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Episode 3: Matt Church - Intellectual Property (Pink Sheets) What Elizabeth Gilbert Wants You To Know About Big Magic. Doesn’t matter what you might be dreaming of. If any part of you longs to make and do really cool things in this world — write, paint, cook, dance, sing, speak, produce, code, act, bake, or just bedazzle your toothbrush… Today’s show is an absolute must watch. It’s a treasure map to unleash your most creative and expressive life.

And our tour guide is none other than the legendary Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Here’s just a sampling of the gems you’re about to discover: The unconventional (and very specific) thing to say and do when fear tries to stop you from taking inspired risksThe contract Liz made with her creativity long ago and why it’s made all the difference Why you shouldn’t try to “help” anyone with your art and what to focus on insteadThe vital distinction between originality and authenticity and how to manage “it’s all been done before” syndromeHow to know whether or not you’re on the right creative path We’re all creative beings. P.S. An Introduction to the Six Categories of Intervention perspective [ba… How to: Land a Speaking Gig at the Conference of Your Dreams. UPDATE: INBOUND's 2015 Call for Speakers has now come and gone.

We were looking for exceptionally well prepared, proven speakers for five of INBOUND's eight stages, and we hoped experienced speakers will consider applying. This call included Bold Talks, our Executive Track, Ideas and Experiences, Hacks, Tips and Tricks, and our Partner Track. Hopeful for next year or another event altogether? All the advice below stands. How Can You Improve Your Chances for Any Gig? Rather than prattle on and on about what we're specifically looking for, we thought this would be a great time to get really real with all the aspiring (and experienced) speakers out there about how to go about landing any speaking gig. SHORT VERSION: Work really hard, show up, and be humble.

LONG VERSION: Read this post, do the stuff in it, and then work really hard, show up, and be humble. Most of all, remember: we are talking about YOU onstage at the event of YOUR DREAMS. Ready? 1. Begin with the end in mind. 2. Be Prepared. How to Get Employees Excited to Do Their Work. What keeps you up at night as a manager? Are you worried about hitting your numbers? How to boost the results of lower performers? What about how to keep top performers motivated? We often believe that the most effective way to respond to these concerns is to directly tell our employees what to do. No one wants another checklist task that they have to complete. The challenge is how to shift someone’s response from “I have to” to “I want to.” The vertical axis measures emotional connection. On the horizontal axis, we have content.

Looking at the four quadrants, most of us default to Inform and Direct as a way to get things done. We worked with a client at a financial services company who had a direct report, let’s call him Bill, who was not well liked. After many dead ends, Bill’s manager shifted her approach. This shift in message (toward Audience-Centered content), inspired by her confidence in him (through Emotional Connection), changed Bill’s perspective.

The Best Presentations Are Tailored to the Audience. Nicholas Blechman When preparing a presentation, we all remember to think about the basics: what you want to say, the data you need to back it up, any visuals that might help. But what about the people you’re presenting to? The following excerpt from the book Presentations will help you better understand your audience and cater your message to their needs. The better you understand your audience’s goals and concerns, the more likely you are to achieve your objective and your desired outcomes. And the better able you will be to measure those successes. The audience, not the presenter, is the heart of any presentation. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Not every question here will be relevant to your presentation.

Anticipating the needs and concerns of your audience helps you calibrate your mind-set as you prepare and execute your presentation. Did you do that?