Well, I've just signed up with a Speakers' Bureau to do some speaking on the following keynotes:
If you want to find out more, the link to my profile page on Speakerbook is here:
Otherwise, feel free to contact me directly to see if I can help you.
Have a great Wednesday!
They printed me up in the "2013-2014 Parramatta Revealed" booklet!
Also, I did some improvised puppetry for the Parramatta Lanes event the last couple of weeks, and apparently I appeared in the local paper with the puppet I was operating ("Cerny the GAKI" puppet, which brings awareness to the dwindling numbers of Tasmanian Devils due to mouth cancer). Hopefully, I can find a copy of the article!
I was thinking the other day that in modern society, where things are all customisable and instantaneous, people's expectations and patience are greatly reduced. We expect the payoff to be what we want, and now. And when we don't get it? We get annoyed, angry or just give up on it.
It's like a pun or obtuse offer in improv. If you're doing a scene and you don't think that it isn't paying off, you might panic and rush the payoff. You might abruptly announce something or add a pun. Sure, you'll get that immediate payoff, but it's smaller and it diminishes the long term reward.
Don't forget delayed gratification. Stay focused. Stay 'hungry'; it'll taste better in the end.
When you pitch or mingle with a Client do you make it cordial or do you make it personal? Do you sell the business or do you sell yourself? Do you convince the business or do you convince the decision maker?
In my life as a Project Manager, I had the Client sit in to interview successful tenderers for a multimillion dollar, iconic construction project. The tenders that were in the final three were about three per cent difference between each. The tenders themselves were pretty much similar in style with capability statements, Gantt charts, resource management plans, etc outlining the whole project. So essentially what would differentiate them would be the interview. They were asked to bring their Site Foreman, Project Director and Project Manager to the interview to answer questions.
The most promising on paper was a large construction company with impeccable staff, turnover and a slew of prestigious projects under their belt. And they were the most economical as well. So it essentially was a slam dunk for them.
But they lost it all to one mistake.
(In this post, I'll give my opinion on chaos and improv and also how it affects introverts and extroverts).
There are a number of purists out there that say that improvisation is about 'no rules'; that a scene, character or game should be played in an organic sense based on whatever happens right there and then. No planning should be involved.
"After all, rules hinder creativity, man..! You've gotta just go with the flow, you know?"
Fair point, but I think that's too extreme a thought. Fanatical, even. And this is why.