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.
Too often we slip into a slow, steady fall. We don’t stay sharp. We have experience where we perhaps once had blind passion and energy. Experience is great, but not if you stay there and become complacent.
Now that the event booking stuff is all live, I’ve turned more of my thoughts to picking up any new insights that I want to include in the workshop. And that led me to this peach of a post by Graham Keen.
I attended a few of Graham’s webinars about 9 years ago – some great insights at the time on collective psychology and some impacts on communication. I’ve kept on his email list and connected through LinkedIn.
This post – Being Great at Speaking in Public – ticks so many boxes, some great points that I completely agree with. If you want a quick read and some key points to consider, have a look.
I really hope this helps you develop. It certainly reinforced some key ideas that were already in the workshop. And Graham gave me a few sparks of new angles to approach a couple of things slightly differently. It’s good to share helpful content with you, I trust you agree!
So stay sharp, find your SCZ and keep looking for ways to develop your skills.
Thanks for reminding me about avoiding the slow, steady fall from sharpness, Graham!