If Meditation isn’t Really Working, Here’s a Tip.

Maybe you’ve been trying but if

Mediation isn’t really working for you,

here’s a possible alternative…

I met a great lady Michele Theoret from Empowered Yoga here in Edmonton. She did a nice, short inspirational talk at a recent SoulFront event and gave me some great advice.

mediation isn't really working

 

She said meditation didn’t really work for her but told me to try this (paraphrasing)…

 

“Close your eyes and relax your mouth…

pay attention to your lips, tongue and jaw…

just focus on these things and just keep them loose and relaxed”

Then she asked me to try to take my mind to another thought but

I couldn’t really switch to new idea.

Apparently, the body or brain gets really deep when focusing on the mouth? I don’t understand or know why, but this is working better than mediation for me.

Thought I would pass this brilliant nugget on to you. Please feel free to comment if you know anything more about this technique.

Also, if you are in the Edmonton area and in need of a shot of passion to spark your imagination,

you gotta check out a meetup

at SoulFront held at the cool Mosaic Centre

 

Thanks a lot Michele, maybe one day I will give yoga a try!

Clint.

 

How Mediation helps when Life Gets Crazy

 How I use mediation when my life gets crazy…

After reading the Dan Harris book “10% Happier”, I’ve been giving mediation a try. Dan’s approach is like mine, no bs or fluff. He like I seems skeptical until proven differently about self-help.

You should check it out if you ever feel stress, anxiety or depression (who doesn’t?).

Meditation when life gets crazy

I believe we all have deep traits in our DNA that we cannot change, such as introversion. Read Susan Cain’s “Quiet- The Power if Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” or check out her Ted Talk for great insights on those of us who prefer solitude and collaboration over groups and competition.

At 43 years old, I don’t believe I can change my introversion. Even this weekend I’ve been going a little nutty after not having enough quiet alone time over the last few weeks. Add in the mix my ADD brain that often goes into overdrive, hence the analogy of “the ADD brain is like a race car with bicycle brakes”.

I admit that mediation isn’t easy.

Like many things for me, I have not been consistent meditating. Over the last several months I’ve been trying to meditate for 5 minutes in morning and 5 minutes at lunchtime. I also tried using the Young Living essential oil “Joy” on my toe. I believe this was helping calm my brain down but I’ve been slacking.

Life’s picked up the pace as of late due to:

  • An Ecommerce website launch at Neumann Marking Solutions.
  • A presentation for 10+ customers at Neumann Marking Solutions.
  • Working on my side gig Intrapreneur Online that includes Fizzle courses (5 weeks for free here).
  • Participating at the local Soulfront Meetup group for entrepreneurial minds.
  • Preparing and delivering a speech for my Toastmasters group.
  • Pressure from wife for not spending enough time with family.

All this is a lot for an introverted ADD guy to handle so I will make a better effort to practice the mediation each day. As I write this on a Sunday morning, I already feel better with the aroma of my 3 wood oil combo whiffing through my office air. I now meditate for 10 minutes in the morning so if I stray a bit I get at least 5 minutes of real clear mediation.

I am still a rookie with calming my mind to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

I encourage you to give mediation and some essential oils a good honest try.

Clint.

Clint’s Podcast Debut Appearance.

Clint’s Podcast Debut Appearance.

 

Another first for me recently when I was interviewed on

Podcasts With Paul – Interesting people. Interesting conversations.

Podcasts-with-Paul copyPaul Lopushinsky

 

Paul’s an interesting guy that I met through an introduction from our mutual mentor, Wynn Payne (thanks Wynn).

Here’s what we discussed in about 37 min…

Listen hear.

This was another step outside of my comfort zone.

Much of my Toastmasters lessons were in play here like, watching the ums and ahs and impromptu answering of questions.

I write this post for a several reasons.

  1. I hope to inspire you to give this a try.
  2. To give you a feeling of what it was like for me.
  3. What are your thoughts on podcasts?

You may be wondering,

“Why would you do a podcast Clint?”

The benefits so far have been that I realized I still hadn’t clarified my vision of Intrapreneur Online. My focus is still not super sharp though, I now have better definitions than I had for the interview.

2 Examples:

Paul asked…

What is an Intrapreneur?

My answer was not clear so I’ve been practicing. If I were to be asked now, I would say,

“There are many traditional definitions, but our new modern-day definition is:

‘An intrapreneur is an employee who uses their job as a place to practice and improve their entrepreneurial skills’”.

And when Paul asked…

What is Intrapreneur Online?

I would now say,

“Intrapreneur Online is an online community of intrapreneurs who are changing their mindset from employee to business owner. We practice and improve our entrepreneurial skills by using proven methods and by sharing and learning from each other’s experience.”

employee, entrepreneur road sign illustration design over white, Intrapreneur, Intrapreneurship,

Appearing on this podcast was great because both Paul and I are at the beginning of creating our Personal Brands. It’s pretty cool when I think “Clint’s podcast debut was on the #4 episode of PWP”.

Paul may be just starting but he has

Serious Skills in Improv and Interviewing.

I’m sure he has a successful future with Podcasts with Paul. I feel fortunate to have been a guest and I learn something new each episode that I listen to.

I wish Paul well and encourage you to have a listen to his interviews and to check out his blog.

If your plan is like mine to build an Online Presence and Personal Brand, then finding an interviewer or podcaster should be on your goal sheet.

Please comment below or contact me here with your thoughts.

Do you listen to podcasts?

If so, which ones?

If not, why not give them a try?

Clint.

Young Living Oils in Canada

The Young Living Oils in Canada have been gaining huge momentum.

Have you tried them yet?

This is my first attempt at marketing a GIF animated image plus I’m promoting the Young Living Essential Oils for relaxation.

Disclaimer, It happens to be for my wife’s Young Living webpage.

Best Tree Oil Scent

 

Seriously though, I use this cotton ball hanging from the vent  in my home basement office and it is very uplifting for me.

Karen thinks it is very tacky but I don’t think so and it works for me!

This stuff is cool and helpful.

Want a 24% discount?

You can go ahead and become a Wholesale Member and take advantage of 24% off the retail price.

Click here to sign up and get your first kit of oils.

If have questions or you’re interested in Leadership for Young Living Oils in Canada you can contact Karen here.

Do you think the cotton ball GIF is tacky?

Clint.

Are you a Multipotentialite with ADD like me?

Are you a Multipotentialite with ADD like me?

Welcome to all, including the Puttylike readers.

Ok, so we Putty peeps all have the understanding that we’re Scanners or Multipotentialites.

It’s hard enough for a Renaissance Person that is trying to find his/her meaning and happiness in life. Now, add to the cauldron, a spouse who doesn’t understand Multipotentiality, children to support and finally add in a brain that works different than 95% of North Americans.

This post from a Multipotentialite Parent with ADD

right left brain guy cartoon

It is for those of us who struggle with:

  • Family and
  • Financial Factors and
  • Mind Matters.

For us, life is not as easy as “just find what’s important to you and go for it”.

Though,I believe I have found a solution or a better way to begin the journey.

Have you heard of Intrapreneurship?

More on this in a bit, but first, when you discover you have an amazing brain…

My recent focus has been on my diagnosis of having a form of ADD (or ADHD without the Hyperactive part).

You may or may not know much about ADD but the quote from Dr. Edward Hallowell paints a great picture –

An ADD Brain is like a Race Car with Bicycle Brakes”.

This image makes perfect sense to those of us who deal with this, but the majority of people really can’t understand ADD wiring.

Take my wife, she insinuates, “You haven’t succeeded in ___(fill in the blank) because you don’t finish anything” and“ just when you get going on something, you jump to the next” and “you just need to focus on the task at hand”.

If only it was that easy!

Because I’m a big thinker, I take this all very seriously. I’m a big time problem solver, that’s all my brain seems to do, look for opportunities and solve problems. I want to be successful in many ways.

How do I make myself better?

This has been the question I continually try to solve, for like, the last 10 years.

I started with personality-like systems like Fascination Advantage® Assessment (Sally Hogshead), which is awesome. Then located the Puttylike group and examine my Multipotentiality. Next, I read Barbara Sher’s “Refuse to Choose” book and realize it’s ok to not finish everything that I start.

Then, at the age of 42, I find out I have a form of ADD.

Another wrench thrown into my life!

So, I wonder if the similarities between a Scanners and ADD are connected?

When I Googled “Do Scanners have ADD” I found this interesting writing by Ms. Sher.

“And then we have ADD. Before knowing who they were, many Scanners assumed that their “problem” might be attention deficit disorder (ADD), simply because everyone assumed that being interested in lots of things was a form of distraction. In my experience, I’ve found that many Scanners actually do have ADD, but they are true Scanners all the same. I’ve also met people with diagnosed ADD who appear to be Scanners but are not. Once you understand that a bona fide Scanner has no problem with the normal ability to focus (as opposed to ADD-style hyper-focus), the confusion with ADD usually clears up.

I’m a Scanner and have been diagnosed with ADD. And I can tell you that nothing is clearer than the difference between feeling stuck because I’m having an ADD attack — that is, my mind is in a fog and I have trouble remembering what I’m doing — and being stuck for the typical Scanner reasons of being attracted to so many things that I can’t figure out which project to reach for next.  

Of course, there are many people who are quite content in their fields and have a few normal interests in addition, such as a lawyer who enjoys cooking and travel, or an advertising art director who collects antiques. But there’s a noticeable difference between someone with a normal range of interests and a Scanner”.

Source:
http://getmotivation.com/articlelib/articles/barbara_sher_scanner.html

Ok, so I’m feeling much better about myself after 2 things.

  1. The above thoughts by Ms Sher. She is someone who understands people like me and I highly respect her. And,
  1. My boss’s recent compliment about how I’m becoming good at understanding our staff’s personality strengths and jobs/tasks that fit them best. All the while with the long term, big picture company plan in mind. What I felt was, “someone finally appreciates that I see things differently and can connect things that they could not see” and they saw the value in me.

Unfortunately, as Multipotentialite ADD’ers, we are constantly told by society that we’re not doing things “correctly” or not following the “correct path” or you can’t have more than one real job/career.

I say…no…we can do many things…we can show those non-ADD’ers that we have very important talents and skills.

We just need to find our best formula, which is not easy.

Enter Intrapreneurship.

One of my main hurdles or stumbling blocks in life has been getting ahead financially.

The ideas of “lifestyle design” or “Multi-Career” or “Renaissance Business” are all fine and dandy for singles or hipsters, but for most families, debts and bills still have to be paid.

Like myself, you may have a continual war between the creative forces pulling one-way and your family’s future pulling the other way.

What usually wins is a “job” because many of us don’t enjoy living in a Yurt or on the street or on a traveling journey in foreign lands. No offence to those of you who do ; )

This could be what Barbara calls the “good enough job”.

But I’m thinkin’ the answer is Intrapreneurship.

Taken from Intrapreneur Online dot com…(my current side gig)

“We are a combination of employee and entrepreneur. We are leaders who learn and take risks inside other peoples companies. We use our employer as our Main Income and as our Entrepreneurial Petri Dish.”

Tweetable:

 

I have strategically found a company that was looking for leaders. I have proven myself loyal over some time and have been given opportunities to learn and practice skills that I need to thrive in my future endeavors. This can be done discreetly and is a win-win for both employee and employer. For instance, I first learned Industrial Outside Sales, improving my struggles with public speaking and negotiation skills. Then moved into

  • Team Building
  • E-Commerce
  • Marketing
  • Distributor Relationships
  • Company Expansion into other Territories

This is Intrapreneurship for the Multipotentialite.

This is allowing me to support the family and put my creative juices in action.

Going to a Full-Time job everyday and not having full control of my time is still difficult but it’s no worse than being a broke Self-Employee at a dead end is it?

The other big point of Intrapreneurship for Multipotentialites is

the opportunity to work on Side Gigs that can move you into Full time Entrepreneur.

That’s what I’ve been doing by creating a community of IPR’s (Intrapreneurs) at IntrapreneurOnline.com.

We strive to help others in similar situations by sharing successes, tips, advice, support and cheerleading. PS. I’m looking for some helpers over there :)

What do you think?

Do you have a combination of things such as Multipotentiality, ADD, and Breadwinner?

Do you fight between satisfying your ambitions and family commitments?

Has life thrown a few wrenches in your life plan?

Would love to discuss.

Clint.

Are you Building a Skills Ladder or Corporate Ladder?

Are you Building a Skills Ladder for Yourself or

Corporate Ladder for Shareholders?

Are you going home after work and turning off or turning on your Brain? Do you go home after your day job and feel good about aimless Facebooking or YouTubing or Instagraming (TV or whatever you do) wasting your life away?

In my world, at this time, in the Oil and Gas province of Alberta that I live in, your job could be in peril.

I know, I know, you turn those thoughts off when you walk through your door and pick up your device and fill your brain with melatonin and receiving immediate joy from reading your Facebook feed.

This is a fact.

Maybe you’re ok with this addiction maybe you’re not.

If I haven’t pissed you off enough to leave yet then give this some thought…

Are you working hard or smart? Are you climbing a Corporate Ladder for some shareholders or are you building your own personal Skills Ladder?

I’d guess you are not building a Skills Ladder in your spare time.

think about tomorrow today

The world has changed and corporations and jobs and careers don’t and won’t cut it for most people. If you Google Intrapreneur or Intrapreneurship you will probably find stuff regarding corporations that are valuing and looking for employees with minds of entrepreneurs to be their worker bees.

No kidding! Intrapreneurs are the ideal employee to them!

My vision (and hopefully yours) is for all-star employees to grasp Intrapreneurship (my interpretation here). The big but is,

Do It on YOUR Terms -Not Your Employer’s!

Don’t build your Skills Ladder to make companies rich, build it to bring yourself freedom. Not to sound daunting, but your Skills Ladder should ultimately bring you income by creating your own company or corporation.

This is not rocket science and

frankly, I’m shocked

that the bulk of we humans are still afraid to look beyond our job or career and invest the time and energy in ourselves. We are not all natural born, moneymaking entrepreneurs but we all are great at certain things that can create income and wealth. Especially this day and age with the technology, internet and connected world that we live in.

I’ve said enough. If you’ve read this far,

Go to my Side Gig IntrapreneurOnline.com

Enter your email and join for updates. This community is just beginning and you don’t want to miss it. The time could not be any better to build your Skills Ladder for yourself.

It’s your future.

FYI…scroll down to Our Team if you’re good a Facebooker…

Clint.

The Stages in creating a Toastmasters Speech

Ok, I’m by no means a professional speaker.

The Stages in creating a Toastmasters Speech will vary.

I’m just an introverted sales/marketing guy who uses my local Toastmasters International Club as a learning and improving tool.

Toastmaster speaker

In this post I’m sharing the process I used to create several versions of my Speech, from a first Draft of text to a point form version on a card.

Hope you find something helpful.

Now, I happen to also be a Multipotentialite Scanner who was recently diagnosed with a form of ADD so I’m impressing myself with how I actually get ANYTHING Done!

In the process of practicing my Writing Here and Speaking at Toastmasters, I decided to enter the Humorous Speech contest for the first time.

Those of you who are familiar with TM, from the Competent Communication (CC) manual, Project #7 is Research Your Topic. I had done a lot of research on ADD,

But I had to try to make it Humorous too!

Coincidently, I had picked up a used copy of “Never Be Boring Again” by Doug Stevenson several months ago, which I highly recommend. Unfortunately, I hadn’t finished the book or attempted his “Story Theater Method” techniques when the contest was close to arriving.

Nevertheless, I committed to my first speech contest, which I practiced, won our club contest and went on to the Area Toastmasters contest. I quickly realized that I was out of my league and that I need way more practice to compete at the Area level (See Stephen’s winning speech here which he won the Area and took 3rd at District competition).

One of the trickiest things about Toastmaster speeches is keeping the length only 5-7 minutes.

My first draft was over 9 minutes long.

I actually wrote 9 different steps or versions of the speech. I started with basic ideas then did elimination and added little bits of structure. I video recorded/timed myself practicing, then eliminate, structure, repeat until I got it around 7 minutes. Ultimately, I broke I down to point form on a 3×5” card that I kept in my pocket for a reminder peak just before I spoke (remember, I do have ADD so my mind wanders and makes this difficult!)

 

I won’t share all 9 drafts but here are a few so you get the idea. These are unedited. I need the spaces, colors, bold, italics, tabs, bullets etc. for my mind to remember.

 

First Draft –

Get everything down. Don’t worry about structure yet.

 

Project 7 – Research Your Topic.   5-7 minutes.

Use information to support main point (ADD in Adults)

  • Statistics -numbers from incidents, data, or events.
  • Testimony – Quotes or opinions from others
  • Stories –
  • Visual aids – diagrams, charts, pictures models or objects.
  • Facts – verifiable.

Walking Dead

Walking ADD

 

 

Title: Race Car on a Bicycle Path – The Amazing Brain’s of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

 

Opening…

 

Recent diagnosis

 

Dr. Edward Hallowell – Says the ADD Brain is like a Race Car with Bicycle Brakes.

 

have done (and continue) research/ gather info…

 

Realize Society and Dr.s

Whabout understanding and respecting Add’ers not demanding Behavioural Conformity.

 

 

Dr. Daniel Amen

Complex as different styles,

some can’t focus or “become antsy” – others over-focus “hyper-focus” “zone out”

 

 

in my case, Dr. Edward Hallowell’s quote “Brain’s like a Race car with Bicycle brakes”

 

 

not discussed enough

many don’t talk about it so I thought “lets try and see if we can joke about it”

 

Body

 

story/anecdote.

Typical evening…

gotta write a blog post…or some other example…

 

which tense to write?

 

different voices for

1.“brain talking” (or each thought)

  1. General Fact
  2. Mya
  3. Clint.

 

about face each time mind wanders? change directions slowly?

 

 

going to write a blog article for my website

Interrupted by thoughts and 6 year and 2 year.

 

 

Settle in at computer in my basement office

Set alarm for 20 min uninterrupted writing time..

What topic to write about?

ADD, yes.

BRAIN: “It’s been a while since you impressed the boss, you should really work on that press release about our 20 years in business.

GENERAL: Bing..oooh a Pinterest notification…Pins that you may like…

BRAIN: We just love furniture and cool stuff made from pallets and garden ideas..(pause)

CLINT: come on, Focus, lets get back to the blog post.

which one’s more important, the ADD or the 20 year press release?

I got way too many windows open,

Fresh Start, lets just close these down so we can get back on track

Back to desktop

Oh yeah there’s that image of that cool Video Camera _____

BRAIN: “We really should Google the model number…”

GENERAL: No! Stop that and open the damn Word Processor..

There, now we’ve focused and written a few paragraphs. We’re rolling.

Kid comes in

Mya: “Daddy”

Clint: “Yes Honey? What is it, Daddy’s trying to concentrate and do some writing”

Mya: “Hana stole my popsicle sticks”

Clint: Well Mya, you know she’s only 2.

(Surprise)

Clint: Hana did you steal__WHOA! What happen to you! What have you done to yourself! Clint turning to Mya: Mya, why is Hana’s face and her arms all Green?

Mya: “well, she stole my popsicle sticks and Crayons and Markers too…” Smirk…

 

Leave office and clean up Hana

Settle back in at computer in basement…

BRAIN: “We’re very thirsty.”

GENERAL: head to basement fridge for a Beer.

BRAIN: “We should really drink more water, you know”

GENERAL: walk by furnace, remember that the filter needs new filter…remove filter, take to garage get replacement. See all the toys piled for donation.

BRAIN: “We should really take those to Value Village, you know”

GENERAL: No! Stop that and get back to the damn Word Processor.

Settle back in at computer in basement…

GENERAL: oh yeah, don’t forget to pick up Dry-cleaning on wed…vegetables from Farmers Market on Thurs, Swimming lessons on Sat…

BRAIN: “We have already put these in your Google calendar so we don’t have to remember

, you know”

 

ALARMMMMM………and 10min have passed.

 

 

Conclusion

 

 

To end, give some stats, facts and hard data.

To end, consider this hard data.

 

 

google undiagnosed stats, for opening?

 

How ADD’ers help

Successful ADD’ers

Why ADD’ers are

 

 

leave you with this advice: from ADD Crusher…Alan Brown

 

To Get More Things done or Stay on Track

 

Label each new thought.

 

1.What I’m Doing Now.

2.BS, Not important. Bye Bye.

3.Important but Not what I’m doing now.

 

ADD’ers have many

 

Quote by Carol Smaldino? or

But here, for me, is one of the lessons we can all learn from ADD in general, which is that we need to cultivate respect for ourselves and for our children, rather than demand behavioral conformity without considering the lust for freedom that we sing about in theory.

Good news – Drugs/meds work, if used for proper ADD type…

 

Bad news – Society and many Doctors don’t fully appreciate ADD wiring.

 

What I yearn for is understanding and respecting ADD’ers not demanding Behavioural Conformity.

 

 

End on with a chuckle at all?

 

Walk back to BRAIN spot…

 

BRAIN: “We really should leave, it’s time to go you know”

 

 

Draft 3 –

Begin structure. Create opening, body and conclusion. Some editing begins. First practice out loud while videoing. Was over 9 minutes long.

 

Project 7 – Research Your Topic.   5-7 minutes.

Use information to support main point (ADD in Adults)

 

  • Statistics -numbers from incidents, data, or events.
  • Testimony – Quotes or opinions from others
  • Stories –
  • Visual aids – diagrams, charts, pictures models or objects.
  • Facts – verifiable.

 

Title: Race Car on a Bicycle Path – The Amazing Brain’s of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

 

Opening…

 

Recent diagnosis

ADD or ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Principal Characteristics ADHD Inattention, Hyperactivity and Impulsivity.

 

I’m on Inattention side

 

Dr. Edward Hallowell – Says the ADD Brain is like a Race Car with Bicycle Brakes.

 

 

have done (and continue) research/ gather info…

 

Realize Society and Dr.s don’t find the positives in ADD’ers but mainly the negatives.

Don’t understand and respect ADD’ers but demanding Behavioural Conformity.

 

Most Dr’s generalize ADD but

Psychiatrist – Dr. Daniel Amen – (Amin)

Complex as 7 different styles,

Main -… can’t focus or “become antsy” – others “hyper-focus” or “zone out

Somewhere between

 

Topic not often discussed

We can’t talk about it I thought “lets try to laugh and joke about it”

 

Body

 

story/anecdote….Typical evening….gotta write a blog post…

 

4 characters in scenario –

  1. GOOD BRAIN
  2. BAD BRAIN
  3. Mya
  4. Clint.

 

 

about face each time mind wanders? change directions slowly?

 

 

going to write a blog article for my website

Interrupted by thoughts and 6 year and 2 year.

 

Settle in at computer in my basement office

Set alarm for 10 min uninterrupted writing time..

What topic to write about?

GOOD BRAIN: ——How ‘bout ADD, yes great topic. Close all these windows, open up our Word processor to get started.

BAD BRAIN (tilt head down, lower voice): “It’s been a while since you impressed the boss, you should really work on that press release about the co’s journey and 20 years in business.

GOOD BRAIN: —–No, we sat down to write a blog post and we only have 10 min.

GENERAL (lift right arm, look up to right) Bing..oooh a Pinterest notification…Pins that you may like…

BAD BRAIN: We just love furniture and cool stuff made from pallets, interesting garden ideas and pictures of food..(pause for effect)

GOOD BRAIN: —–Come on, Focus, lets get back to the blog post.

BAD BRAIN: Are you sure?

GOOD BRAIN: Oh course I’m sure, that’s why I’m sitting here. Which one’s more important, the ADD blog or the 20-year press release?

I got way too many windows open again,

Fresh Start, lets just close these down so we can get back on track

Back at our desktop

GENERAL (look up to right)…Oooh, there’s that image of that cool Video Camera.

BAD BRAIN: “We really should Google the model number and check it out on Amazon…”

GOOD BRAIN: —–No! Stop that and open the damn Word Processor..( pause for effect, shake it out, simulate typing)

There, now we’ve focused and written a few paragraphs. We’re rolling.

GENERAL (look up to right) Bing…Kid comes in.

MYA: “Daddy”

CLINT: “Yes MYA? What is it, Daddy’s trying to concentrate and do some writing”

MYA: “Hana stole my popsicle sticks”

CLINT: Well Mya, you know she’s only 2.

(Surprise)

CLINT: Hana did you steal__WHOA! What happen to you! What have you done to yourself! (Clint turns to Mya) “Mya, why is Hana’s face and arms all Green?”

MYA: “well… she stole my popsicle sticks AND my Crayons and Markers too…” Smirk…

 

GENERAL (look up to right)…Leave office and clean up Hana

Settle back in at computer in basement…

BAD BRAIN: “We’re very thirsty you know.”

GENERAL: head to basement fridge for a Beer.

BAD BRAIN: “We really should drink more water, you know”

GENERAL: walk by furnace, remember that the filter needs to be changed…remove filter, take to garage to get replacement. See all the toys piled for donation.

BAD BRAIN: “We should really take those to Value Village, you know”

GOOD BRAIN: No! Stop that and get back to the damn Word Processor.

 

Settle back in at computer in basement…

BAD BRAIN: don’t forget to pick up Dry-cleaning on wed…vegetables from Farmers Market on Thurs, Swimming lessons on Sat…

GOOD BRAIN: “We have already put these in your Google calendar so we don’t have to remember. Now you’re reminding your reminders”

ALARMMMMM………aaaaand my 10min have passed.

 

Conclusion

 

To end, give some stats, facts and hard data.

To end, consider this hard data.

 

 

neurobiology and genetics

In USA, Children up to 17 years range from 6-11% of their age group. More boys than girls.

 

Surveys and stats from

Amer. Journal of Psychiatry say approx

4-5% of American Adults show prevalence of ADD.

Between 17-30 million Americans.

 

Advantages:

  • Artistic/Creative,
  • Idea Generators/Brainstorming,
  • See the Big, Broad Picture,
  • Solve Problems quickly,

 

2 of the biggest challenges are Organization and Time Mgmt.

We see all the things that need to be done and Don’t know where to start.

 

Need to Make a Roadmap and detailed Plan.

 

 

leave you with this advice: from ADD Crusher…Alan Brown

 

To Get More Things done or Stay on Track

 

Label each new thought.

 

1.What I’m Doing Now.

2.BS, Not important. Bye Bye.

3.Important but Not what I’m doing now.

 

Good news – Drugs/meds work, if used for proper ADD type…

 

Bad news – Society and many Doctors don’t fully appreciate ADD wiring.

 

What I yearn for is understanding and respecting ADD’ers are just different. not demanding Behavioural Conformity.

 

 

End on with a chuckle at all?

 

Walk back to BRAIN spot…

 

BRAIN: “We really should leave, it’s time to go you know”

GENERAL (look over shoulder): Thanks for the reminder BRAIN, we actually got something done and finished this talk!

 

 

Draft 9 –

Drafts 4-8 were the most difficult. Eliminate, practice, eliminate, practice, to get down to around 7 minutes without rushing.

 

Project 7 – Research Your Topic.   5-7 minutes. –   Version 3

 

Title: Race Car on a Bicycle Path – The Amazing ADD Brain (Attention Deficit Disorder)

 

Opening…

 

Recently diagnosed, form of ADD, Believe, being 42 years- eye-opener.

Principal Characteristics of ADD or ADHD Inattention, Hyperactivity and Impulsivity.

 

This quote sums me up

Dr. Edward Hallowell says “the ADD Brain is like a Race Car with Bicycle Brakes.”

 

Most Dr’s generalize ADD but

Psychiatrist – Dr. Daniel Amen – (Amin)

Complex as 7 different styles,

Main examples- can’t focus or “become antsy” – others

hyper-focus” or “zone out” others – somewhere between

  1. Topic not often discussed

We can’t talk about it so I thought, “Lets try to laugh and joke about it”

 

Body

 

Reenact. Typical evening

4 characters in scenario –

  1. GOOD BRAIN
  2. BAD BRAIN
  3. MYA 6
  4. CLINT… And Hana 2

-Part ONE-                       

Settle in at computer in my basement office

Set alarm for 10 min timer for uninterrupted writing time..

What topic will I write about?

GOOD BRAIN: ——How ‘bout ADD, yes great topic. Close all these windows, open up our Word                                                 processor to get started.

BAD BRAIN (tilt head down, lower voice): “It’s been a while since you impressed the boss, you should                                     really work on that press release about the co’s journey and 20 years in business.

GOOD BRAIN: —–No, we sat down to write a blog post and we only have 10 min.

GENERAL (lift right arm, look up to right) Bing..oooh a Pinterest notification…Pins that you may like…

BAD BRAIN: We just love furniture and cool stuff made from pallets, interesting garden ideas and                                                 pictures of food..(pause for effect)

GOOD BRAIN: —–Come on, Focus, lets get back to the blog post.

 

-Part TWO-

Back at our desktop

GENERAL (look up to right)…Oooh, there’s that image of that cool Video Camera I like.

BAD BRAIN: “We really should Google the model number and check it out on Amazon…”

GOOD BRAIN: —–No! Stop that and open the damn Word Processor..(pause for effect, shake it out,                                                                                                                                                                                                             simulate typing)

There, now we’ve focused and written a few paragraphs. We’re rolling.

 

KIDS Interrupt

GENERAL (look up to right) Bing…Kid comes in.

MYA: “Daddy”

CLINT: “Yes Mya? What is it, Daddy’s trying to concentrate and do some writing”

MYA: “Hana stole my popsicle sticks”

CLINT: Well Mya, you know she is only 2.

(Surprise)

CLINT: Hana did you steal__WHOA! What happen to you! What have you done to yourself!

(Clint turns to Mya) “Mya, why is Hana’s face and arms all Green?”

MYA: “well… she stole my Popsicle sticks AND my Crayons and Markers too…” Smirk…

GENERAL (look up to right)…Leave office to clean up Hana

 

-Part THREE-

 

Settle back in at computer in basement…

BAD BRAIN: “We’re very thirsty you know.”

GENERAL (walk): head to basement fridge for a Beer.

BAD BRAIN: “We really should drink more water, you know”

GOOD BRAIN: Not now! Stop that and get back to the damn Word Processor!

 

Settle back in at computer in basement…

BAD BRAIN: Don’t forget to pick up Dry-cleaning on wed…vegetables from Farmers Market on Thurs, Swimming lessons on Sat…

GOOD BRAIN: “We have already put these in your Google calendar so we don’t have to remember. Now you’re remembering your reminders”

ALARMMMMM………aaaaand my 10min have passed.

 

In Closing, consider this Hard Data.

Conclusion

 

In closing, consider this Hard Data.

 

  1. 6-11% or American children w/ADD
  2. passed by Genetics and based on NeuroBiology, not how we’re raised or environments.
  3. Typically More boys than girls.

(Amer. Journal of Psychiatry says approx)

  1. 4-5% of American Adults show prevalence of ADD.

Between 17-30 million Americans.

 

 

I leave you with thoughts and this advice:

 

Good news – if used for properly and right type of ADD…Drugs/Meds an Natural work,

 

Bad news – Society, Doctors and Teachers still don’t fully appreciate ADD wiring.

 

from Alan Brown, the founder of ADD Crusher.

For yourself or ADDer’s you may know.

 

Label each, new, thought that comes into your Mind. 1 of 3.

 

1.This is – What I’m Doing Now.

2.This is – BS, Not important. Bye Bye.

3.This is Important – but Not what I’m doing now.

 

 

End on with a chuckle at all?           Walk back to BRAIN spot…

 

BAD BRAIN: “We really should leave, it’s time to go you know”

GENERAL (look over shoulder): Thanks for the reminder BRAIN, Hey! we actually got something done! We finished this talk!

 

 

Draft 10 –

Final copy. Point form on card in pocket.

TM speech card

 

 

I practiced this speech about 10 times before Showtime (including all the edits and eliminations). I thought it was enough but it wasn’t for me. Maybe practicing the complete speech 10-20 times would have made me more comfortable. This is why Toastmasters is great. It is totally volunteer and you only get out what you put in. This was all the time that I could put in considering my other life commitments. The experience of speaking in different environments was huge.

 

If this was Helpful at all please comment.

It would mean a lot to me.

 

If this Stinks, also please comment and share!

Thanks.

Clint.

 

 

 

 

Male Postpartum Depression, does Your Man have it?

Do you know about Male Postpartum Depression?

Does Your Man seem on edge since the baby was born? You may not realize but…maybe.

Stress Man. Businessman  suffers from a headacheI did not think about this until I opened my eyes wide enough to notice that Male Postpartum Depression is real and it happened to me

I wrote a very candid post about my real life examples.

My friend Christina at Laughing and Losing it has shared my post on her Blog here.

I discuss some personal thoughts and experiences in hopes that others will benefit and avoid the “baby blues” and depression.

You don’t want to miss this.  Please Read, Share and Discuss.

Lets open up the conversation for us guys who kinda go un-noticed.

After our second child Hana was born, I had a lot of extra stress that caused depression and real tough emotional issues for a typical “tough guy” dad. But I didn’t really realize it.

If you’re recently pregnant or have a New Dad in your circles, please Read and Share.

Thanks,

Clint.

Why Personality is the #1 factor for Staff

Ever wonder, is personality the #1 factor for staff?

Maybe you are, plan to or have been in the same position that I am in.

I was just promoted to Sales Manager in a great SMB (Neumann Marking Solutions) and I’m given a huge amount of freedom for creativity. I want to maximize efficiency and streamline processes in order to increase sales.

 Is Experience or Personality the more important when hiring Sales Staff?

Is it…

Sales Numbers? Team Motivation? New Markets? Existing Markets? Hiring/Staffing?

How to build a great team in your company.

I have observed that at present in 2015, the majority of workers still revert to many traditional, old and out-dated job customs (I do my own private survey with everyone I meet of all different ages).

To my surprise, the average worker does not expect companies to be overly accommodating with personal life goals, dreams, flex hours or non-work related achievements.

They still are ok with “a job” and to be treated just decently.

The times have and will continue to change incredibly; especially the way that companies operate, manage and treat their staff.

I believe that if you want Winners, Champions, and Intrapreneurs you cannot hire for the tasks you need but start with the personality then distribute the tasks to each individual.

What duties are the best for a superstar Sales Manager?

Now, remember to focus on Small-Medium Businesses (SMB) here, not huge corporation conglomerates that still have to treat employees as a number.

Do you think that your employer should ask your personality type and internal traits, before you’re hired?

If you say no, are you ok with having recurring misunderstandings, career setbacks or conflicts as a result?

Do you know yourself inside out?

Do you know your personality type? Your internal traits? Your temperament?

I know my strengths and weaknesses, I can say that inspiring, motivating and hiring the right people are the top of my skills and interests, followed by creating structure and systems to make training and turnover simple.

I believe the personalities are key to building a great team.

If used properly, things like the Briggs and Myers test, Dave Ramsey’s DISK system (Decisive, Interactive, Stabilizing, Cautious) and Sally Hogshead’s Fascination Advantage® Assessment can really build a team faster and sustain it.

Sally’s assessment is a must and I’m a huge fan of the system How to Fascinate.

For instance, my advantage is Mystique so I use the power of LISTENING and I’m introverted so I gather and recharge my energy with solitude. Knowing this means that I get very drained by needless talking and by physically being in noisy social work environments.

My workplace did not accommodate a private place for me to concentrate, recharge, and do my best work, consequently, I believe that I would have found success much quicker if these personality factors were capitalized on.

I feel that the personality and level of drive are more important than the skills and education that a new team member has.

Here’s Why Personality is the #1 factor for Staff.

Consider this example…your company is growing and needs professional sales people. You also need a shipper/receiver who plans on leaving.

A person (we’ll call him Jim) comes in with a resume with a deep knowledge and experience in shipping and receiving in a large enterprise that had a huge warehouse with staff and couriers that constantly came and went.

Jim thrives in an environment of hustle and bustle.

But at your company, success comes with much fewer shipments per day and to boot, the shipping area is all by itself in a tucked away corner with little to know interaction with other staff.

Jim’s motivation will be crushed in no time, even though he’s highly trained.

Now, say that your company requires the personality test up front.

You find someone that prefers solo work and has big aspirations and personal drive to learn new things including a future in sales.

Which is a better fit/hire for your company?

The traditional hire is by position, which means hire by skill or experience for the job.

Not that this is entirely bad (this was a no-brainer for the industrial age/assembly line worker).

But hiring for the “job” or “position” means that you’ve immediately hit your limit once the employee learns the task. That might be ok for a period, though at some point, things have nowhere to go but down.

If an employee has no inspiration or desire for more, the human spirit will break some day, due to something stupid like money.

At that point you cannot tell someone “Your pay is not going up because you suck you’ve stopped”.

Translation:

If the employee does not want to be challenged, it is rare that the employee will be long lasting.

 

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Am I being delusional in thinking that these personality hiring systems and process are doable and are the future of business?

Am I the only one who knows that I could succeed more efficiently in the proper setting?

Please speak up, comment and share.

Clint.

 

Sniply Examples: and other Lead Generation Tools

Have you noticed the latest style of engagement bars and wondered,

“What are those about”?

There has been an increase in applications that allow subtle pop up messages that link back to your own relevant pages. I’ll discuss some Snip.ly examples of this and other alternatives for Lead Generation.

Basically, you can drive traffic to your site by

         Using all the pages that you share anyway!

You all know that I advocate for everyone to create there own website and Personal Brand. This really is the future of leaders.

So what these companies are offering, I call “Personal Bars for Personal Brands”. That is, they could be used to promote your Personal Brand.

The premise is that while we all share interesting pages, we can now add a personal message that pop’s up and invites the visitor to “Click here for something similar” with your words of course.

Sign up to one or more of these applications (I like Snip.ly), which allow you to add a narrow bar or small text bubble that when clicked will direct traffic to your own site.

Example:

I read a cool article on Intrapreneurship.

The page looks like this…

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Normally, I would just share this to my social networks and be done.

With Sniply,

I create a custom link to that same page but it includes my message and link (to a post that I wrote, or a product or landing page.) as a pop up.

Like this…

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Freakin’ Cool!

 

How does Sniply work?

Just paste in the URL, create your message and choose your button. Sniply creates a new URL and shortens it for sharing. Currently, there is a free version and paid versions with more features (such as advanced analytics and customized colors to match your website).

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You can click to see my above example in action here.

 

This will continue to grow in popularity. I look at this as kinda creating your own Personal Adsense because these are basically your personal ads that are placed on relevant pages.

Besides the Sniply examples, I realized there were several other similar apps and/or plug-ins.

After a quick Google search, some others  that I’ve seen but not tried, are:

Sharedby.co

HelloBar.com

Woahbar.com

Clickmagick.com

 

Some will say these are annoying pop ups, but I feel they can be subtle and effective if used correctly.

Do you think these are annoying or helpful?

Do you know any other apps like this that are surfacing?

p.s. sorry about the small screenshots. I couldn’t find a way to make them bigger without blurring? Hope you get the idea.

Clint.