The Power of Presence

How often do you feel like you are talking with someone and they are only half listening, if at all?  

And how many times have you been in conversation with someone and realised that you are busy in your mind with you own thoughts and not really listening to what the person is saying?

It’s a common problem and one that we’re all guilty of. 

Just the other day, I was in a café sipping my latte and reading the paper when a friend of mine popped in.  He saw me and came over to say “Hi Jo, how are you?”  At first I replied that ‘I’m fine, thank you – how are you? ‘

The classic meaningless answer.

In fact, I lied.  I was not feeling fine at all.  Something had happened the day before which involved the words and behaviour of another person which I had taken personally and it had left me feeling emotionally bruised.

What happened next was truly remarkable.

Jason was standing in front of the table I was sitting at.  I’m not sure why but in the next breath I told Jason that actually, I wasn’t feeling fine today at all.  He then pulled up a chair and sat down on the table opposite me.  Before I knew it, I was sharing with him what had transpired. 

He never said a word. 

He just listened.

But it was more than that.  He gave me 100% of his attention. 

It was as if time stood still.

He was completely present. 

That conversation lasted a mere 5 minutes, yet in that 5 minutes, my experience was transformed by his presence who simply gave me his time and held the loving space to allow me to express myself.  I felt listened to and understood, and that helped me to gain perspective and feel good. 

Such is the power of presence and complete attention.  We experience some of the most meaningful conversations and heartfelt connections with others when we are being 100% present.

I believe we need more of these moments.  So much good can come from it and I’m sure you’ve had this experience too.

Presence is one of life’s precious gifts that you can give to another anytime, anywhere and you too will benefit from the feel good factor.  I’m all for powerful connections and purposeful conversations.

Much love,


Jo Hutchinson

Expanding Potential

Great Spirit NZ Ltd – ‘it’s a way of being’

T. +64 27 414 4291+64 27 414 4291  E.  W.

Jo Hutchinson is a Facilitator of Change, a Personal Growth and Leadership Mentor who helps people discover their life’s purpose, pursue it and live life authentically.  To change your life, your work or in fact anything, you have to start with changing yourself first.

One person can make a difference.  BE that ONE.

Coming Up…

Coaching on Waiheke  Island – 1 hour $125 or 1.5 hours $150 by appointment

Take some time out for you.  Escape the city and head on over to the pristine Waiheke Island.  Book your personal coaching session with Jo and get the clarity, confidence and courage to live that dream that is within you.  She will pick you up from Matiatia Wharf and drop you back afterwards. 

Optional Add-Ons

Make a day of it and add on a two hour Guided Forest Walk and Meditation/Visualization for $150 per person.  Or take your vision to new heights and enjoy the thrill of ziplining with an EcoZip Adventure for $119 per person.

Summer Holidays

With summer holidays just around the corner, Jo will be available 7days/week on the island so if you feel like a day out and need some extra coaching help with manifesting your dream life or work, then get in touch by phone 027 414 4291027 414 4291 or email to check availability.

Entrepreneurs Workshop – Waiheke Island Thursday 26 November $297

Waiheke Island has a history of pioneers, is full of entrepreneurs and creatives so this is an awesome environment to boost passion and creativity. In this a one day workshop, it’s your chance to step back from your business and create the space to work on your business, not in it.  A day to re-flect, re-think, re-purpose, re-invision what’s next in your evolution and align your passion with a plan of inspired and meaningful action that will deliver to your big vision and goals.

‘Follow Your Heart’ Journals – Made with love, these A5 journals are designed to inspire and support you on your journey of personal growth.  The artwork on the cover is one of Jo’s original paintings and the 110 pages are made from recycled paper.  They are one of a kind and unlined so you can express yourself in a myriad of ways from writing, sketching and mind-mapping.  Just $25 delivered to your door.

‘Journeys of the Heart and Spirit’ – Remembering Ancient Aotearoa   In this short love story, Jo takes you on an ancient journey as she explores the volcanic plateau and nature of New Zealand and Waiheke Island.  Filled with little nuggets of wisdom, it will touch your heart and inspire your spirit.  Available as an E-Book on Amazon or as a PDF including photos on my website NZ$3.99

The BIG Personal Growth Tours to Egypt and Peru in 2016 – Take 2 weeks out of your life to work on you as we explore our inner world through the outer worlds of Egypt and Peru in 2016.  Not for everyone, these tours are for those who want to grow and evolve into their highest expression and live life with heart centred awareness. Places are limited to 8 people and full details are here

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