This Is Rich Lord
Rich Lord is an inspiring, smiling, motivational blogger, who wants to spread smiles around wherever he can and for others to be able to enjoy the world they live in.
Experienced in sport management, digital strategies, and personal development, Rich certainly doesn’t enjoy letting his talents go to waste. An active mind, a spirit of helpfulness, and a bucketload of enthusiasm for improvements be it in people, local groups, or communities.
Rich has been a blogger since 2013 when he started documenting his running. Rich’s blog posts have been well received, and have been featured in a number of publications and websites over the years. Rich is looking forward to getting his work out to a wider audience. Watch this space for further news of this.
Rich believes that we all have experiences that we can learn from, or where others can learn from when we share them. His personality comes across clearly in his writing which he believes is important as it is authentic and from his heart and true to his values.
Rich started running late in the Autumn of 2012 when a friend persuaded him to take part in the Liverpool Santa Dash 5k run. From those days he started not being able to run for a bus to go on to run over 100 races, 24 half marathons, 5 full marathons, and a super-sprint triathlon. Rich has a saying ‘Smiles Through The Miles’ and he lives by this. He makes sure that he puts enjoyment before competitiveness. It’s important to remember WHY you’re doing something, especially if it is hard work at times.
Rich is a run leader now for his local running club, Pontefract Athletics Club, and whilst isn’t competing as much nowadays is very much a keen ambassador for social running and enjoying yourself whilst running with friends. He says that it isn’t always about getting a good time, but having a good time is important too.
As well as being a run leader for Pontefract Athletics Club, Rich is also on the management committee and has responsibility for the digital output from the club. He recently revamped the website and social media channels. One major focus of this was to flip the content round to looking to encourage new potential members rather than primarily focus on the current members, who were being catered for in a separate area.
Rich has a history of sport management and in his time living in the Midlands, was very influential in the world of Rugby League in the area. He was invited to a Mayoral Reception in the City of Wolverhampton for his Contribution to Sport in the City. He not only set up a club from scratch with two colleagues but developed a pioneering recruitment strategy for the area that saw over 200 players within two years try the sport for the very first time. This pioneering approach was recognised and rewarded by the sport’s governing body too.
Rich later went on to lead a tag and touch rugby side after his move back to Yorkshire, and they went on to be very successful locally and achieved a lot during his time with the club. One focus of Rich’s was to recruit and expand the number of females playing the game seeing as it was a mixed sport. Rich is an inclusive recruiter and prides himself on ensuring that opportunities are open to all and challenging ‘the norm’ was part of his drive for change.
Many people think they know what’s what on social media. They know how to knock up a Facebook page and get people posting, or they can put pictures on Instagram and post updates on Twitter. Great. But what are the aims and objectives of what you are trying to find out. What do their viewers and followers WANT? It is one thing telling people what you do if people don’t want that. Focus on what your audience wants. This is the fundamental thing that Rich believes in. What do people want? Not, what do you want to tell them!
Rich is keen to work with people or groups or communities that want to focus on growth. Rich wants to challenge them to review what they’re offering and to investigate why what’s happening IS and ISN’T working the way they want. A fresh pair of eyes can do so much. Rich asks the right questions to see what you can do next, in the interest of their users/viewers/readers/supporters, etc… There are so many tools and ideologies that can be adopted if you take the time to stop, look, and listen, as the Green Cross Code man used to say. This may be paraphrasing him slightly though!
Rich has a working background across a number of sectors. He started work on a cadet scheme at Royal Mail where he worked across all the areas of the organisation learning all aspects of the pipeline. He then went to work in administration for a number of private sector companies. Rich spent 7 years working for the local out-of-hours GP service and this was his first steps into the healthcare sector.
As Project Manager / IT Manager, Rich got a lot of exposure to the statistics and improvements area of the organisation. Through this, Rich could identify where small changes could benefit patients in a large way. His commitment to helping others was evident in the changes that Rich brought about to the patient-facing service.
Rich started work for a new NHS employer when he moved back to Yorkshire and it is here where Rich’s professional qualifications started gathering. Already with a Diploma in Management behind him, Rich became qualified in ITIL Service Management, Business Analysis, and Project Management – both Prince 2 and Agile. Rich’s eagerness to learn from others as well as through courses shines through as he wants to improve himself and his effectiveness too. Every day is a school day, one way or another.
Rich wants to not only develop himself through events and issues he sees and encounters in life, but he also wants to encourage others to develop too. He has learned a lot about motivation and inspiration over the last 10-15 years and it is through his passion for helping people that this is an outlet that Rich really enjoys sharing with others.
Well, you know more about Rich now. What next? Well, here are a few ideas:
- Read the blog
- Buy the e-book How A Fat Sweaty Santa Became A Marathon Runner
- Get in touch
- Connect with Rich on social media
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