Here’s a copy of my slides from Monday’s “Tell Me About Your Genius” workshop hosted by 40PlusDC.
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The 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.
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.“
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:
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.
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.
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?
- 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
… There are only two other slides in my slide deck. Here’s the complete file as a PDF-document. TMAYG-40PlusDC-June 8 2015
… 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!
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.
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
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, here’s the podcast.
Thanks again, Brian, for the opportunity.
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!”
(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