I come into contact with some pretty awesome people in my work.
People who have lived experiences, inspiring stories and wisdom to share.
People with incredible insight into their industry and what’s to come.
People who have done extensive work in a particular area and have knowledge to impart.
When it comes to deciding on what to focus on in a signature, keynote or TED talk that can really showcase who they are and how they serve others, they often hit a stumbling block.
I know it all too well.
We can help and support people all day long, execute on our expertise and get amazing results for our clients and customers, but when it comes to creatively thinking about how to package that up and deliver it in a talk? It all becomes a bit tricky.
To help kick start the sparks in your mind I have 3 simple things you can do!
In this super short video I share those three things. Have a watch and start thinking about what this looks like for you
Once you’ve watched the video take a few moments to reflect on the following:
- What are you passionate about and really lights up your eyes when you speak about it?
- What are you an absolute expert on? What lived experiences do you have or extensive work knowledge can you share with your unique insights?
- What are the golden nuggets? What do you want people to walk away knowing, feeling or doing differently as a result of what you have to share?
Are you in ‘hare brain’?
Another blocker on creative thinking when it comes to writing the content for talks is being stuck in ‘hare brain’ mode and needing to tap into ‘tortoise mind.’
Hare brain is our everyday rushing brain. It helps us get things done but it doesn’t allow much room for slowness. Tortoise mind allows us to think conceptually and creatively. We can solve problems in this state, look at things from a different perspective.
Some things that can help create the environment for tortoise mind:
- Having boundaries on your screen time
- Doing things that ground you in nature and away from distractions (walking your dog, hiking)
- Activities that enable your automatic processing system (like driving)
- Sleep (the moment between sleeping and waking is great for tortoise mind)
- Water (showers, baths, paddle boarding etc)
Which tortoise mind environment works best for your creative thinking?
If this sparks any ideas please do contact me and let me know, I’d love to hear and help you brainstorm a little further.