I’ve worked with national level leaders and creative people for a long time and sometimes I’ll be with a group I haven’t met personally. In those situations I’m always curious about who has the most experience, knowledge, wisdom, and vision, because that’s the person I want to get to know. And I’ve discovered a method that’s almost foolproof for quickly discovering that person within the group:
Panels are a common event at conferences and seminars today, and yet few people really know how to maximize the opportunity to speak on a panel. The best thing about a panel is that you have to chance to hear from 3-5 experts on an issue. The worst thing is that you have those 3-5 people on the panel. In other words, with up to 5 people (and a host) featured on a typical hour panel session, with introductions and a closing figured in, each person only gets 10 minutes or less to share their expertise with the audience. So panels can be tricky and difficult to manage. But if you’re ever asked to speak on a conference panel, here’s a few tips that will help you maximize that opportunity:
Recently, Variety Magazine reported that for audiences 8-18, streaming TV is the favorite entertainment delivery option. Even more than video games, young people today are watching streaming video. However (and this is a big however) watching LIVE TV is still what they spend the most time doing. Here’s the breakdown of viewing habits:
Since in today’s secular culture, the concept of “morality” is outdated, it’s interesting to see the incredible effort that’s being put into finding a substitute. Enter the Affirmative Consent Project. In an effort to defeat the supposed “rape culture” on U.S. college campuses, this organization is suggesting couples in love should have a contract. Among other things, they suggest the couple take a selfie to document their decision to hook up – just in case you get into court later. After all, if personal morality doesn’t exist, how else do we protect women?
Whatever you want to be in life – novelist, filmmaker, artist, pastor, leader, whatever – there’s one piece of advice I’d give you: Start acting like it. Too many people spend years waiting for their opportunity, while successful people step out and do it now. Sure you may not have funding in place, school isn’t finished, you haven’t left your day job, or haven’t picked the right project. But I’ve discovered that
Joseph Guinto, writing in the American Airlines magazine, shares the secrets to having better “aha!” moments. I’m a big believer that real, long term creativity is a matter of showing up every day and doing the work. However, there’s no question that “Eureka!” moments happen, and as Guinto says, we can create an atmosphere where they tend to happen more often. Along with Guinto’s advice, here’s a few keys that have helped me discover more creative breakthroughs:
Hollywood’s Variety Magazine reports that the most influential celebrities for teenagers are now YouTube stars. In fact, when it comes to their “Q” score, YouTube stars have far more impact on teenagers than major names like Taylor Swift or Johnny Depp. In the Variety list, the only mainstream TV, music, or movie stars to crack the top ten were Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. And the top six positions?
From time to time it’s good to remember this classic quote from the writer of “Amusing Ourselves to Death,” Neil Postman. His book is a classic on the media driven culture we’ve created, and how it has transformed the way we live. In the book, he makes a case between two views of the future – those of Aldous Huxley, author of “Brave New World” and George Orwell, author of “1984.” He compares the two versions and speculates which one was right. Let me know which you agree with:
One of my favorite Thomas Edison quotes is: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” I can confirm that in four decades of working with leaders, the single biggest reason they fail is that they get distracted. They aren’t willing to