Not a week after the Boston Marathon Bombing, the horrific events are still very much with all of us. We awake to how tender life is and what it is that really matters.Unconsciously and consciously, we examine our days and the commitments we have.
On this note, I wanted to share with you a video which I filmed before the bombing; given the reference in it to 9/11, it seemed appropriate to post now.
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Tomorrow, I head to Boston to speak at the Simmons Leadership Conference...a festive sold-out event of 3,300 movers and shakers. Am so excited. So here on Sunday night, I wanted to post this video interview with Nancy Duarte.
It's from a while back but I love it.... because I love Nancy, we always have a fun time (and a lot of laughs), and we covered a range of topics on Communication and Presentation Skills. Some of this I'll touch on in the Executive Session I'll deliver Monday night 4/1 and some in the Keynote/Breakout events on Tuesday 4/2...
This, and much much more.
Looking forward -- V
This week brought me from time studying petroglyphs in the Utah desert to speaking to 2,500 Native Americans assembled in Vegas to speaking to 400 Support Staff at the World Bank in DC.
In each location, I found myself amazed at the commonalities in our cultures in spite of all the apparent differences.
As a speaker, it's always a bit unnerving to present to a group whose cultural background is so different from my own and yet time and again, I learn that the themes which arise in our human journey -- though disguised differently -- are often by many. The tendency for each of us is to look at how we are different from those around us rather than how we are the same.
Tonight, my husband and I stopped by to have dinner with my 85-year old father who lives across town here in NYC. He showed us a copy of a recent National Geographic magazine, and in it, an inscription by Alexandra Fuller.
She had written, "Culture is a form of immunity."
Remember to move past your own and embrace others.
Below: An image from Las Vegas taken on Tuesday 3/12 when I was speaking about how the prism's colors fuse to form clear light -- in essence, how the seemingly disparate parts of ourselves combine to create a larger whole...and the same, ultimately, is true for our globe. And below that, an image taken while I speaking about the importance of listening and of being open -- hence my arms extended outwards.
There's a misconception many of us have that
1) a career starts in our adult years
2) that the best careers are fully planned
Hmmm. I'm not so sure that's true.
Think of some of the best career events that have happened in your life. Were they fully planned or did they EVOLVE and UNFOLD?
If you are a bit adrift...wondering what "razzes your berry" (as I like to say in my show), consider looking back into your childhood. What made you happy back then? What activities did you love doing?
...if you know what you want but are feeling too much of the pressure to "make things happen", then I encourage you to let things unfold and evolve.
My Alexander Technique teacher who taught me movement (which is very much a metaphor for life), would often say, "Let, allow, permit." She showed me how in movement, we tend to grab and tense our muscles...and the key was to keep things open and flowing.
And as a child, there were activities you just loved...before you evaluated whether or not you could create a career out of them. And before other people made fun of you. What were those activities?
Rather than try to make things happen, rest assured that what you love is already within. This is the power of The Through Line.