There are blogs &
there are BLOGS...
...so I guess you know what I want this one to be. I don’t know how regular my pronouncements will be but I promise that they will touch on my pet subjects:
1) the need for authentic, verifiable Results in the presentation/
2) the importance of Structure and Organization;
3) the necessity for the Message and Messenger to be on the
same wave length;
4) speaking the real Language of the Audience;
5) the power of the Present Moment;
6) what the Meeting Planners are really looking for; and
7) anything else that I think is ultra important in the moment.
Don’t wanna be a bloggart, but this is pretty good stuff.
Don’t want a bunch of over-hyped dialogue
Don’t wanna a self-absorbed monologue
Wanna blog to unclog...to defog
To pull us out of the slippery slog
To help us play cosmic leapfrog
Tired of being the underdog, wanna be the overdog
Can I get this with your flippin' blog?
Perhaps pointless, but otherwise an original blog verse
• Blog #1
In my workshops and seminars these days I like to ask the participants three questions: 1) How many self-help books have you read? Almost always, the answer is at least 10 and in many cases 25 or more. 2) How many workshops and seminars have you attended? Again, the answer is usually 10 - 25. 3) How many "motivational, inspirational, get-it-together" speeches have you heard? Same answer.
Then I ask, how many of these books, workshops, and speeches had ‘systems’? In almost all cases, there was a system — whatever it was called — to go along with the material. And most of these systems, you can guarantee it, came out of Consciousness-101. Attitude, belief, commitment, dedication, energy, focus, gratitude... know where you are, know where you want to go, create goals, visualize, affirm, you can do it, you can do it, you can do it...
Now for the cryptic question: How many of these formulas have you started and actually followed?
In almost all instances, the answer is one or two or none.
I'm in no way condemning systems. As a matter of fact, I make sure that all of my motivational/inspirational speakers have a methodology that is the heart of their matter. A speaker needs to connect us to his/her back story, articulating the problems/challenges/dilemmas that they are here to help us solve. After all, (most) speakers are problem solvers. So when a problem has been clearly expressed — and audience members are cleverly led to see their individual versions of the problem(s), the solution needs to be clear and congruent. Almost always, this means that the solution is presented as a system.
So, I'm not against systems, but I'm all for results...Results...RESULTS ... RESULTS! And, sad to say, even with well-presented schematics, Bona Fide Results are scant. Meaning, too often, audience members treat speeches, seminars and workshops the same way they approach movies. We don't go to movies to have our lives changed — although rarely, it does happen. Almost always, we sit through two hours at the cinema and when the experience is finished, we turn to our companion and say “I liked it”, "I didn't like it", "what do you think?", “let’s eat.” And the experience is over.
This is the cinema-contract. Diversion, entertainment, two hours off of our regular life routine. Ah, what is so different between the cinema-contract and the mandate for live presentation? I say there is a world of difference. The Speakers’ Mandate is one of inspiration, transformation, growth, evolution.
But we all know that this mandate is seldom fulfilled.
So that’s it for now, throw a blog on the fire!