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In Facilitating Genius on June 22, 2016 at 8:29 pm
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Here’s a copy of my slides from Monday’s “Tell Me About Your Genius” workshop hosted by 40PlusDC.

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From Janus’ Point of View

In Coaching, Epiphanies, Facilitating Genius on January 3, 2016 at 10:07 pm

Janus_coinThe winter holidays are history. Most folks will be returning to their place of work. The gyms are likely to remain crowded for a few more weeks as folks who made fitness-related resolutions haven’t (yet) discarded them.

January is the ideal month to look back upon the past year as well as focus on the future.

  • What projects started in 2015 are worth continuing?
  • Which of the many new habits you’ve resolved to start will pay dividends by spring?
  • What behaviors need you modify or eliminate before February?
  • And if these challenges seem too hard to tackle alone, who might you call upon within the next few days to help you shape a better future?

And for those fans or followers of this blog who’d like to contact me, here’s an on-line form to streamline our (re-)connection.

Please do contact me if you're willing to work at making 2016 a better year than the last one.

Please do contact me if you’re willing to work at making 2016 a better year than the last one.

Find a way or make one.

In Facilitating Genius, leadership, Leave Your Comfort Zone on October 23, 2015 at 6:24 pm
Photo credit: JohnLesko.Biz LLC

Photo credit: JohnLesko.Biz LLC

A few weeks ago I had to chance to visit family in Pennsylvania and tour the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. This museum features a number of innovations and innovators with a connection to the Steel City. One exhibit focuses on the H.J. Heinz company. The photo above caught my eye. Immediately below “Think Outside the Bottle” is etched a quote by the founder of 57 Varieties.

I will either find a way or make one.

– H.J. Heinz

Coincidentally, many will go to the cinemaplex this week to see the latest movie about Steve Jobs.  Now there have been several movies about the most famous CEO of Apple: Jobs, Pirates of Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippie, Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, and Steve Jobs: One Last Thing. Reviews are mixed with a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer pegged at 85% and an Audience Score of 81% liking it. And then there’s Walt Mossberg’s review.

Which brings me to my point. Yes, today is the perfect day for reflection, for taking stock, and then for getting off the dime and doing something important.

  • What is it that separates genius achievement from the day-to-day work of the common man?
  • Why do we call a masterpiece a work of art? What will be your masterpiece?
  • What will be your life’s work?
  • Are you moving one step closer toward your goal? Or have you become distracted by the oh-so-many mindless distractions found on-line?
  • Note to self: Resolve to never, ever again watch another YouTube video about kittens, puppies, or pandas.
  • Will you be someone who strives to make a dent in the universe? Or will you spend the rest of your life selling sugar water?

The unexamined life is not worth living.

– Socrates

And for the critics who might say, “Nice post here on Linked In, John, but where are the tools and materials I’ll need to get started on my masterpiece?” Consider these helpful links and related resources:

Kudos to Michael Bungay Stanier

Check out thegoodproject.org for ideas and tools designed to help organizations foster collaboration.

And if I might be so bold as to recommend my latest book: Facilitating Genius: Illuminating Brilliance in Your Organization.

Excellence and Equity in Education

In Active Learning, Facilitating Genius, leadership on August 14, 2015 at 5:21 pm

On August 13, 2015, I had the pleasure of presenting a workshop at the Prince William County School district’s Excellence and Equity in Education conference. This year’s theme was “providing a world-class education: reflecting, refining, and refocusing.” Patriot High School served as the venue for this professional development event.

Follow this link to download my slides –> Facilitating Genius at the Triple E Conference

Follow this link for a copy of the participants’ handout –> Facilitaing Genius Handout EEE Conference

And here are a few photos taken during this day-long event.

The Triple E Program from the 2nd largest school system in Virginia

The Triple E Program from the 2nd largest school system in Virginia

It was a thrill to lead this workshop for three "sold out" breakout sessions: A21, B28, and C1. Wow!

It was a thrill to lead this workshop for three “sold out” breakout sessions: A21, B28, and C1. Wow!

And it was perhaps ironic or symbolic that these sessions were located in Room 2015 of Albert Einstein Hall.

And it was perhaps ironic or symbolic that these sessions were located in Room 2015 of Albert Einstein Hall.

Of course the conference started with a nutritious light breakfast prepared by the cafeteria staff. After the fresh fruit, I liked the cinnamon scones.

Of course the conference started with a nutritious light breakfast prepared by the cafeteria staff. After the fresh fruit, I liked the cinnamon scones.

A round of Jeeepardy served as an excellent icebreaker and energizer.

A round of Jeeepardy served as an excellent icebreaker and energizer.

Dr. Adolph Brown entered the auditorium dressed as ... Well, he had dreadlocks, a backpack, and fatigue pants and looked like he didn't quite belong. Well done, sir. Well done!

Dr. Adolph Brown entered the auditorium dressed as … Well, he had dreadlocks, a backpack, and fatigue pants and looked like he didn’t quite belong. Well done, sir. Well done!

And by the end of his keynote, he had everyone ready to commence toward a new year and brighter future.

And by the end of his keynote, he had everyone ready to commence toward a new year and brighter future.

Most of the classrooms at Patriot HS are equipped with user-friendly audio-visual systems.

Most of the classrooms at Patriot HS are equipped with user-friendly audio-visual systems.

Here are the results of a large group exercise based on the Ben Franklin Method of decision-making.

Here are the results of a large group exercise based on the Ben Franklin Method of decision-making.

This image shows the results of the multiple intelligence self-assessment by participants from sessions A, B, and C. Naturally, in a group of teachers we see a large number of 'people smart' people.

This image shows the results of the multiple intelligence self-assessment by participants from sessions A, B, and C. Naturally, in a group of teachers we see a large number of ‘people smart’ people.

Presenter gift bags -- filled initially with a bottle of water and snacks -- made for a handy way to collect business cards. Kudos to the multiple intelligence community at the  Montclair Elementary School.

Presenter gift bags — filled initially with a bottle of water and snacks — made for a handy way to collect business cards. Kudos to the multiple intelligence community at the Montclair Elementary School.

 

How BIG is the audience? How do you prepare to address a full house?

In Active Learning, Facilitating Genius, Toastmasters on August 7, 2015 at 3:02 pm
Cool beans!

Cool beans!

Wow! First the news about my book becoming an eBookIt-Best Seller in June and just yesterday I learned that my workshops at the Prince William County School District‘s Excellence and Equity in Education conference are ‘sold out.’ Note: I’ve placed ‘sold out’ in quotes because this is a pro-bono event for educators — teachers, specialists, and administrators — in the 2nd largest school district in Virginia. The (E)3 conference is next Thursday, 8-13-15.

On a related note, this will most likely be my largest audience, to date. It’s time to get those public speaking butterflies to fly in formation, yes?

Now what?

  • When preparing for a presentation or workshop, how much research do you do on your audience?
  • To whom do you speak before the event to make sure your message will be on point and well received?
  • If asked to present a workshop more than once at a conference, how do you keep each session fresh?

I sure am glad that I’m a member of Toastmasters International. Now where did I put my manuals on speaking to inform, presenting a technical topic to a non-technical audience, and the entertaining speaker?

Yes, I’d love to hear from you. How do you prepare when asked to present to a full house? What tips and techniques do you rely on as you ready yourself for a public speaking engagement?

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The Back Story … When I first wrote Facilitating Genius, I thought that it might have the potential to serve as a reference for educators. The theory of multiple intelligences has been used by educators for decades. My book has between its covers two dozen (plus) stories of genius achievement, 17 worksheets, and literally hundreds if not thousands of questions for teachers to use in their classrooms while inspiring and instructing their students. Fingers are crossed. I hope to share teacher reactions after the EEE conference in a future blog post. – JL

Tell Me About Your Genius: 40PlusDC ‘Monday Morning Speaker’ Slide Deck, June 8

In Facilitating Genius, leadership on June 6, 2015 at 12:48 am

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… On June 8, I intend to give away at least one FREE copy of my book. Those who wish to purchase a copy can do so for a special workshop price of ten dollars. Those who cannot attend or who are ‘sitting on the fence,’ here’s a link to the official press release as well as ‘bread crumbs’ to my publisher, eBookIt.com and their on-line bookstore.

Hope to see you next week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Editor’s Note: This is an update to my post entitled: “Sneak Peak at my 40Plus DC ‘Monday Morning Speaker’ Slide Deck.”

Nearly every seat was filled yesterday, June 8, at this 40PlusDC event. The videographer captured my presentation. Handouts were pre-printed and ready for all who needed them. Most folks showed up early or on time. Those who arrived late were quickly ushered to the few available chairs in the back row of the meeting space.

Rand served as the emcee and welcomed first timers to stay a few minutes longer and receive an orientation to the 40Plus training program.

Rand served as the emcee and welcomed first timers to stay a few minutes longer and receive an orientation to the 40Plus training program.

And there was a 'bell ringer' at 40PlusDC ... Whenever someone finds a job after completing the training program, they ring a ship's bell and share the news with all in the room.

And there was a ‘bell ringer’ at 40PlusDC … Whenever someone finds a job after completing the training program, they ring a ship’s bell and share the news with all in the room.

This poster was used during my workshop to illustrate how Number Smart and Nature Smart geniuses view the world and/or solve vexing problems.

This poster was used during my workshop to illustrate how Number Smart and Nature Smart geniuses view the world and/or solve vexing problems.

 

It’s Like Riding a Bike: Highlights from the MAFN DC Workshop, May 29

In Active Learning, Coaching, Confidence Course Facilitator, Facilitating Genius, facilitation skills, High Ropes Course, leadership, Leave Your Comfort Zone, Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network, teamwork on June 2, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Here are select images from last week’s MAFN DC Workshop. Most of these images are from my slide deck. A few were taken with my iPhone camera, e.g., participants passing the hula hoop and the props carried in a MAFN backpack. For those who attended this event, please consider taking your clients outside and perhaps to a challenge course such as “The EDGE.” For those who missed out on this workshop, drop me a line and I’ll fill you in on what you missed. JL

 

 

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All the props fit into a small backpack.

All the props fit into a small backpack.

Here’s to the Crazy Ones

In Aha!, Cartooning, Communication, Cool Ideas, Facilitating Genius, Leave Your Comfort Zone, Toastmasters on May 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm
Here's to the crazy ones. Some of whom are meeting together at the District 29 Spring Conference on May 16.

Here’s to the crazy ones. Some of whom are meeting together at the District 29 Spring Conference on May 16.

If at first you don't succeed, then try, try again.

If at first you don’t succeed, then try, try again.

"I hope that we never lose sight of one thing. That it all was started by a mouse." - Walt Disney

“I hope that we never lose sight of one thing. That it all was started by a mouse.” – Walt Disney

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.

 

 

If you missed the live show, then listen to this podcast.

In Active Learning, Active Listening, Facilitating Genius on May 7, 2015 at 8:04 pm

Success Profiles Radio

cartoon self portrait and title of my newest book

cartoon self portrait and title of my newest book

If you missed the live show, here’s the podcast.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/john-lesko-discusses-identifying/id495954973?i=341412762&mt=2

Thanks again, Brian, for the opportunity.

 

When Pigs Fly … It could happen.

In Active Learning, Active Listening, Communication, Facilitating Genius, Leave Your Comfort Zone on May 4, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Hmmmm … Was it years ago or simply just a few weeks ago?

That’s when I heard my “dear friend” say, “Yeah, yeah … You’ll become a published author and be interviewed on the radio — When pigs fly!”

You? You're going to be on the radio? ... Yeah, yeah ... When pigs fly!

You? You’re going to be on the radio? … Yeah, yeah … When pigs fly!

 

(from Brian K. Wright) … Today’s guest on Success Profiles Radio is John Lesko, author of the book “Facilitating Genius: Illuminating Brilliance In Your Organization”.

We will discussing identifying how to discover your unique genius and for those in your organization. This allows everyone to play at their highest level as often as possible.

You can listen live at 6pm Eastern at www.successprofilesradio.com

You can also call in to participate at 866-404-6519

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And at the risk of folks saying that perhaps this is too much self-promotion … This is a follow-on interview which I trace back to an earlier media event: http://toastmasterspodcast.com/…/116-toastmasters…

The official podcast for Toastmasters International,…
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