Sunday, February 11, 2018

Conflict of the Ages

Since October I have been using sketch notes as a study aid while reading Patriarchs and Prophets by Ellen G. White. Chapters 1-40 are available at a dedicated blog, Conflict of the Ages.

I decided recently to combine blog efforts, and I will be placing the remaining sketch notes on this Personal Change blog.


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.

1
What are you passionate about?

2
Whose world have you tenaciously determined to improve?

3
Whose disrespect will you decide to ignore?

4
Whose attention/approval matters the most to you, and what are you willing to do to keep it?

5
Who has chosen to reject your influence?

6
Who has made (willingly) the most impactful investment in your immediate success, and what has been your reaction?

7
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.

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

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

Nuggets
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.

1
Rejected tests of doctrinal purity.

2
Faced political reality as it was, not as it could become.

3
Refused to force reality into a formula. Recognized each problem as unique.

4
Willingness to change or adapt with events.

5
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.

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

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

COMEDY
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

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

QUEST
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