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Act Up – 5 Steps to Resilient Living

This is an invitation to explore and expand the role we play. At work, at home we often play very different roles and rightly so. It is critical to understand not only how you play each role but also how it is perceived. Expectations in a workplace need to be managed and understood by both the “player” and the “audience”. With humour and insight Bill invites us to ask questions and find answers about who were are in the world and how our ”show” is going. Shakespeare said “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely player”. Bill also explores the very mental and emotional mechanisms at play in the act of creation itself. He also shows how resilience is both innate and learned. He shares his own 5 Steps for Resilient Living gained from what he describes as as life of “trial and error”.

This is a fun and insightful experience that is among Bill’s most personal and heartfelt offerings. Bill often says, “I’ve truly lived this one! My whole life has been an experiment in trying to Act Up and not just act out.”

Questions Explored:

  1. What roles do we play?
  2. What roles do we want to play and how do we want to play them?
  3. Who else is ‘on stage’ with us?
  4. What are our and everyone else’s expectations?
  5. How do we decide what to say, how to move and what to be?
  6. What is our character really all about?
  7. How do we maintain our resilience so we can perform at an optimal authentic level in this wild world in which we find ourselves?


  1. A heightened understanding of our roles and of the authorship of our lives
  2. More intentional, authentic living and ways to make that a reality.
  3. A greater appreciation of the roles others play in our lives and that we play in theirs
  4. Putting the fun and enjoyment back in performance
  5. Learn how to live with equilibrium, creativity and resilience.
  6. Learn how to apply the five steps we need to take to be resilient
  7. Finding that character we are proud to play and playing it fully and with joy.

Bill is also pleased to offer his book “Acting Up: Lessons from the Theatre of Life” for those wishing to go more deeply into a search for their own authentic self.  Bill’s book is available for  purchase in paperback at Amazon.  To sample or purchase the audio version, please visit your favourite electronic retailer Audible,, Hoopla Digital, Audiobooks.comor


“Best seminar ever!” and “I needed to hear that!” were just a few of the repeated comments echoed in response to Bill Carr’s seminar addressing some 100 Teamsters Union Stewards at our annual seminar.  Bill speaks with a poignant, direct and personal style and delivers with an authority gleaned from varied personal life experiences, and shares these intimate nuggets of life with the wit and charm of a true Canadian Maritimer. As a facilitator, Bill draws the best from his audience, his compassionate prodding empowering even the most reticent participants to share personal insight and opinions. I would unreservedly and wholeheartedly recommend Bill to any organization or group function David Froelich, Secretary Treasurer, Teamsters Local Union 987 of Alberta

Bill was the star of the Council’s events.  His talk received an overwhelming positive response from our Stewards. He had has us roaring with laughter and in tears as he delivered information that was on point for the important work that our Union Stewards do.  He received 4/4 on our evaluations by Council participants with comments such as Awesome Speaker!, Hilarious! and made me remember why I became a Steward! Thanks for all your efforts. – Catherine Pinks, Professional Institute of the Public Service

Everyone enjoyed Bill’s presentation immensely.  His personal stories were real, and ones that all could connect to.  His maritime perspective was endearing and his sense of humour was wonderful and enjoyed by all.  He was easily able to tie his world and life experiences to our world of post secondary education and to give all a sense of accomplishment for our work. It was a perfect end to our two days together.I would highly recommend Bill as a keynote in the future.  He was extremely well received, and is certainly one of the reasons that our conference was such a success – Norma MacIntosh, Dean, Faculty of Continuing Education & Extension

 I just wanted to thank you for recommending Bill for our team building event. His presentation was interesting, thought provoking and hilarious. I was amazed by the emotion he evoked from the entire room. I think everyone took something important home with them that day. He was the best speaker we’ve had to date and I hope to work with him again in the near future. – Maggie Morrison, The Regional Municipality of York