“99 Resources to Make Your Personal and Business Life Hum” – Michael Hyatt

“99 Resources to Make Your Personal and Business Life Hum” – Michael Hyatt

Some excellent tools from Michael Hyatt. Check out the free download.

“My Current Presentation Tools” – by Michael Hyatt

“My Current Presentation Tools” – by Michael Hyatt

I often get asked what tools I use to create my presentations. Currently, I am using eight:

The “Art” of Filing – Some Great Tips

Filing is a pretty mundane topic.  Yet, for many of us, our filing systems are one of our biggest challenges.  The sheer volume of information that we now receive and must process demands that we have a good filing system (electronic & manual), but most people I encounter don’t have a good system.

MindTools has a good article that may be of a help to you.  Click here to read some of their suggestions on how to get a handle on your filing.

Blessings on your day!

BG

Are You Living Intentionally? Here is a Tool to Help

“Striving to be Intentional” – this is the e-mail signature block of a friend of my wife.  She and her husband see life as a wonderful gift of God that is to be lived intentionally and not squandered.

To live intentionally requires seeking God in prayer and the Scriptures, times of deep reflection and deep discussion to better understand your purpose.  It also requires planning.

Daniel Harkavy of Building Champions and Ministry Coaching International, the sister organization to Building Champions, have a couple of great tools for life planning. Building Champions has a Life Plan and Ministry Coaching International has the Life Book.  Both are great tools for living life intentionally.

In an earlier post I talked about the Life Accounts in the Life Book and how they are so very helpful in living life intentionally. Click here to read that post.

Additionally, Michael Hyatt has taken the Life Plan and turned it into a great e-book and is offering it free for a time – click here to read Michael’s post and to register for the free e-book.

Do not just float through life – live intentionally and with great passion for the glory of God.

Have a great weekend!
BG

 

Some Great Ideas Don’t “Fly” – Why?

How many times have you had a great idea, heard a great idea, or seen a great idea, but it just doesn’t fly?  It doesn’t catch on with the right people?

Personally, I have a hard time communicating my ideas.  According to the Myers-Briggs analysis, I am an INTJ in personality type – one of those “just the facts” types.  I am inclined to “tell vs. sell” an idea.  Surely if people just hear the facts (and plenty of them) they will easily grasp my idea & become excited about it and own it!  Right?  Well – NO, actually they won’t.

Too many great ideas have been buried in too many details, a boring presentation, or the inability to communicate why the idea is important.  These ideas just don’t stick.

Well, there is a way to make these ideas stick – a way to get others to embrace your ideas or that or others.  Chip & Dan Heath in their 2007 book, Made to Stick, lay out a simple but powerful way of making your ideas “sticky”.  It is a little bit of a stretch for guys like me that want to sell an idea just on the facts, but it is so powerful and guys like me have to learn how to adopt these principles of communicating ideas.  Bottom line – no matter how great the idea – it is worthless unless it gets off the drawing board.

Chip & Dan recommend six basic principles for making an idea “sticky”:

Simplicity – strip your idea down to its core without turning it into a silly sound bite.

Unexpectedness – capture & hold people’s attention

Concreteness – Help people understand and remember the idea much later.

Credibility – Help people believe the idea

Emotional – Help people to care about your idea.

Stories – Get people to act on your ideas.

Made to Stick is a great tool to help you communicate your ideas in a manner that actually gets them implemented.

Question – how do you “sell” your ideas?

Hope it is a great Monday & week for you!

BG