Three words for 2013

January 1, 2013

Three words for 2013Since 2011 I’ve been using Chris brogan’s idea of using three words to guide my year. This works much better (I think anyway) than specific resolutions that are set amidst an emotionally charged new year celebratory spirit. The words that cut further than specific project, or specific issues, and allows one to work more flexible, yet in a guided manner.

Just a reminder of previous years’ words:

Both time life might not have worked out quite as planned, but regardless I found the exercise useful, so I am repeating it this year. Read the rest of this entry »


Reflecting on 2012

December 31, 2012

So the end of 2012 has arrived… As a direct result of my 2012 beacons I have not been blogging this year. In retrospect that might have been a mistake, but allow me to reflect on how I fared in 2012.

My three beacons were: Prioritize, Purge, & Play. This is how I score myself:

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Beacons for 2012: my 3 P’s

January 1, 2012

I used four words to guide my behaviour in 2011.  Although it did not work perfectly I think it’s much better than traditional New Year’s resolutions which I think is generally doomed for failure. I must agree with Chris Brogan who says that “resolutions are often too vague, or too directed towards one goal”. He challenges us to

to dig deeper, to find three words that could be used as lighthouses to guide you through stormy seas, that can be used as flags on the battlefield of your challenges, words that will bolster you and give you a direction that goes beyond the goals you might attach as a result of these words.

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Reflecting on 2011

December 31, 2011

This year I was not particularly active as a blogger. I listed four words that would guide me through 2011. How did it go? How did I do? Hmmm, in true professorial style I’ll quickly have to grade myself. Read the rest of this entry »

Do your slides help?

October 25, 2011

Two weeks ago I did an educational session at my Toastmasters meeting on using presentation aids for effective presentations. I used slides that I originally prepared for a Speechcraft course and provided a handout (get it here). This is a summary of what I said with some further links on the topics.

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Writing a barrel full of…

August 31, 2011

by minwoo via flickr

When I am assessing student’s writing I am (unfortunately) often reminded of Schopenhauer’s Law Of Entropy…

It goes something like this:

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Lessons in telling stories

July 24, 2011

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Read any book on presentations and the concept of storytelling will be in there somewhere actually more than in there, usually it will be quite prominent. I realize I need to work on this skill and therefore I am constantly looking out for great stories, or more specifically great storytellers. Today after church it dawned on me that any presenter can learn about storytelling from The Greatest Storyteller himself, Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »