When the System Is Not Working

Posted by Vince Poscente on Tue, Jul 07, 2020 @ 11:38 AM

Here's a quick BREAKTHROUGH video on how to approach a "system" that is not working.

With the backdrop of a swimming pool that cost hundreds of dollars to throw possible solutions to getting it 'balanced' - the ultimate solution was to drain the pool and start over. With systemic failure in organizations, institutions and even relationships, the higher the complexity the more a "start over" approach may be the best solution. Clearly, this can be a painful process. In this isolated case, draining the pool was costly but, in the long run, less costly than a series of chemical additives, backwashing and water loss. Oh, and the physical labor involved in washing away the persistent algae with gallons of muriatic acid and the safety protocol involved makes it even more arduous.

BUT - still - necessary.

If you're in a position of influence to change a system, you may find yourself in a similar situation. "Draining the pool" is a metaphor of cleaning house. Which is a metaphor for wiping the slate clean. Which is a metaphor for starting over. Enough mixed metaphors already.

Get honest with the system you are a part of. Can you influence the courage necessary to start over.

It will be painful, costly and taxing, but you will find it is worth it for those who want to play in your pool later. (ugh.... another metaphor ;-) Reach out to us if you need help with the tactics necessary to start over. Leaders, this is your chance for change.

Tags: Goals, Business Leadership, Changing Times

7 Highly Effective Virtual Meeting Tactics

Posted by Vince Poscente on Fri, May 15, 2020 @ 04:07 PM

Deliver experiences that put everyone in the front row.

Whether your virtual event has 10,000 people on it or 100, follow these highly effective approaches to have maximum impact and lasting influence. I've been doing video production for years (starting with a vampire movie when I was 12 to documentaries to live feeds for World Championship Olympic Wrestling, etc). Couple that with me award-winning presentation skills and I know you'll benefit from this video. Meeting planners and C-Suite leaders agree that their most valuable asset, human capital, needs to be educated, entertained, and motivated for a successful online event. Watch this 1.5-minute video to make the most from your virtual meeting.

1. Go Spielberg, Not Fosse

Think production not theater. Use multiple cameras for a dynamic experience.

2. Hire a Production Host

Your IT Guy Aint' THE GUY. A Production Host knows Tech AND Production

3. Hire Presenters to Set Momentum and Tone

Pro Speakers Keep the Energy High. Execs Lead the Way.

 4. Assign Moderators for Optimum Flow

Ensure you have PreSet Polls, Q&A Plants and Meeting Rooms

5. Entertain, Educate and Motivate

Ensure each session has a healthy dose of each. 

6. Turn Your Panel into an Interview Festival

Assign 3 interviewers per panelist. Make your audience the hero.

7. Pre, During, Post Engagement Tools

Set the stage with Pre Event Materials that come-to-life during and after the event.

 

 

Tags: Goals, Sales, Team Building, Motivational, Business Leadership, Changing Times

Virtual Presentations to Last a Lifetime

Posted by Vince Poscente on Thu, May 14, 2020 @ 09:46 AM

Everybody's running around trying to do what the competition's not doing, especially when there's chaos. Here's how to have a competitive advantage.

Instead of trying to do what the competition's not doing, imagine your competition is the highest performers, that person that does what you do, and instead of doing what that person's not doing, try this. Do what the competition is not willing to do. What is that high performer not willing to do?

Typically, those are the things you're not willing to do either. The biggest advantage of virtual presentations is we're creating a dialogue, people communicating better. The biggest mistake is we're taking a bucket of content and dumping it on people's head and hoping that it sticks. The only way content is gonna stick is through an experience, and it's especially true with virtual presentations.

For you, I've created a virtual presentation for you that accomplishes three things.

First, that it's ENTERTAINING. The people are engaged in the story because of storytelling. This recreational skier to Olympian in four years is also the motivational piece.

The second piece, being MOTIVATED to move forward and to be inspired by someone else's story that draws them in to that experience.

The third piece is the CONTENT, the content that gets inside their head that's both innovative and counterintuitive. The people go, "Okay, that's a great idea. "Hadn't thought of it that way." 

For example, use a gold dot is a trigger for your emotional buzz. I put them everywhere. On the back of my cell phone. On the odometer in my car. On the bathroom mirror. On my toothbrush. A gold dot triggers that emotional buzz of where you want to go.

When you have an emotional quotient attached to where you want to go, your people are going to get exceed their goals faster than you ever thought possible.

Listen, bring in a professional speaker. As an Olympian, a "New York Times" best-selling author, and Hall of Fame speaker, I'm able to take people on an unforgettable experience in a virtual presentation where they're engaged. It sticks for a lifetime. The best part of my virtual keynotes is they are interactive.

We had a comment the other day, the attendee said, "I felt like I was in the front row." Put your audience in the front row of this virtual presentation and given them an experience. We had zero people drop off the call. Zero. Zero people because they were entertained, educated, and motivated all at the same time.

Let's do those three things within your virtual presentation. 

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The Science of Alignment

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Apr 08, 2020 @ 03:16 PM

The ratio between the conscious and subconscious mind is the exact same ratio between an ant and an elephant.

The ant is the conscious mind, the elephant the subconscious. The ant is on the back of your elephant making decisions on direction. You make a decision, I wanna go west, it starts marching on the back of the elephant going west. What if the elephant is headed east, which way is the ant really going?

East thinking you're going west. But it's human nature. We make decisions and owners and managers, I wanna go west, I'm gonna go on a diet. Subconscious mind, I don't think so. And so we may have unconscious reasons why not and end up in a place where we go how did I end up here again?

Yet, how much better would you compete with this kind of alignment?

How much better could you do what the competition's not willing to do if you had 2,000 neurons and four billion neurons headed in the same direction.

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A Gift for Covid Campers - The Heroes Climb

Posted by Vince Poscente on Sun, Apr 05, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

A gift for Covid Campers everywhere!

The Heroes Climb, The Ascent from I to Us

Think back to the first time you realized you were meant for something greater. That thought was your first step. You set-out towards a peak beyond your sights. What happened to that journey of yours? Are you isolated in your Covid Camp? Moreover, what will you do in the months ahead?

Free eBook The Heroes Climb by Vince PoscenteThere are scores of heroes. Look past the iconic heroes of legend or stardom. Turn your gaze to everyday heroes who pivoted from I to us.

As you widen the scope of possibilities, you become aware of a mountain, patiently waiting for you. As you ascend, your power will shift from I to us.

Normally, I give motivational keynote speeches about how “I” went from recreational skier to the Olympics in just four years. This was followed by how others could accelerate towards their goals through an award-winning speaking career and as a New York Times bestselling author.

Then, the “Great Recession” hit. And the journey uphill to find “Us” began. With this new mountain of a health and economic crisis, your opportunity awaits. This book is for you to venture on your Heroes Climb.

#setbacktobreakthrough

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A 1-2 Way, To Start Your Day

Posted by Vince Poscente on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 @ 11:06 AM

Hey COVID campers, good morning.

Starting every day well is an important part of your day, and when it comes to your routines; What are your routines? One approach I'd recommend is something that I've found very, very useful, it's something I call Activate and Meditate.

Basically it starts with something like yoga or a walk, or something like that, and then meditating. It's taking the time to actually relax and have yourself stabilize. It's a very, very effective way to set the tone for the day, get your mind straight for the day, and get you pointed in the right direction.

So, before everybody's up around here, I wanted to touch base and give you an idea of the kinds of routines that I use. You may find them useful as well.

One - Activate

Two - then Meditate.

Have a great day, COVID campers. We've got this!

Tags: Goals, Self Development, Motivational, Inspirational, Changing Times, Neuroscience of Safety

Can Covid Campers Manage their Way to Excellence?

Posted by Vince Poscente on Mon, Mar 30, 2020 @ 05:52 PM

Hey COVID campers, how you doing?

You know what? We're trying to manage our way through this situation. We're trying to cope as things look like they might get worse before they get better. Yet, we don't manage our way to excellence, and then we don't cope our way to better outcomes.

Now when you think of what the opposite of managing or coping with a situation is, it's surrendering, well we're not doing that either.

The point here is to be able to supersede coping into the next level, which is to be able to be curious about the kinds of things that may work and then get creative within that. 

I mentioned this earlier, but I'll give you another example. My son Max is a musician. You know, he is kind of trapped at home with the rest of us. He's reaching out through social media, and he's saying, hey, tell me your story, I'll create a song for you. And then I'll give it back to you and I'll play it live for you. So, is that gonna bring in revenue for him? Who knows, that's not the point. He has an expertise, he got curious about the kinds of things he could do, and then he got creative with that.

Here's a link for you to be able to learn more about what Max is doing.

In the same breathe, how curious and creative can you be in these times ahead instead of just coping or managing the situation? Take care COVID campers, bye bye.

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Does "Wait and See" Work?

Posted by Vince Poscente on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Hey COVID campers, you know what, in times of uncertainty, the tendency is to be able to just stick around and wait and see. Well, that's not the solution, the solution is to be two things.

One, curious.

Look at all the different opportunities. I mean, if, what's his name, Edison, did the light bulb that took 10,000 tries, well 10,001 he figured it out. Well, if he can do that, we can at least every day do one thing that we're acting in out of the place of curiosity. Is this something, is this something.

Second step is to be creative.

Well, we have to be creative of how to apply that. And so when I think about all the opportunities in front of us, me as an author and as a speaker, I'm looking at all sorts of ways to reach out and this is one of them.

So stay curious and then get creative. Those two things will put you in a place where eventually you'll pop out the other side. And pop out the other side stronger as well.

Tags: Goals, Self Development, Motivational, Business Leadership, Inspirational, Money, Changing Times

What's Missing On Your Calendar?

Posted by Vince Poscente on Thu, Mar 26, 2020 @ 09:45 AM

Hey COVID campers.

I don't know about you but I get in this state where I’ve got to work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work.

I'm taking a break right now but you know what? I also am a big advocate of putting stuff on the calendar and one of the things I put on the calendar today, in fact I'm going to do it next, is to go for a bike ride Whatever kind of exercise, put it specifically on your calendar.

Even though it seems kind of lame because you're at home, what are you going to put on the calendar? It helps you to define the kinds of things you can do for yourself. Not just the calls you need to keep up with and the work you need to keep up with. But also the self-serving stuff. Make sure you put stuff on the calendar is key to making this all work.

We’ve got this. Take care.

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When Positivity Falls Short

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 @ 04:44 PM

It's time to pivot.

The problem with pivoting from negative thoughts to positive thoughts, is that's pretty lame advice, you know why? Because you first have to set up your emotional buzz. Your emotional buzz is, where do I want to go with my life? What do I want to do? Is this state that we're in right now where you want to be?

Well, maybe not, with this whole pandemic, so let's actually pivot by first identifying what your emotional buzz is, then you can pivot and when you pivot, this, your emotional buzz is where do I want to go with my life? What do I want to do? Is this state that we're in right now where you want to be?

Well, maybe not, with this whole pandemic, so let's actually pivot by first identifying what your emotional buzz is, then you can pivot and when you pivot, this is a way to do it. Make sure your conscious, your mind and your subconscious might have a conversation.

In a book I wrote called The Ant and the Elephant the ant is the conscious mind, the elephant the subconscious mind, and what they do is the ant realizes the elephant, the subconscious mind, is having a negative thought.

The ant says to the elephant, "Thank you. That's not part of my vision. My vision is…" (Insert your emotional buzz here.) and it pivots onto that emotional buzz you had in the first place.

So set your emotional buzz, where you wanna be in your life, and then, and make sure it has an emotional quotient attached to it, then when a negative thought appears, that's when you can pivot. That's when you can go to the subconscious mind, the elephant, and go, "Thank you, but that's not part of my vision. "My vision is..." and then go onto the positive thought. And you can make it even better if you add the sensations of sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound. I mean, you'd be able to bring in the five senses and really experience that, that will be an effective way to pivot on where you want to go.

Take care Covid Campers.

We've got this.

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