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Radial Development Group

December 14 · Issue #44 · View online

Our thoughts on running a company, tech insight, news, and nerd life.

Hello –
Recently I went to a seminar. The presenters read every slide of their hour-long presentation. Out loud.
They seemed experienced and knowledgeable, but they lost me three minutes in. 
I’m impatient with speakers who verbally amble about, and I own that. I also know I’m not the only one checking my phone and writing my grocery list after slide 11.
If you are the one with the remote – presenting a webinar, seminar, workshop, boot camp or a regular vanilla meeting – this one’s for you.
People remember stories.
Stories have beginnings, middles and ends. Keep this in mind when you prepare. 
A few more guidelines from family, mentors and friends:
  • My dad, a high school principal, had a rule: Say it in 10 minutes or get off the stage. 
  • Remember, your audience can read. Talk about your slides. No need to read aloud.
  • My mentor, Adam, coached me through managing a political campaign. His rule was simple: five slides, max.
My dad and Adam taught me to condense ideas. If you know your topic, this gives you the chance to tell stories and interact with your audience. 
People remember stories.
We are heading out of the office for holiday break. The Radial newsletter returns Jan. 11, 2022.

A rookie teacher created the Oregon Trail game. And he didn’t earn a penny,
A New York couple unknowingly used an ancient mosaic as a coffee table.
The University of Michigan uses augmented and virtual reality to train medical students. 
Here’s a little music to wrap things up, with help from The Waitresses.
Being Better
Journaling prompts from our friendly neighborhood nerd Ariana F., at Rosabella Consulting.
Decorate, finish shopping, clean the house, wrap gifts, write and mail cards, attend holiday gatherings, prepare holiday meal and do all your normal tasks for your work and family. Welcome to the holidays!
It is a cheerful (if you’re lucky) and exhausting time of year. And the external pressure we feel to “do the holidays perfectly” doesn’t help.
A few years ago I cried as I tried to tackle my growing, ever-longer to do list. I pushed through the holidays only to collapse from exhaustion. Afterward I wrote in my journal, “This isn’t right. This isn’t what the holidays are supposed to be about. I can’t keep this up, nor do I want to. So, what are the things I enjoy doing for the holidays and what am I willing to let go of?” I made a list of things NOT to do during the holidays the next year and shared it with my partner.
Ever since then, I’ve felt much less bogged down by the holidays because I’m now doing it on my terms! You can renegotiate your commitments around the holidays as well. Here’s a few reflection questions to help you get started:
  • What about the holidays brings you joy?
  • What do you dislike about the holidays?
  • What if you wrote a list of the things you want to STOP doing for the holidays?
  • What could happen if you let go of the stress and expectations the holidays need to be a certain way?
Have you reflected on 2021 yet? Are you ready to start 2022 strong? Checkout our next Leadership Circle (formerly Journal Jams) with Ariana 9 a.m. MST Wednesday Dec. 15th. Enjoy camaraderie with like-minded change-makers while leveling-up!
More information and registration is available online here - use coupon code RadialRocks to join for FREE.
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