The Best Thing For Today And Tomorrow

Do I want to spend two hours and be heard by 5 people or 300?

 

I would have thought my daily choices point to the latter (thereby leveraging my time). But after a quick audit of my activities, I still have a tendency to pick broadcasting to 5 over 300.

 

While watching a documentary earlier today…I got a stark reminder that I am one of those drivers Danny Kahneman was talking about. The scenario was that even if Taxi Drivers know that they get more passengers during rainy days vs sunny days, they don’t make it a point to work more hours on rainy days (and take a day off during sunny days). What’s worse, is the Taxi Drivers stop working once they hit their daily goal (which is the same during sunny days) even when there are tons more earning opportunities.

 

So, in addition to my daily time tracking sheets — I am aiming to pause every few hours to ask the question: ‘Should I continue? Or do I need to pivot?’

 

I know it’s a different scenario for the Notes of Encouragement (which is personalised…and I aim to send each an every one of them myself). But for the Q&A and building the mailing list. There’s an option of guest posting, rather than spending my time on Twitter interacting with individual tweets that are amusing or engaging.

 

Put in another way by Charles Duhigg: “Productivity is not about doing things unthinkingly. Productivity is about pushing yourself to think more about the things that matter…We know that the people who are most productive tend to spend more time thinking about what their priorities ought to be. Instead of getting into their office and just automatically answering emails, and then working on their expenses, and then returning phone calls. Instead of going on auto-pilot….What the most productive people do is they sit down and they say: ‘Okay look, I know I did that yesterday, but is that the best use of my time today?’

 

 

 

Additional Readings:

 

 

Note: The Battle In Your Mind is available for purchase if you’re looking for viewing for your conference attendees.

 


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. 🙂

Comments: You’ll have to reach out to me 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 WordPress domain…I am unable to view new comments when they come in.

Advertisements

The Zone and Flow

I was reminded of one of the optimal ways I can get myself to that place where not only do I have the ideas flowing, I also have the motivation to carry me through the activity (however many of them).

 

Surprisingly, it’s using a REALLY old tablet (until I figure out how to root it so I can ‘up’ the system storage), which due to its age…I only am able to keep a limited amount of apps. One I use often is Opera Mini (somehow even less resource exhaustive than the native browser app) to collect posts that would remind me when it is time to create content (either for public consumption — or for clients).

 

Maybe it’s while having a meal (I’m okay eating near phones or tablets — but not a laptop of desktop…) or while cooking.

 

Does one activity come to mind that just gets you there?

 

Additional Readings:

 

 

 

 

 

 


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. 🙂

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 for you to click on (the one with the smiley face!) that would make a new window pop-up for you to send me a message…or multiple ones…) 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.

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. 🙂

 

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.

The 1% Improvement Strategy

Yep, change is difficult (and sometimes painful)! So why not deal with the difficulty (erm…pain) in a way that is less confronting (okay veer your eyes away from the immense clutter from your desk)?

This is a video that no matter how cheesy it came across (it was the green screen graphics for me), I didn’t mind sharing it because it was where I first discovered the one percent principle. The idea was to just do enough to progress 1%.

To the ‘past me’, it was mind-blowing. Something I could manage without getting too overwhelmed and end up retreating to something that would ease the ‘pain’ of going through the action (like…say…finding 20 people to send encouraging notes to…or watch a film that has been on my ‘to-watch’ list).

Come on! One percent right? Easy peasy!

Oh…looking for something to ‘remind’ me to progress? Yeah…yeah…you can send me a message and ask if I’ve finished my current laundry pile (I line-dry, so it’s sometimes so easy to put it off if there is a chance of rain!). 🙂

What’s awesome about getting to your goal (even if it’s going to be clearing your laundry pile like me), is it’ll find it’s way to other aspects of your life (even in your business). There’s a section in one of the episodes of ‘The Unmistakable Creative’ when the guest mentions this effect (if I don’t have the link up to the episode by the time you read this…you are more than welcome to give me a yell).

What is it for you?

 

 


 

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

 

Recommendations and Introductions: Just Go For It!

If you are sitting there staring at your screen unsure whether to press send, here is how I structured a guest recommendation (For Catherine Hoke from Defy Ventures) for the popular business podcast Entrepreneur On Fire:

  • Step 1: Asked Cat if she wouldn’t mind me sending a recommendation to one of the podcasts I listen to.

I wasn’t particular at this point, as I hadn’t asked John yet —- and the upside was: in case John declined, I could have been able to keep looking for another podcast to recommend Cat)

  • Step 2: After I got Cat’s okay, I sent John a short email
  • Step 3: Upon receiving a reply from John requesting for an email Intro — I wrote up a draft to send Cat to comment on what I wrote.
  • Step 4: Sent John the pitch after getting the okay from Cat

 

Sure John!

First off, I’ve never met Catherine, and our only contact has been through email (I sent her a note — which she appreciated, and that was our first contact). I did mention about putting her forward as a guest for EOF, and she said yes.

Her email is: [redacted for privacy] (I have cc-ed her in the email as well)
Some topics that would make her a memorable guest in EOF:

  • When introducing her to Fire Nation you can use the words: “What if you were known for the worst thing you’ve ever did?”
  • Sports background (she was on the wrestling team) – which links up well with what she does with Defy.
  • She used to be a VC, and how she left that life for her ‘Aha Moment’ (giving inmates a better chance once they have served their sentences — by offering to teach them a way to run businesses.).
  • How she ended up visiting her first prison (and how it changed her previous perception about those who are in the prison system)
  • Her ability to raise support for Defy financially (not sure if it was one of Catherine’s talks or an article about Defy — that it is all privately funded). And her general ability to get other organisations involved as well.
  • Her courage (How she was able to dust herself-off after taking a fall — The events between PEP and starting ‘Defy Ventures’)

Here’s a video I found on YouTube that has good quality (no need to turn up the volume that much), and features Catherine giving a talk about herself and her journey.
– Leigh

 

  • Step 5: Just get out of the way! 🙂

 

As with any recommendation, the hope is for things to turn out as best it can. And this was no different! I was at the edge of my seat while listening to the episode for the first time (tension level: equivalent to when I watch those heart stopping scenes from Homeland).

 

 

Thankfully all went well (Whew!). So well that John and Cat gave me the go ahead to share my involvement with their introduction. 🙂

 

 

 

Keen to hear about how you structure your recommendations and introductions!

 

 


 

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

 

My Q&A cheat-sheet…

…or at least one of them. 🙂

Seriously though, there couldn’t be any one checklist (or ‘a checklist’) that I could use to help me get each Q&A draft to a point that I’d be ready to submit a text version for approval. Because if I did that, I’d be risking not finding more of what makes that person unique.

I do have my guide questions. And in past Q&As there have been core questions that pop up frequently. As I have always been nuts for engaging talks and stories, I thought I’d outline a documentary and a biopic — both of which would be helpful whenever I wanted to add a new (or re-introduce a) question or two.

 

Reader Advice: If you haven’t seen Being Elmo or Temple Grandin, and the type that dislikes knowing key parts of a story before you see a film. Stop reading now! Then, click here to send me a message and I’ll be happy to remind you about this post, after you’ve seen both.
Yes, while writing this, I watched both films again. 😀

Being Elmo

 

 

  • Intro/Prologue
    • Height of Fame
    • (Opening Title)
    • Where he is now
    • How much he has touched others lives (The effect he has on others)
  • Beginnings (influences
    • Watched Disney and a lot of TV
    • Environment he was exposed to growing up
    • Why Sesame Street connected with him (Scene with Ernie in introducing Bert to the audience, and directly talking to the camera)
  • Application (Early days, initial )
    • The kind of support he got when he first attempted to make a puppet. (He made a mistake of using a coat to make a puppet before asking permission)
    • Where he first tested his ideas: backyard puppet shows (eventually morphed into bigger crowds)
    • His takaway: it was about finding a way to connect to each individual.
  • Setbacks
    • School Teasing
  • First Break
    • Spotted by a TV presenter
  • Finding a Mentor (to get to the next level)
    • What drove him to find a Mentor? He couldn’t get the stitching so it couldn’t be visible (like the Muppets).
  • Result of being Mentored
    • Things that he learned (the kind of stitching to get the effect that he wanted)
    • Places he was able to visit (The Workshop)
    • People he was able to meet (Jim Henson)
  • Interactions with Peers/Co-Workers
    • Interviews: Puppeteers he has worked with
    • giving suggestions to puppet makers and puppeteers (e.g. for the French version of Sesame Street)
  • Skills required to be a puppeteer
    • Making the puppet look alive (slightly opening the mouth — getting the puppet to look around)
    • Hand movements (as a puppeteer and how the puppet is seen)
  • Joining Jim’s circle
    • Getting invited to the parade (as Cookie Monster)
    • Meeting Jim for the first time (How Kermit Love helped him with the introduction and the first conversation — Reminder of the benefit of a Mentor: Reminder of what set him apart from others who might be considered as well)
  • From High School to Network TV
    • Making a decision to decline Jim Henson’s offer to be involved in a movie (because of prior commitments)
    • Example of what it was like to work with Jim Henson (Story of a difficult sequence in Labyrinth)
    • Timing of being free, just in time to get the offer to do Labyrinth
  • Sesame Street – Early Years
    • Highs – what he felt when he first walked in and coming across people he looked up to.
    • Lows – he did a commercial with Jim Henson and Frank Oz — needing a piece of paper with his line.
  • Elmo
    • Backstory of Elmo (Before Kevin took over)
    • Kevin taking time to figure out how to approach Elmo (and Eureka moment)
    • Co-workers being interviewed about the creation of Elmo (Elmo is not Kevin, but his parents)
  • Additional Life Events
    • Daughter born
    • Tickle Me Elmo Craze
    • Committing to do all Elmo appearances even when there was consideration given to bring in another puppeteer.
    • Jim Henson’s passing (he was able to spend some time with Jim two weeks before)
  • Being a Mentor
    • Reaching out to a possible mentee
    • Full Circle: showing a young puppeteer around the workshop
    • Sharing why he chooses to Mentor others
  • How he contributes to a larger body of work
    • How he embodies what Jim Henson started
    • He gets along well with other puppeteers

Here’s another review by Andy Crump.

 

 

 

Temple Grandin

  • Intro/Prologue
    • Summary of who Temple is (She thinks in pictures – not like other people)
    • Opening Credits (Pictures — and in the commentary Temple Grandin mentions that the drawings were used were hers – just animated. Plus) – nice comedic touch: cow winking at the camera
  • Vacation before College (Aunt’s ranch)
    • First time visiting – A number of scenes illustrate what she likely sees (fire for extremely hot temperatures, imagery that comes to mind when her Aunt uses a phrase to let her know the time they get up)
    • Introduction to her mannerisms (very outspoken and animated when something captures her attention – telling a story to her aunt while on the drive to the airport to the ranch, and reaction about meeting one of the ranchhands) and abilities (very detailed)
    • How she gets her ideas – from seeing how one object works (room vent) and applying it to another (entrance gate to the ranch).
    • Pre-College Struggle – to understand people.
    • Second Mentor – Aunt Ann helps her understand the world and herself more (taking pictures of different expressions to signify specific emotions)
    • The words that may have convinced her to pursue college.
  • College
    • Settling in the dorms accompanied by Mum – flashback on how far Temple has come (echoing what Uncle Mike conveyed), and how much her mum has persisted and believed in her (despite the doctor’s initial diagnosis when she was 4).
    • Aspects of the world that overwhelm her and result in stress.
    • Her idea on making her own hug machine, then method of convincing the decision makers to have her keep the device
  • High School (Flashback)
    • First Mentor and Friend (Dr. Carlock)
      • Being able to convince Temple’s mum (initially hesitant after the visit and interview) to consent to having Temple attend the school.
      • Encouragement while steering Temple with the right challenges and approach to learning (Once he finds out how Temple’s mind works).
      • Someone to turn to even after high school (Temple called Dr. Carlock for advice regarding her report about her hug machine)
      • Getting Temple to be open about going to college.
    • Affinity with horses
    • Lessons
      • Not all people think like her (in pictures)
      • First encounter with death (Chestnut)
  • College (Post-Hug Machine Approval)
    • Interacting with people more (needing to guide her blind roommate to watch The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and sitting at the front row in class)
    • Valedictorian Speech: the realisation that things are accomplished with the help of others.
  • Masters
    • Eureka Moment for thesis
    • Struggle with getting data to complete — and how Temple creatively found a way to get things done.
    • Being proactive (approaching a magazine editor, who ended up liking what she wrote)
  • Writer and Designer
    • Bumping into the right people at the right time
      • Unexpected Opportunity: Feedlot needing to be designed
      • Design an entire cattle processing system
    • Further personal growth
      • Learning to go through automatic doors
      • Getting closer to allowing people to hug her (her mum at Dr. Carlock’s Funeral)
  • Being able to get an opportunity at a conference to talk to others about what she went through, and allowing her mum to hear how much she had helped Temple become who she is now.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Since the talks I’ve chosen as reference are available online (Thanks to Chris #1 and Chris #2!), I might just add a couple of sentences what makes each of them awesome!

 

  • Donald Miller’s WDS Talk
    • I’m in the process of going through WDS talks (Chris has them on his Vimeo account), and this one blew me away. If you are hungry for complimentary talks after watching Dan, one I’d recommend is Simon Sinek’s ‘Why’
    • Looking for awesome books to read? Don mentions some that you might want to take note of at the start of his talk.
  • Q&A with Aimee Mullins
    • Before watching this video, be sure that you are in an environment where you could either smile or laugh out loud because you are in danger of doing either (or both!)  when you get to at this point of the chat: “Aimee, so what if your leg falls off? You pick it up, you put the damn thing back on, and finish…”