OYF - The Choice Grid

Just Ask Them – Part II


Recently, I wrote about a common pitfall of presenting that almost guarantees your audience will start thinking about their next vacation while you bravely soldier on through your 82-slide deck: You forget about them. To remedy this common issue, I suggested getting curious about your audience’s needs in relation to your topic. Over the years of … Read More


blakesly Triangle of Audience Interest

Just Ask Them


Have you ever witnessed a presentation that has gone completely off the rails? The kind where you snap out of a daydream and realize that you have spent the last 10 minutes staring at the weave of the carpet with your mouth slightly agape, only to tune back in for content that has no relevance … Read More


The Worry List: Staying Present in Face of (Un)Certain Peril. (Part1)

The Worry List: Staying Present in Face of (Un)Certain Peril. (Part1)


It’s three in the morning in Cusco, Peru, and I am unable to sleep. My heart is pounding in triple time. My hands and feet are in a cold sweat. I am hyperventilating, and my stomach is doing somersaults. It might be hard for an outside observer to detect why: I’m in a cozy hotel … Read More


The Worry List: Staying Present in Face of (Un)Certain Peril. (Part Two)

The Worry List: Staying Present in Face of (Un)Certain Peril. (Part Two)


When last we met, it was 3 AM in Cusco, Peru, and I was wide-awake, feeling like I was going to die of anxiety. All day, I had been haunted by the voice of the ferret-like travel doctor: “Altitude sickness can be very serious.” So, at dinner, to calm myself, I took a Diamox, which … Read More


Be in this moment

Be in this moment


Here is a sample thought I had last week as I drifted off to sleep in beautiful sunny Southern California on a recent work trip: “Should I go to this football game in LA on the Saturday after my job ends, or should I head home on Friday afternoon? You know, maybe I should join … Read More