Wed Workshop: ‘Intrinsic’ motivators

Money may seem like the main motivator for many people – but what if it’s not? What if there are other ‘first-order’ motivators that we ignore at our peril? I’ve just come from a meeting where a speaker pointed out that extrinsic motivators like money, fame, and praise are all important – but beyond a certain point,…

Wed Workshop – 80:20 vision

In my Thursday Thoughts post two weeks ago, I wrote about ‘draining the swamp’ – or dealing with the big picture, and not getting bogged down in the minutiae. And that led one reader to point me to a really useful ‘life hack’ page about the 80:20 rule. The 80:20 rule, as Steve Young points out, is…

Wed Workshop – Best Laid Schemes …

You may have noticed that this week’s Wed Workshop’ is actually being posted on a Sunday (Australian time). That’s because, as the poet said, “The best laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley….” I am, as I’ve mentioned, an occasional ‘enrichment lecturer’ on cruise ships – and in recent weeks I’ve been on…

Wed Workshop – Training v Real World.

I was at a Toastmasters meeting last night when a member, attempting to encourage newer speakers, said “No speech is a failure – Each speech has an outcome. It’s how you deal with that outcome that counts.” And I’d agree – at least as far as the sentiment goes. But to paraphrase the old saying, sentiment (and…

Is this thing on?

I gave my first ‘Contest’ speech in more than 20 years on Saturday .. I was a contestant in the Toastmasters District 69, Eastern Division, Area 27 Humorous Speech contest. Which sounds a bit more spectacular than it actually is. Essentially it means that I was one of two people representing my Toastmasters club against contestants…