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Book details
  • Genre:SELF-HELP
  • SubGenre:Motivational & Inspirational
  • Language:English
  • Pages:240
  • eBook ISBN:9789810722449

Aha, Mother's Pearls

by Kevin J Cottam

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Moments that change the course of your performance in life often appear like a flash of light coming out of nowhere, from a voice you may have heard from deep within or an image you may have seen. In whatever situation, the beautiful pearl of knowledge is revealed to you, it is sitting there behind the curtain, waiting to be discovered. Through a collection of personal reflections and recollections on his own life, Kevin J. Cottam invites you to use your personal moments or awakenings when the word Aha spontaneously appears as a pearl of wisdom and guidance for your performance in life.

“Moving, honest and from the heart, ‘Aha, Mother’s Pearls’ is a true treasure – a beautiful necklace with its stones of wisdom, bright and timeless to treasure.” Vivienne Vermes, Author, Paris.

"The learning in these heartfelt personal stories resonates deeply within me and I am thankful to Kevin for them as daily reminders.” - Patrick Liew, CEO, HSR Global Ltd


Aha, Mothers’s Pearls is collection of 27 pearls / chapters of Kevin Cottam’s autobiographical ‘aha’ moments of realization. The book is an intriguing, universal and reachable body, mind, soul / Self-help book of approximately 40,000 words. Each colourful and descriptive ‘pearl’ such as Patience, Mirror, Truth, Honesty or Respect has a different cultural flavour, that takes place in a different ‘oyster’ or city or country worldwide.

It may be a book of Kevin’s personal voyage of learning and celebration in life’s lessons, but it is, moreover, meant to be a catalyst book to encourage people to discover and reflect on their own pearls or aha moments, their own stories in life, and their own lessons.

The uniqueness difference of Aha, Mother’s Pearls to other books of this genre comes from the creative metaphoric approach in style and form to story-telling and celebrating our own life lessons, whether they were positive or negative. In this regard, all lessons are regarded as positive.

The wake-up for each reader may or may not come Kevin’s stories. The real learning for the reader will come from the discovery of their own pearl experiences through a variety of exercises and contemplations of their own personal stories at the end of each pearl which will assist in deepening their self awareness. Aha, Mother’s Pearls is a vehicle of grace. 

About the author

Kevin, a Canadian based in Singapore, has a vast thirty plus year history of working as a elite Figure Skating Coach, trainer and choreographer to National, World and Olympic Champions (e.g. Kurt Browning, Kristi Yamaguchi, Yuka Sato, Elizabeth Manley). His history in elite sport and entertainment got him invited to do the closing speech at TEDxGhent, Belgium event called, ‘In the Zone.’ Kevin’s knowledge of high performance helps him not only define the direction his work, but inspire his passion, drive and focus to help individuals, teams and organizations achieve balance, excellence and success by performing to their creative and innovative best.

Today, Kevin, integrates and leverages his knowledge for programs in Performance and Creativity Development, Presentation Skills, Energy and Stress Management, Leadership and Team Building. His newest unique product, The Cutting Edge Team – Teambuilding on Ice for leaders and middle managers is a first of its type in the world. Some of his clients include - the public sector e.g. European Commission and European Administration School (EAS); not for profit, e.g. ECCO – European Cancer Organization, IFAH Europe, Meeting Professionals International (MPI Dallas/Luxembourg); education, Solvay MBA School, Brussels; private sector, e.g. Tmf Marketing (Munich and Mumbai), TLC 360 (Portugal), Accenture (Brussels), Hertz (London). He is also an associate Coach and Trainer with Mannaz (Asia); Cegos Asia Pacific; BICK (consortium for the European Institutions).

As a director/choreographer of large sporting productions (Closing Ceremonies ’88 Olympic Games, Holiday on Ice Productions – ‘Energia’) and Award Winning Short Dance Filmmaker, he brings a unique perspective of the processes and diligence it takes to stimulate creativity and innovation; energize and motivates individuals and teams working towards a singular goal while holding onto the Big Picture.

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology; Certified Success Coach and TILT 360 Leaders Coach; NLP Practitioner; Organizational Relationship Systems Coach Trained to name a few. He is an active member of the International Coaching Federation as an ACC, Asia Pacific Speakers Singapore and Toastmasters International.

Kevin is also the author of an inspiring compilation of 27 personal stories of learning called ‘Aha, Mother’s Pearls’.

‘In an industry that is often crowded with ex-business executives offering business-oriented advice, Kevin Cottam brings a fresh perspective to the challenges one faces when trying to carve a new path in life.’Bill Baker, CEO, Bill Baker and Co, Vancouver, Canada