Thursday, February 8, 2018

Seven Personal Questions

Questions have been used for thousands of years to illicit thought. These seven personal questions to change your life are from a weekly e-mail I receive from Mike Murdock, who publishes the Wisdom Keys.

What are you passionate about?

Whose world have you tenaciously determined to improve?

Whose disrespect will you decide to ignore?

Whose attention/approval matters the most to you, and what are you willing to do to keep it?

Who has chosen to reject your influence?

Who has made (willingly) the most impactful investment in your immediate success, and what has been your reaction?

What single goal is worth one hour a day for the rest of your life?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Presentations Made Easy

These are my notes from a webinar on creating presentations that are memorable. This was sponsored by the Training Magazine Network. I attended in May, 2017.

Avoid TEGO
It is essential to avoid the common situation where “Their Eyes Glazed Over,” abbreviated as TEGO. This occurs too frequently. It is even more of a challenge when presenting virtually because you cannot see your audience.

Why do we fail to remember?
  • Not aware
  • Not focusing/concentrating
  • Not memorable
  • No filing/retrieval system

Principles of visual memory
  • Visual
  • Rare
  • Linked to something
  • Movement
  • Emotional

4 steps to add memory techniques to learning
  1. Add one or more principles to make a more memorable presentation.
  2. Use link method to retrieve items.
  3. Add unusual elements.
  4. Turn information into a list, and then link with unusual characteristics or a story.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Personal PR

One of the blogs I listen to regularly is “On the Page” with Pilar Alessandra. It is designed for screenwriters, but much of the content focuses on story.

In May 2017, Carole Kirschner was the featured guest. She spoke about creating your own personal public relations branding or messaging. 

Be ready at all times with the following.

Create a one-minute logline about who you are, what you do, and how you stand out (differentiate yourself) from others.

Write a three-minute chronological narrative with successes and colorful experiences from your life.

Make a list of several personal anecdotes which you can incorporate as appropriate into any situation.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Lincoln’s Fundamental Principles

Lincoln Reconsidered was written by David Herbert Donald. It is a book of essays on Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s perspective of politics was unique, and though he often appeared naive, he was an adroit political thinker. These are his fundamental principles.

Rejected tests of doctrinal purity.

Faced political reality as it was, not as it could become.

Refused to force reality into a formula. Recognized each problem as unique.

Willingness to change or adapt with events.

Did not make irredeemable promises against the future.

“I think it is enough if the man does no wrong hereafter.”—Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Seven Basic Plots

Seven Basic Plots - Why We Tell Stories is a book written by Chrisopher Booker. Entrepreneur magazine summarized the book from the perspective of adapting these basic plots to the business presentation. I read a blog post about this topic in Dec., 2017.

Learns about monster
Trains for battle
Monster revealed
Losing the battle
Tries different approach
Defeats monster

Unadventurous life
Transported to other world
Explores new surroundings
Feel uncomfortable
Confronted with darkness
Escapes/Defeats evil
Returns home wiser

Hero/Heroine destined for each other
Outside forces keep them apart
Confusion, uncertainly, frustration
Everyone entangled in unresolvable conflict
Truth uncovered
Hero & heroine get together

Terrible early life
Receives call to leave
Minor struggles, small successes
Hits rock bottom
Defeats the crisis
Wins and gets reward

Team receives mission
Small obstacles presented and overcome
Final dangerous test revealed
Final test accomplished
Team wins prize and travels home

REBIRTH (Redemption of a villain)
Falls under shadow of dark power
Things go well
Imprisoned by darkness
Dark power seemingly has triumphed
Redemption figure resolves situation
Hero is reborn as a better person

Monday, January 22, 2018

RGB Colors for the Rainbow

The rainbow has millions of colors which cover the visual spectrum. However, most people see a smaller number of colors. I learned seven colors in school, and they are easily remembered using the acronym ROY G BIV. There are probably other ways to remember the colors, but this works for me.

Below are the colors of the rainbow with the RGB - red/green/blue - color values. Some of these are included on the RGB color wheel, but indigo and violet are included here.

The colors are:

  • Red - 200, 0, 0
  • Orange - 255, 127, 0
  • Yellow - 255, 255, 0
  • Green - 0, 255, 0
  • Blue - 0, 0, 255
  • Indigo - 75, 0, 130
  • Violet - 148, 0, 211

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Biblical Principles of Conservation

A tenant of the Christian faith is that Jesus will return to earth to usher in the next age, where the earth in its current state will be destroyed an re-created as a new earth. A well-known text in both Christian theology and popular culture is Revelation 21:1, “I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.”

Some Christians believe that because of the end of the world is near, there is no need for conservation. It is permissible, in their minds, to rob the earth of natural resources without any thought to the preservation the environment for future generations.

However, this paradigm is not supported by the Bible. I believe the Bible lays out a clear case for why we need to conserve resources, even if the world ends soon. Below are four principles which advocate for an environmentally friendly, conservation approach to taking care of our home, the earth.

Principle 1: The Earth is the Lord’s

Numerous texts state the true ownership of the earth: it belongs to God.

  • Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord's, with its fullness; the world, and those who dwell therein.
  • Colossians 1:16-17 For by him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things are held together.
  • Leviticus 25:23 The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine; for you are strangers and live as foreigners with me.

Principle 2: We are God’s Stewards/Caretakers

Logical follows that if the earth and everything in it belongs to God, our position is to care for what has been entrusted to us.
  • Genesis 2:15 The Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it.
  • Genesis 1:26 God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
  • Jeremiah 2:7 I brought you into a plentiful land, to eat its fruit and its goodness; but when you entered, you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination.

Principle 3: Learn From Nature

Several verses specifically call on us to learn from nature. How can we learn from the natural world if it is destroyed?
  • Job 12:7-10 But ask the animals, now, and they shall teach you; the birds of the sky, and they shall tell you. Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you. The fish of the sea shall declare to you. Who doesn't know that in all these, the Lord's hand has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?
  • 1 Chronicles 16:33 Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
  • Matthew 6:26, 28 See the birds of the sky, that they don't sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you of much more value than they? Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don't toil, neither do they spin.

Principle 4: Use Only What You Need

Perhaps a more controversial principle, do not use resources to excess. In the mid nineteenth century, the buffalo was almost hunted to extinction in the United States. Thousand of pelts were shipped to the eastern, more industrialized part of the United States for use as belts in machinery, clothes, and decoration.
  • Numbers 35:33-34 So you shall not pollute the land in which you are; for blood pollutes the land. No atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, but by the blood of him who shed it. You shall not defile the land which you inhabit, in the middle of which I dwell; for I, the Lord, dwell in the middle of the children of Israel.
  • Ezekiel 34:18 Does it seem a small thing to you to have fed on the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture? and to have drunk of the clear waters, but you must foul the residue with your feet?
  • Deuteronomy 20:19 When you shall besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against them; for you may eat of them. You shall not cut them down; for is the tree of the field man, that it should be besieged by you?