It’s Thing 8-Silence rocks people

I sat in an audience yesterday and listened to people talk from a stage.  They talked about stuff, and as they did, I thought about thing 8. Shut it. Audiences like that. We have a deep need to be understood, to make sure you get it, to explain, and then explain again but in a little different way and then check again by reexplaining in yet another way.  All the while stepping on our punch lines, plowing past our best words, kicking up dust.  Often, the best way to land an idea is to say it well once, then shut …

Know what you want to say, and then listen

There’s a balance.  When we go to writing a thing- to identify the narrative of something there are to two things that need to happen. Step One:  Know what YOU want to say.   Dig in. Commit.  Get really clear because if you’re not clear, your audience won’t be either.  Have the courage to make to tight too.  If it’s a paragraph, it’s too long.  There’s this great practice of the 8 word mission statement.  In your narrative (book, campaign, keynote, video) get it that tight.  And be not shy.  It takes some courage and trust to just put a stake …

Passion Projects…

…are part of your story. While you’re in the dips and valleys of work. When you’re being tossed around and punched in the gut by projects. When you’ve recently failed. Passion projects are to the rescue-they bring you home to who you are. Some of the best presentations are the ones I’ve seen where someone gave room to make a pitch for their passion project. To lead with a force and passion that is unembarrassed and willing to turn up the volume-even if incrementally. For me, there’s something just as magical about see someone else IN their passion project as …

Recorded the voice

With the help Sean Bolton I forced myself to start blogging.  Well, start stop then start and stop again.  The medium is not the most alluring for me.  But, talking? I can get down with that! I already talked about ArtWerk.  Or, I wrote about it…a little. Here’s my point: writing isn’t my thing right now.  Talking is.  Podcasting is rad. Last week we finally shipped.  ArtWerk the podcast is now live on ITunes, Stitcher and on our website Art-Werk.me.  Amelia Mulkey and I had a blast putting our ideas and energy into a shared microphone. It was magic, and it’s …

Today is a listening day

As storytellers and coaches of storytellers we’re alchemizing and talking and talking and telling (you know, because of the “teller” part of our roles”). Try listening. Stories we create get better the more we listen to our audiences. It’s thing 18. And it doesn’t require explanation. Just shut the hell up.