Myself and my business partner communicate this through an online training package and a lot of this has to do with developing a positive mindset around the circumstances, so this ties in well with the coaching work I have been doing all these years.
Having been a Hub member for about six months now, can you summarise your time at Hub and how it’s been for you?
I love that there are so many entrepreneurs and people here to bounce ideas off. As crazy as my ideas get I’ve never found someone here who would say ‘no, you can’t do that’. Everyone helps out and helps everyone else get stuff done.
One of my best memories here was sitting in a group of entrepreneurs who were hot-desking with us for the day, and somehow we ended up creating 10 business ideas just by bouncing off of one another. My biggest catch-phrase for this was ‘but what if you can?’ and we kept going to the next level with it. So much fun to work in an environment where stuff like this happens every day!
I also really value the Hub team here who help keep the whole show on the road, they’re great to work with as well.
What should other members and our readers online approach you to discuss?
Perseverance and Fun.
I can turn any stupid situation with family or friends into fun. Or any negative situation at all into the feeling you want to have about it. The thing with neuroplasticity is to focus on the feeling. Or more specifically, how would you come up with a good feeling in a particular situation?
For instance, if you are going into a job interview and you are getting nervous,
How would you like to feel?
What would make you feel that way?
Imagine having your own Body Guard detail walking in behind you.
Now tell me about them, are they big guys in black suits with sunglasses? Awesome.
Your brain can’t tell the difference between you imagining these guys are behind you and them actually being there. This will, at the very least, take the edge off and allow you to perform at your best. You can then solidify these benefits through breathing. Just push your stomach out with your diaphragm, take control of your breathing, lock in the feeling you want and take control of the situation you weren’t enjoying.
Have you got any advice for people looking to join the Spark program?
Just do it – the resources in this space are priceless. It will kick-start your business in ways you can’t even imagine, and be a huge rush of development just like it was for me, and the environment is exactly what you need. There’s a saying that you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with. So spend time with the awesome people here!