The Search For ‘Curiosity Searchers’ Continues

The biggest challenge with getting the right people on board while a project is in development is being to show them something tangible.

 

When I started pitching the idea of doing a series that focused on activities that could help curiosity bloom, some of the things I received from respondents were:

  • Which company did I represent?
  • Is the post for business audiences?
  • Where would it be published?
  • Will I link to their site?
  • Can I tell them more about the project?

 

The moment I get asked which company I represent…that is a sign that this person is worried about a possible conflict of interest (and from experience — if that’s a big worry, it’ll be an ongoing issue…no matter how much I address their concerns).

 

Though not having that initial post to refer to as a sample, it was the biggest opportunity as well. The initial respondents that I’m going to include in the series. (I will not readily identify them — and it does not mean that those included in the first few posts of the series are from that first pool of individuals. Though if you want to know if a particular person is….let me know….and I’ll check in with them)

 

 

The other huge hurdle I had to clear was ensuring each group had a unique activity to share. With juggling those that I already had, my strategy was avoid generic things like: ‘play music’ or ‘spend time with friends’.

 

It was definitely daunting, and whenever I felt overwhelmed with the immensity of it — I’d just remind myself that it’s a small number. 365 is no big deal. And for that side of me that worried about double ups — well….I think about that post about the inevitability of duplicates (TBA for the link —- Scott Adams mentioning that readers noticed some of his strips looked quite similar).

 

Though I’ve got my pitch email tweaked now to make it easy for the right people to ‘get it’ — and the wrong people to stick out more. I do have that second step that attempts to help those out who have veered more in the generic territory.

 

 

So if you are staring at your screen reading through my pitch email…and have absolutely nothing. That’s okay. There’s another way you can go about it: take a week or two to test out activities, and see at least one of those activities would ignite those ‘curiosity neurons’ (is there ever such a thing?)

 

Here are some to get you started:

  • Participate in Inktober
  • Get a friend to pick the next film you see. (Okay…you can give some requirements — I’m not going to advocate you going to watch something graphic if those kinds of films are ones you specifically avoid)
  • Attend a film festival.
  • Ask your bestie what would be an almost impossible project she would like to see brought to life
  • Do 10 days of NaNoWriMo — then send out what you have so far to be evaluated.
  • Find a mentor for an activity that you keep rescheduling.
  • Ask your favourite client what you can improve with your service.
  • Use GIMP to produce an illustration.
  • Look for a publication that you can submit your writings to. (Have those pieces that really haven’t found a home yet?)
  • Commission a composer to write a song for you. (Get involved in the process as much as you can)
  • Work with an arranger to structure your pieces for a chamber music quintet.
  • Upgrade your beatboxing skills
  • Take voice lessons
  • Go through your contact list and find ten people who you can introduce to each other.
  • Work on a 1,000 piece puzzle
  • Sell something on Etsy
  • Create your logo. (Maybe you’ll even find the right graphic designer to make it happen)
  • Print a limited run of business cards.
  • Find the next evolution of your wardrobe.
  • See how you can apply minimalism in your life.
  • Sample various playlists in Deezer to find what helps you focus more and get things done. (Maybe you even have a different playlist when you are doing activities that you hate: like reviewing and updating business expenses).

 

 

 

Apparently the Tumblr post I link to gets shut down every now and then (though I don’t think it’s because of the content of the post) so…I went through one of them (it’s been reblogged a number of times that it’s easy to find versions of the post) and thought of ideas based on the list.

 

In its simplest form. It’s to name an activity that helped you get to your next idea. Whether it is the best way to restructure your company during the exit process, choosing your business partner, helping you be more patient with your adolescent kids, understanding a client more….

 

 

Oh….and have you tried boredom? My go-to activity is doing laundry and washing dishes. A way to step away from my workstation and just let my subconscious free while I sort out some suds and make a couple of floormats huggable again. I know that’s more of idea generation —- at least you are left with the an idea even if you couldn’t clearly recall the web of connections that got you there.

 

I’ll be updating this post as each post of the series gets published:

  1. TBA

 

 

Are there activities that you discovered recently that I should add to the list? Tweet it out to me at @LeighLim (Or you can reply to this, this, this, or this)

 


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Wait…

Was it was an action!?

Better do that first before sending me that note!

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The Best Way To Reach Me

As I was having a quick look and update on ‘My Cheeky FAQ’ I realised that it might help if there was a specific entry (and I can’t wait to hear from you if this post indeed helped!) that helps you know how to best send me a message.

 

  • Tumblr – I am on there at least once a fortnight (unless intentionally focusing on completing something and my fan tendencies need to be ‘on hold’ because they are a hindrance rather than a compliment!)
  • YouTube – Though sometimes notifications cross over with Google+ — I still find it a handy playform to send (and receive!) private messages.
  • Google+ – apparently there’s a way to send me messages even if I am not ‘online’ (I’ll get your notifications and that would prompt me to check my messages)
  • Form – This comes in handy if you are on a device that you avoid using to log-in to your various social media accounts. Even if you don’t put your email address, as long as you give me your Tumblr / YouTube / Google+ handle, and I can chase you up there.

 

 

What you’ll need in your message:

  • your email address!
  • How I can help you. (Really. Tell me! Don’t worry about sounding all ‘sales-ey’. Because the sooner I find out how I can add value to you, the sooner I am able to generate ideas! It’s as easy as completing this statement: ‘Leigh, I want _____ to happen. Can you help?’ If there are multiple items, take some time to consider what is most important for you to achieve. Whether it be finding someone who is equally smitten by BrainDead, or needing creative juice to improve your interactions with people you serve.)
  • If you have references (such as my tweet or a post), it would help a LOT if you include it too!

 

 

 

 


Did this post spark something that you’d like to talk about more? Go for it! Send me a quick note so I can learn about your bumpy (yet exciting!) adventures.

Wait…

Was it was an action!?

Better do that first before sending me that note!

First time visiting? It’ll be great if you head here after reading. πŸ™‚

 

Comments: You’ll have to reach out to me via Google+ (click on the hangout button), Youtube (when you’re logged in, and on this page, a ‘message’ button would pop up), or Tumblr (visit any one of my pages, and there would be a button that would make a new window pop-up for you to send me a message) to let me know that you are keen on posting a comment. At the moment, WordPress has this weird comment system that uses cookies from other sites, so until they fix it that only cookies come from within the domain…I am unable to view new comments when they come in.

Your Life In Sound

I get it now.

All those times when I’m bothered by background noise (sometimes even music I forget to turn off) when working on something, I failed to see how embracing my own score can remind me that I need to keep focused on the story I’m weaving.

 

 

Focused, as in mindful. Not going on auto-pilot, in a way that I’d miss an opportunity to connect with someone and hear about their story. Mindful in a way that even if I have a disappointing result, there is always a takeaway — and I can always find ways to grow.

 

 

So here am I now, typing away. And earlier, I had this playing in the background while pondering how to structure this post once I had my ‘AHA Moment’

I wish you well on your journey, to the story you’re weaving. Just in case you don’t have any music with you, that’s okay. Just look up, and see how the clouds are different today, and will never look the same way again.

 

 

I can’t help but smile. I get it. I do. πŸ˜€

 

 

First time visiting? It’ll be great if you head here after reading. πŸ™‚

 

Turning Off Reblogging

Did you know that instead of requesting others not to re-blog your content, you can just turn the functionality off?

A while back, I remember a couple of ‘About Me’ sections of blogs requesting not to re-blog their content. Now I’m not sure why they keep that functionality on still (unless they didn’t know that it can be turned off).

I guess from a Twitter user’s perspective, reblogging is similar to retweeting:

2015-03-07 - Retweet Example - Neil Gaiman

That is why I didn’t mind the concept (though I don’t think my content has been reblogged before).

 

Though I do understand those who choose not to have their content show up on another site (maybe because it is likely that the person who came across a post that has been reblogged, might not visit the site where the content originated from?).

 

Anyway! Let me stop myself, so I can guide you through the steps required to turn off the reblogging option on your site:

  1. Go to WP Admin (by clicking My Site —> WP Admin) 2015-03-07 - Reblogging - Step 1
  2. Click on Settings —> SharingΒ 2015-03-07 - Reblogging - Steps 2 and 3
  3. Scroll down to the end of the page and select: “Don’t show the Reblog button on posts”

That’s it! πŸ™‚ Hope that lessened your worries today (that someone would share your content without your permission)!

First time visiting? It’ll be great if you head here after reading. πŸ™‚

 

Health Goals

With all the talk of the importance of taking care of your health (proactively rather than reactively), I was reminded earlier of one of the reasons why so few keep at it.

Because is difficult! :/ And since our brains most times act like 2 year olds (not usually into long term thinking), schedules are usually ignored and goals are shelved.

No…no…no. I’m not going to give you a bunch of things to do to evaluate yourself…or scare you into thinking that if you don’t act now…you literally are losing money.

Instead…

I’m going to ask you what your health goal is for this week? What’s the one thing that you’d like to improve on? sleep? meals (less sugar intake)?

 

Some reading that may help you find yours:

 

Me? Well…I’m going for sleep.

Yep…another reason I’m typing now…and not in dreamland…is I stuffed up my sleeping schedule (it happens on days when I get sucked into either learning something new I can apply, or getting a burst of creative energy…and not hitting the breaks in time.). And with me and sleep, it is not just as simple as blaring through a podcast and drifting off — I actually have to be consistent (give or take an hour).

First time visiting? It’ll be great if you head here after reading. πŸ™‚

 

What the Feed!?

You know how you expect to see something after a certain action…and then suddenly…something completely different happens?

Usually after posting each entry (both here and the WNE Q&A), I look at the tag feed. To check if the post got picked up, as soon as it has been published. What I found is some tags do not pick-up posts instantly — and even if I haven’t found a use for that bit of information…I’m sure my brain is happy to have it on standby!

Right after I posted Josh’s Q&A — I noticed something odd that came up when it showed up on the tag feed:

Tag Feed - ScreenShot - 2015-02-09 - 10 PM

Comparing what you see when you look through Josh’s Q&A. The summary on the tag feed doesn’t reflect what the entry looks like:

  • Picture of Josh’s ‘book buy stash‘ (Instagram)
  • Teaser: “Josh shares his journey as a reader, one way he makes use of Evernote, and his approach to find homes for a number of books after he got married.”
  • First few lines of the Q&A.

Entry ScreenShot - 2015-02-09 - 10-09 PM

Instead what came up was:

  • Photo for my mini-bio (which you can find at the end of the Q&A with a LOT of scrolling)
  • Text from Josh’s Instagram post.
  • More text from the said Instagram post!

 

When I saw the weird summary come up on the feeds..the following thoughts came up:

  • Wow…I shouldn’t put in my picture there (maybe somehow WordPress puts it as a priority?)…and just leave my mini-bio in text format…and just link to my photo.
  • Now visitors might think that that’s how each Q&A looks like! That it doesn’t make sense (I made peace with this thought). πŸ™‚
  • WordPress….WHY!? (Then I thought of a way to send my message of woe through Twitter or one of the WordPress forums. Though after awhile thinking about it…I realise I have two options: wait and check my next post or just post it anyway…just in case it is an issue WordPress isn’t aware of)

 

Have you experienced something similar? Please…please…oh…please let me know! πŸ™‚

 

What makes you smile?

I had just been thinking about the various things we do that enable us to easily bond with others. One of the things that came to mind (probably the most accessible?) is though humour.

 

Some (random ones) that caught my eye:

  • 0:30Β (cute hat huh? hehehe) in this Maru video :

 

Related Links:

  • “We all have that one person in our lives who, no matter the circumstances, can put a smile on our otherwise scrunched face.” – Lindsay Holmes (Huffington Post)
  • “Future innovators often produce hilarious feats of imagination.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter (HBR)
  • “It can provide welcome perspective on the process, can lighten the challenges involved, and can keep undue seriousness at bay.” –Β  Carl Pickhardt

 

I’d really like to find out what yours is like! Can you describe it? or is it defined more by what makes you smile and laugh? Sure, you can put something on the comment section — or send me something directly. πŸ™‚

Note 1: I’m absolutely not expecting that you will have the same tastes as me! I’ve learned that it is quite okay to get along well with another person even if we don’t laugh at the same things (though I am a firm believer that eventually there will be something that would get both of us smiling and laughing!)

Note 2: Want more links? πŸ™‚ Send me a quick hello…and I’ll be sure to send ’em to you!

 

 

Reaching Out

For a number of times now, I have come across instances when I wanted to contact the person behind a blog entry to send a personal message. Even if it was a form I needed to fill in…I’d do it.

So to you, who have allowed your readers for a way to reach you. Thanks! πŸ˜€

The Companion

Welcome! πŸ™‚

(Yes! I truly mean that!)

You’ve just found the little corner I’ve created to be able to easily find links and be able to add complimentary content for the Q&A, videos, or other projects.

If it gets messy and too confusing, you have my permission to give me a nudge — and I’ll be sure to simplify (and tag properly!) as much as I can with some feedback from you.

You are not limited to publicly putting comments below — and can actually reach me directly! Just zoom on to here (when you fill in the form don’t forget to put your email address so I can thank you for taking the time to reach out.).