How to motivate people – and have fun with NFGL

Galyna Paliychuk, the Head of the NFGL Lund Network, made a video about the group's recent trip to Bosjökloster. Now she tells SI News about the motivation for the video, and how to encourage others to be more active and make positive change.

How to motivate people - and have fun with NFGL

My passion is to give, and to motivate people around me.

That’s what I love, and that’s why some people hate me. I have been a leader since kindergarten and there always were people who didn’t like me because of that. There always were, and still are, people who just don’t appreciate when you give something to them for free.

But, c’est la vie, and I am used to it. Thanks God, they’re in the minority.

So, my passion is the reason why the NFGL Lund network started being active so shortly after summer holidays – I’ve been just making into reality the plans which were announced in the NFGL evaluation session taking place in Stockholm (Si) in June.

Thus, we have planned four events for September, and had already done three of them.

The purpose of the guided tour to Bosjökloster was to show that the NFGL community is something bigger than just formal events, when you’re sitting in a chair and listening to some wise lectures and wise people.

It is also about team-building, and the foundation for friendship which will last for years!

As you can see from the video below, which I created after our visit, there were a lot of situations in which we needed support from each other.

For example, some people were really scared to try zip-line for the first time. But other students encouraged them, helped with instructions and showed how to overcome fear and make the jump. The same thing I noticed when we got to the boat and began losing control…Through cooperation, we overcame panic and managed to move to the shore.

I should say that many people who were registered for that event just didn’t show up because of the light rain (though there was no rain in Bosjökloster). That’s what I mean when I say that usually people don’t appreciate what you’re doing for them (because I booked a guide, the caretaker and the host of the castle, who was waiting for 20 students and met only 8 instead…). But they regretted it once they saw the photo report after the event.

So, this time we’ll have more than 20 students for our next tour to Hamlet’s Castle in Denmark, on September 27th. And I am sure that everybody will show up.

This is what is leadership about –encouraging people to make the first step, to move forward, to create lifelong useful connections with people around them. And, often, you need to show your own example to inspire them to make this move.

Life is too short and too good to be passive.

Enjoy the video and… Go ahead!

– Galyna Paliychuk


How a rental car shortage in Europe could scupper summer holiday plans

After long months of lockdowns and curfews Europeans are looking forward to jetting off for a bit of sun and sand -- only to find that their long awaited holiday plans go awry due to a shortage of rental cars.

How a rental car shortage in Europe could scupper summer holiday plans
Tourists wait outside of rental car agencies in Corsica. Photo: PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA / AFP

In many areas popular with tourists cars are simply not available or subcompacts are going for a stiff €500 euros.

Car rental comparison websites show just how expensive renting a vehicle has become for tourists this summer.

According to Carigami, renting a car for a week this summer will set tourists back an average of 364 euros compared to 277 euros two years ago.

For Italy, the figure is 407 euros this summer compared to 250 euros in 2019. In Spain, the average cost has jumped to 263 euros from 185 euros.

According to another website, Liligo, daily rental costs have nearly doubled on the French island of Corsica. At the resort city of Palma on the Spanish island of Mallorca, rental prices have nearly tripled.

Today’s problem is a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Faced with near absence of clients, selling off vehicles to raise cash made a lot of sense for car rental firms struggling to survive.

“Everyone drastically reduced their fleet,” said the head of Europcar, Caroline Parot.

Until the spring, most companies still had fleets roughly a third smaller than in 2019, she said.

Car rental firms are used to regularly selling their vehicles and replacing them, so rebuilding their inventory should not have been a problem.

Except the pandemic sent demand for consumer electronics surging, creating a shortage of semiconductors, or chips, that are used not only in computers but increasingly in cars.

“A key contributor to the challenge right now is the global chip shortage, which has impacted new vehicle availability across the industry at a time when demand is already high,” said a spokesman for Enterprise.

It said it was working to acquire new vehicles but that in the mean time it is shifting cars around in order to better meet demand.

No cars, try a van

“We’ve begun to warn people: if you want to come to Italy, which is finally reopening, plan and reserve ahead,” said the head of the association of Italian car rental firms, Massimiliano Archiapatti.

He said they were working hard to meet the surge in demand at vacation spots.

“But we’ve got two big islands that are major international tourism destinations,” he said, which makes it difficult to move cars around,
especially as the trip to Sardinia takes half a day.

“The ferries are already full with people bringing their cars,” he added.

“Given the law of supply and demand, there is a risk it will impact on prices,” Archiapatti said.

The increase in demand is also being seen for rentals between individuals.

GetAround, a web platform that organises such rentals, said it has seen “a sharp increases in searches and rentals” in European markets.

Since May more than 90 percent of cars available on the platform have been rented on weekends, and many have already been booked for much of the summer.

GetAround has used the surge in demand to expand the number of cities it serves.

For some, their arrival can’t come fast enough.

Bruno Riondet, a 51-year-old aeronautics technician, rents cars to attend matches of his favourite British football club, Brighton.

“Before, to rent a car I was paying between 25 and 30 euros per day. Today, it’s more than 90 euros, that’s three times more expensive,” he said.

In the United States, where prices shot higher during the spring, tourists visiting Hawaii turned to renting vans.

In France, there are still cars, according to Jean-Philippe Doyen, who handles shared mobility at the National Council of Automobile Professionals.

“Clients have a tendency to reserve at the last minute, even more so in the still somewhat uncertain situation,” he said.

They will often wait until just a few days before their trip, which means car rental firms don’t have a complete overview of upcoming demand, he added.

He said business is recovering but that revenue has yet to reach pre-pandemic levels as travel is not yet completely unfettered.

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