Following your heart doesn’t have to mean losing your mind – a beautiful mess

Beautiful mess loosing mindI saw this on my Facebook feed & snapped a picture so I could use it for a post later on.  It’s from A Beautiful Mess Inside, who always makes me think.

It’s a wonderful synergy of Head Life Lenses™ & Heart Life Lenses™.

Love it.

It’s not either/or.

It’s and.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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The Rock.Paper.Scissors newsletter is out: Resources related to the Learning & Development Checklist for the Birds

Passion mission vocation purpose

This month’s Rock.Paper.Scissors e-newsletter focuses on networking.  Missed the newsletter?  Check it out. (Not on my monthly e-newsletter mailing list? Whatsamatter you?  Sign up for free here.)

Last week I posted the article from my newsletter that I wrote based on Munir Virani’s talk about raptors.  He knows a think or two about learning & development as his TED talk has more than 800,000 views.  This week I’m sharing some related resource both serious & tongue in cheek.

Learning & Development Related Resources

Learning & Development Resources on the Lighter Side

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The Rock.Paper.Scissors newsletter is out: A Learning & Development Checklist for the Birds

Munir Virani
 This month’s Rock.Paper.Scissors e-newsletter focuses on networking.  Missed the newsletter?  Check it out. (Not on my monthly e-newsletter mailing list? Whatsamatter you?  Sign up for free here.)

Munir Virani is a quiet, humble kind of guy whose eyes twinkle as he adroitly draws you into his passion, which is raptors.  I contacted him recently out of the blue & asked him to speak at the monthly Learning & Development roundtable I host in Nairobi.

I was tickled when he said yes because I figured that anyone who can get people interested in a type of bird (raptors) that include some downright ugly critters that eat dead flesh (vultures) has to know a thing or two about teaching & training.

Others think so too as his TED@Nairobi talk has more than 800,000 views.  Both he & his partner came to the roundtable & enraptured us with raptors.  After his workshop we debriefed what he’s doing right when it comes to learning & development.  Here’s what we came up with:

  • Know thyself–Munir is a busy guy so asked me to remind him a couple days before the workshop by email & text, which told me that he knew himself as a trainer & what he needed to get the job done.  Knowing yourself, what do you need to get the job done?
  • Set the right tone right up front – Munir started by saying that he was more nervous talking to our small group than to a large TED audience, which drew us in with his affableness & honesty.  How can you set the right tone, right up front?
  • Set the stage, set a challenge – One of the first things out of Munir’s mouth was ‘I’m going to get you to understand & care about raptors.’ Gauntlet thrown, challenge accepted.  How can you set a challenge for your audience?
  • Know thy audience – Munir was talking to an international audience, which he deftly acknowledged, both with local examples as well as international examples.  He even asked someone from New York if she knew a particular region & wove that into his talk.  How can you know your audience & speak to them accordingly?
Download your own copy of the complete Learning & Development Checklist for the Birds,’ with 15 tips drawn from TED speaker Munir Virani, here. 
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Yes you can. Yes we can.

 Photo Credit: erix! via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: erix! via Compfight cc

I’m getting ready to speak at next week’s Young Women’s Social Entrepreneur dinner.  I think, as women, we beat ourselves up (not to mention other women) waaaay too much.

So, just when it looks impossible …

Just when folks are starting to laugh …

Just when you’re doubting yourself …

Just when you’re about to throw in the towel …

If this dog can you can.

Yes you can. Yes we can.

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Our get-along shirt aka parenting hack

Our get along shirt

Would love to be a fly on the wall & watch these two ‘get along.’

An original form of conflict resolution?  A form of torture?

Wonder how it all turns out.

At any rate it’s creative.

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Studying entrepreneurship without doing it ….

LEmonade

Photo Credit: Nick.Baumgartner via Compfight cc

Studying entrepreneurship without doing it

…is like studying the appreciation of music without listening to it, says Seth Godin.

The cost of setting up a lemonade stand (or whatever metaphorical equivalent you dream up) is almost 100% internal. Until you confront the fear and discomfort of being in the world and saying, “here, I made this,” it’s impossible to understand anything at all about what it means to be a entrepreneur. Or an artist.

Similarly, can someone who’s not a parent know what it’s like to be up 3 nights in a row with a sick baby?  Not truly.  Can someone learn how to swim without ever getting wet.  No.

Does that mean it should stop us from trying to understand ‘other’ as best we can?

Absolutely not.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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A social media training treasure hunt

I’m teaching a course called ‘Social Media Introduction- the good, the bad, the beautiful’ starting this week, to UN staff here in Nairobi  and I thought I’d let you in on some of the treasures to be found when you incorporate Social Media into your training and development work. Feel free to join us on this social media treasure hunt, which is designed to help you get to know how to use various social media tools.

New to Social Media? A little nervous about it? Haven’t a hot clue how to use it in training and development?

Have no fear, that’s where this treasure hunt comes in. Simply answer the questions below – and put your answers on this Google Doc I created. To do that, simply click on the link, add your name to the next column and type in your answers to the questions below. Here we go.

There are 10 questions that highlight 10 different Social Media tools. Have fun matey – as thar’s gold in the waves that Social Media is creating.

  • LinkedIn – is a great way to share events, ask & answer questions & find likeminded folks. For example, click on my LinkedIn profile page and, look under my groups, find out which ones I belong to. Write the name of one of them on the Google doc.
  • Facebook – isn’t just something that your teenage kid does to annoy you, it’s the source of all sorts of great things. Take a look at my Facebook page and write a comment below one of my posts. Then copy your comment to the Google doc page.
  • Twitter – look at my Twitter profile and look at my lists. Lists are groups of people I follow, categorized into, well, lists. Find my Social Media Twitter list and click on one person from the list. Put their name in the Google doc and 1 interesting thing about them. Having trouble finding the list? You can access it directly here. OR if you are comfortable with Twitter, send me a tweet asking me a question (write your question in the Google doc as well). My Twitter handle (or name) is @LeeAnneRagan
  • Blogs- are great for sharing vast amounts of resources and training material. Take a look at my Rock.Paper.Scissors Inc. blog, or my Life Lenses™ blog & read one post (any post) and write down three words that the post makes you think of on the Google doc.
  • Delicious – is a marvelous social bookmarking site. Once you have an account (which is free) you can ‘tag’ or put reminder words on websites and other resources that you come across on the web. It’s like having a full-time knowledge management person at your beck and call. Check out my Delicious account. Click on one link that I’ve bookmarked (any link) and write down which one you clicked on in the Google doc.
  • Flickr – is a photo sharing site. Currently there are some 2 billion photos stored there. Check out my Flickr ‘stream’ (just a fancy word for my Flickr account) and look at some of the photos. Describe one of the photos in the Google doc (or if you know how, copy the photo into the Google doc).
  • AStore – (or Amazon store) is a great way to list the books you recommend as a trainer. You can list books by categories to make it really easy for your training participants. See my AStore as an example. Look at the ‘Training Trainers: how to teach’ section. Browse the books. Which one is your favourite? List it on the Google doc.
  • Newsletters – continue to be a good way of reaching groups that haven’t yet caught onto Social Media as much. My monthly newsletter are all listed here. Click on one of them and record your thoughts about it on the Google doc. (Make sure you include the name of the newsletter you’re commenting on.)
  • Doodle - is a fun online tool that helps find out when is the best time for people to meet. I’ve created a mock Doodle which you can access here. Pretend that we are trying to find the best time to leave on a social media study tour in Paris. Simply click on the link above, enter your mock (remember this is mock!) results, then also enter your #1 date on the Google do. Merci!
  • Video is a great way to use Social Media – either ones other people have filmed or ones you yourself have recorded. Below is an example video I shot to describe the Social Media course. Take a look and see if you can guess where it was filmed (any and all creative responses are welcome). Write your response in the Google doc.
  • Audio recording can be a really easy, efficient way to share information.  Try your hand at Vocaroo.  Record a message & put the link for your message in the Google doc.
  • Confused about the various Social Media terms? Check out this crossword puzzle &, you guessed it, put your answers on the Google doc.

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An archeologist is someone whose career lies in ruins

Ruins

An archeologist is someone whose career lies in ruins ~ anonymous

Love this twist on perspective.  It’s clever.  It’s humourous.  It points out, quite simply, how perspective can dramatically change the picture.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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A far reaching, thought provoking insight into why we still need feminism

Why we need feminismYou may have noticed that when you Google something, Google tries to lend a  hand.  She’ll give you some options, filling in your search for you, to see if one of them is actually what you’re looking for.

Of course Google’s suggestions are based on actual searches. That is, Google remembers what people look for & feeds it back to you, in case you’re looking for the same thing.

This clever picture, shows how Google fills in your search if you type in ‘Women should…’ or ‘Women want to be…’ or ‘Women shouldn’t.’

It’s a far reaching, thought provoking insight into perspective.  And why we still need feminism.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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Prudish. Flirty. Whore. Proper. Cheeky. Slut. – displayed in a stark photo

Women woman short skirt

‘Prudish. Flirty. Whore. Proper. Cheeky. Slut. These are just a few of the words that could be used to describe a woman’s sexual behavior based on her appearance alone, and 18-year-old college freshman Rosea Lake chose to display them starkly — on a young woman’s legs in a photo that has since gone viral.’

The above quote is from a Huffington post article.

Fabulous.  Stark.  Mind opening.  Example. Of. Perspective. Busting.

The view changes drastically & dramatically depending on your perspective.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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