“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”
– Henry David Thoreau
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What do Albert Einstein and Walt Disney have in common besides being two creative geniuses once featured by Apple in their “think different” campaign?
Consider their impact on the world and how they worked to re-create our view of it.
And if you’re in the Washington DC area on May 16th and would like to experience for yourself a potentially mind-altering event, then perhaps you might drop in to attend the Toastmasters International, District 29 Spring Conference. Conference details can be found here. <— Yes, please do click on the “here.”
And for a sneak peek at my slide deck which will be revealed on Saturday during the educational sessions, here your go!
Discover Your Genius at the D29 Spring Conference 2015. <– John Lesko’s slide deck.
Yes, I’m still enjoying the afterglow from the “birth of my book.” Yes, I still feel like a proud papa. Unfortunately, I’ve run out of cigars as too many of my old Army buddies put in early claims for the stogies available.
So what’s new? Why post another story so closely spaced after my last?
Simply put …
Yesterday I was lucky to present a workshop to members of Toastmasters International. Specifically, I was an educational speaker at the District 27 Spring Conference held at the Crystal City Marriott, Arlington, Virginia. This was a “safe” audience in that I’ve been a Toastmaster for nearly two decades. Many of the stories from my book, Facilitating Genius, have been shared with club-level audiences. And for the most part, Toastmasters want a speaker to succeed and to grow. For those not familiar with Toastmasters International, please do check out their website here.
Those in the publishing business suggest that authors talk up their book. They suggest that you promote to as many audiences that will accept you as a speaker. So yesterday, I took this advice and addressed a roomful of people with whom I was comfortable. And do you know what?!?!
I learned a lot from this audience. No one fell asleep. There were a few folks who stayed after my workshop was done to ask more questions. And — lo and behold — there also were folks who wanted to buy a copy of my book.
And at the risk of being chastised for too much self promotion … Since my post of April 26, more on-line book stores have picked up this title.
Available at …
– eBookIt! … eBookIt.com
– Amazon … Amazon.com
– Barnes & Noble … BN.com
– Apple iTunes … itunes.apple.com/us/ genre/books
– Google Play … play.google.com/ store/books
– Kobo … KoboBooks.com
– Baker & Taylor’s … blio.com
– Ingram … eBookMall.
A few days ago I had the pleasure to present an educational workshop to members of Toastmasters International, District 36. This was a milestone event for me in my personal and professional development as a Toastmaster. You see, up until now I had presented material which for the most part had come from the curriculum developers who work at the California headquarters (a.k.a., “TI WHQ” or Toastmasters International World Headquarters).
With this event I had submitted several proposals to the fall conference program committee. (Three proposals if the whole story be told.) The conference committee in District 36 then selected the topic which best fit into their program. (And the proposal they selected — “Good grief!” — was the one I thought needed the most time for preparation and research.) Now I was on the hook. Would I be the hero or the goat?
The title of the workshop was KNOW THYSELF. Yes, this title isn’t very original nor very creative. And I compounded this “error” with a long subtitle: Three Simple Exercises You Can Do When It’s Time to Reflect on Your Personal Effectiveness. Additionally for this workshop I provided a Know Thyself – Handout for the attendees on which they could jot a note or doodle.
I also created and displayed a graphic agenda based on the comic strip characters from the Peanuts gang. During my talk I acknowledged the genius of Charles Schulz as well as reminded the audience of how this session fit the fair use clause of U.S. copyright law.
Without repeating here the WHATs and the HOW TOs of the entire workshop, my intention and plans were to simply lead the audience through three interactive exercises. And as each of these exercises evolved, I’d coach the audience along a path that suggested that we can learn from the interactions between ourselves and others much as Charlie Brown learns of himself and of how his behavior affects the other characters in the Peanuts gang.
Themes for this 75-minute workshop included: envisioning success, defining ME-thinking and WE-thinking, thinking like a champion, and the importance of hiring or becoming a coach.
So how did this educational session go? And what did I learn from working with this audience? Yes, I’m going to have to work on creating more impelling titles and shorter sub-titles. Yes, I ran the risk of losing the attention of a few in the audience who don’t read the Sunday Comics. Yes, I probably tried to pack too much information into the time available.
That said, the results of the post-session evaluations suggest that I did well enough to use this material again. The vast majority of the feedback stated I did “Very Good” to “Excellent.” And there were a number of participants who came up to me afterwards to ask a question or share a personal thank you.
As a speaker, it is the people who come up to talk to you afterwards that I most remember. Some asked for me to explain a point in greater detail. A few asked me if I would share the complete citations from the books I held up during my talk. And several folks asked me if they might explore the option of working with me in the future. (Yay, team!)
So in the spirit of sharing my “cheat sheet,” here’s a link to my one-page “SpeakersNotes” that lists the main talking points. And here too (below the bibliography) are a few photos taken to capture the moment and/or illustrate these key talking points. And as for the four individuals who suggested on their evaluation sheets that I next time provide a bibliography with the one-page handout … Well, I hope you visit this blog.
Brene Brown. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Gotham Books (Penguin Books), New York, New York, 2012
Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard. Management of Organizational Behavior: Utilizing Human Resources (4th Edition). Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1982.
George Leonary. Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment. Dutton (Penguin Books), New York, New York, 1991.
Ralph C. Smedley. Personally Speaking. Toastmasters International, Santa Ana, California, 1966.
Arrrrgh! Why this fascination with being a Pirate? Simply put, September 19th marks a fun-filled (and unofficial) holiday. To learn more about how to talk like a pirate visit http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html
fight-flee-flow <– Click here for a PDF-version of this Jack Sparrow-inspired poster.
Now I’m not saying where I placed in GMU’s Cohort #7. But I’m reminded of a couple of jokes:
Joke/Question #1: “What do you call the last man or woman who graduates from medical school?”
Joke/Question #2: (The patient can be seen scratching his head as he reads the doctor’s many certificates hanging on the wall.) “So tell me doctor, why do they call this a practice?”
“Tell Me about Yourself,” is often one of the most common things recruiters or hiring managers say in an interview, pre-screening interview, or during networking or job fair events. You may also be asked this question during a public speaking event or by the media. I call it the “TMAY” response … It’s an Icebreaker … (And) as you brand yourself and develop a common-themed message for your written documents (resume, bio, LinkedIn profile, etc.), and other networking requirements, you need to develop a strong, compelling response to the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ request.
There are many strategies to overcome the fear or anxiety brought on by these dreaded four words . You can practice your TMAY response in the mirror each morning. You can rehearse your elevator speech time and time again (preferably in an empty elevator before you share one with a potential employer or client). You can participate in mock interviews. You can practice with a friend. You might even visit a group like 40Plus DC or drop into a Toastmasters club.
Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in an event where nearly all of these opportunities came together. A friend of mine, Jim Chamberlin sent me an e-mail asking if I’d like to participate in a Toastmasters’ demonstration meeting for a 40Plus DC event. Of course, I said, “Sure, how can I help?” And that’s when Jim suggested that I give an icebreaker speech to whomever showed up at at 1718 P St, NW, Washington, DC.
Here are a few images from this recent event. My props: 4 small posters measuring 16″ x 20″ …
Other members of the CAST include …
Here are the handouts I promised …
One page summary of my “doodles” … The 3rd Way
One page list of “thorny situations” … Thorny_Problems
Copy of the slide deck I never used but said that I’d share from the 2-hour workshop on CONFLICT RESOLUTION give to the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network a few years ago that contains more detail as well as a helpful bibliography … Conflict Resolution-MAFN OnLine-Feb10
For those who still need to attend training, more information can be found at …
Easter Monday bears
a basket of chocolate.
Diets are postponed.
Several folks asked me at the Division F Evaluation and International Speech Contests if I’d share my slides.
I am flattered by such a request.
Here they are.