By DLCC Coach Nancy Turngren
For those of you who are not fans of resolutions or even intentions, I offer you a powerful third choice: reflection. What? Yes, I’m asking you to look backward, before looking forward to the New Year. [Read more…]
I LOVE lists. I especially love to-do lists. I make them all the time, and have always told myself that they help get things out of my head and give me focus. But I am now realizing that all of these to-do lists might just be making things worse! I look at them all and feel like I need to constantly be doing something. How could I not? The lists are endless! This does not really help me maintain white space OR my sanity, both of which are very important to me. So, in 2018 I plan to stop making so many to-do lists.
But what else is on my stop-doing list? (Notice I didn’t say I was giving up lists altogether – that’s just crazy talk.) [Read more…]
In December I attended a three day workshop on becoming a better keynote speaker. I learned so many things, but one of my biggest takeaways is that all good keynotes must have a fall line. In skiing, a fall line is the most direct route downhill. Skiers try to follow this line, detouring just a bit to each side rather than going way off trail – especially if they are trying to go fast!
In keynoting, the fall line is essentially the central promise of your speech. In other words, if people pay attention, what will they gain from listening to you? The catch is that nothing should deviate too far from this line, you don’t want to weave around through the trees – just get to the point. Even if you have a funny story that kills every time, if it doesn’t support your fall line it shouldn’t be in your speech.
This got me thinking – maybe my LIFE needs a fall line. What is the central promise I am making to myself this year? How do I intentionally live into that promise and not veer too far off?