A few months ago, I started on a wee journey (in case you hadn’t noticed); maybe I’d call it an experiment if I want to avoid the post-modern cliché.
What’s been happening?
I’ve been talking more about helping people communicate their ideas in effective ways. About my desire to work with people help develop so they can create and deliver presentations that inspire and move people.
- I will help people take their big ideas and bring them to life for others
- I will help people use storytelling, humour and authenticity to get their ideas into their audiences heads so they take action
- I will help people overcome that most-commons of fears; public speaking.
Remember why you’re doing it
Today I was reminded how much this stuff makes me come more alive. A friend was taking some pictures while I told people a few things about story and why it’s so brilliant for communicating ideas. He remarked that I came alive!
And so I’m reminded that we need to be alive to live. I realise again how much it means to me to see people given the tools to communicate great things well.
I’ve asked before for people’s help in spreading the word. And so I’m at it again. Only because I really believe the world needs people who can communicate well. I need to be better at this communication lark too, no doubt.
In less than a week I’ll be giving someone the chance to be at my next workshop for free. I’ve not run a competition before so if it’s your first time entering then that’s cool too!
Here’s the action:
Would you share this link with people you’re connected with? If you enter, you’ll get a unique url you can share. Each time you share it will boost the number of entries you get. Simple!
You can be there too if you like – either book your own ticket or enter the competition.
Thanks for reading. And for sharing.
Earlier in the week, I wrote about “yes”.
“Yes – and….” is another thing entirely.
I remember an invitation to a leadership session with some people at work. It would have been 2007 and I had no idea what it would all be about. Continue reading “The choices we make – part two”
“Yes” is a good word.
I like to think that my “yes” means just that. However, far to often I try and do too much which means that my commitment to being somewhere at a given time is either just-in-time or just missed.
Reflecting on my habits as a person-who-likes-to-keep-the-world-happy, the tendency to say “yes” too often is unhelpful at best and destructive at worst.
Continue reading “The choices we make – part one”
It may be because I think too much, but I’ve been doing a little reflection on what my motivations are.
Wrestling with concerns like making sure I’m “doing the right thing” has been a struggle for me for a long time. So I think motivations are a fascinating area to explore. And knowing that human hearts can be deceiving, motivations can be quite hard to truly understand. Continue reading “Clearing up the motives”
I fell off my bike on Friday.
I got up again and pedalled on. No significant damage to the bike – or to me. The slow, steady fall was caused by me not noticing that the path was actually sludge and not tarmac at a given point I was overtaking a pedestrian (it was a shared-use path).
Getting back on the bike was important (mainly as I was 10 miles from home). But also to keep things that were tender moving – and prevent something seizing up. Continue reading “Point to where it hurts”
Last week I sent some emails to people on my lists – friend, contacts and people who had downloaded the Guide I published a few weeks before. It was another milestone for me and one that I’m grateful to have reached.
You know how it feels when you take something from a bunch of ideas, tasks and noise in your head and wrestle into some kind of order and then make it happen. It’s soooo goooooood. But that wasn’t all. Continue reading “I had something in my eye”
Standing up for what you believe in – your idea, your business, your passion – can be really daunting. Getting through that presentation or talk without falling apart is one thing. Making it amazing is another.
I’m delighted to invite you to my next Presentation Skills Workshop where we’ll explore ways to do just that: develop and deliver amazing presentations. Continue reading “Get ’em while they’re hot”
Four weeks since launching out on this little adventure in helping people develop and deliver great presentations, my enthusiasm is un-abated.
So it’s time for my fourth update from the dining room. This time the production value is up, the lens is turned ‘round and there’s a little self-reflection on feedback. Continue reading “From the Dining Room – week four!”
Lives are complicated. Flawed yet beautiful at times. The layers of nuance and interdependence can be mystifying. I get lost trying to work out what’s going on sometimes. I’ve been thinking about this as I tell the story of what I’m doing. And where I might be heading. Continue reading “Utterly convinced that sometimes I know nothing”
A few people have been asking me for a little more information on the Presentation Skills workshop. So this Thursday-update-from-the-dining-room includes some of that. Continue reading “What’s in a workshop?”