A representation of my mood this week. It has been refreshing and fun! 📸☀️🙋🏽♀️ .
Youth work isn't a joke and at times it can get emotionally draining, stressful and there are times where you hardly get time for yourself because you are so focused on your young people and their journeys but on the flip side I wouldnt change it and weeks like this week where we have had amazing trips, massive behaviour improvements and some 'light bulb' moments from some of my young people where they start to believe in themselves.. it's been one of them weeks and I feel like my craft is developing ( its important for us to recognise our improvements ). .
A major part of this is taking some time out for what I like to do in my spare time - vlog & write.. follow my personal(ish) Instagram @chocolateforthesoul_
Thank you 😊
“One of the biggest reasons we turn down applications to speak at TED is when we’re offered compelling anecdotes but no central idea that wraps that narrative together.”
-Chris Anderson, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
That matches our experience at Moxie. All talks- especially at TED- demand clear storylines, and everyone notices when they’re gone.
Why? Because we all love a good story, and because good stories are drawn from the heart.
A good story is the sort that can be woven into ethos, pathos, and logos themselves: a narrative that establishes authority, captures the imagination, and illuminates your topic.
Like Anderson, we’ve found that compelling presentations need good stories.
Narratives aren’t second-class citizens to the classical features Aristotle described- they’re the glue that binds the whole presentation together.
If your speech is built around your personal story, then dive into the deeps.
What your audience wants is authenticity and vulnerability here, so if you’re talking about hard stuff, they’ll understand if it’s difficult.
Someone has been spying on your social media and trying to figure out when to approach you. This King of Pentacles is very stable and mature, with the Page he is bringing a message of truth. This will be a happy truth and will lead to happiness once it is revealed. The Sun shines on this connection, so let go of control and things will happen as they should. 🌈Amanda🌈
Forbes Coaches Council asked what methods help leaders be more mindful when speaking to their colleagues.
I suggested they draft purposeful talking points. "Investing time into preparing customized talking points will engender trust. Consider drafting points about why a decision was made and how it connects to your organization’s strategic objectives and core values. Find ways to share the quantitative and qualitative cost of an employee not taking a requested action. Share what isn’t changing. And personalize the message to each employee group."
How something is said is often as powerful as what is said. Do you agree?
I have the best husband in the world! When I come home from work upset or frustrated his first reaction is: try and get me to see the positive or jumps right into fixit mode. He hates to see me upset and he is doing what he think is best.
But sometimes, I just want to vent and process the negative emotions on my own.
One of the biggest lessons I have learned in my marriage is the value of direct communication. For me to get what I need, I have to tell my partner, clearly. We both know all direct communication comes from a loving and respectful place. Mastering this skill has made a hug positive impact on our relationship!
How do you communicate with your partner?