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 Improv Chef of Walla Walla

The Improv Chef of Walla Walla

You probably have seen them dozens of times: the mini-marts inside gas stations where you’ll often find deep-fryer-dipped chicken fingers, churros, and Jo-Jo’s. Havens for greasy, warmed-over food products. Normally, I avoid these places like the plague. But when Andrae Bopp laid eyes on the dilapidated food area of the Cenex Gas Station on 9th … Read More

The Joy of Socks

The Joy of Socks

So I started nesting my socks.  Then I went all origami folding on my shirts.  Next up:  look at every piece of paper in my files and ask:  Does this bring me joy? Have I gone insane?  Nesting socks?  What? Like many of you perhaps, I have discovered The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by … Read More

Serving the Story

I’m Starting to Resent Children for Being too Wise

It was November in New York, and I was steeling myself to attend a three-day experiential conference on leadership and authority where I wouldn’t know a soul. I wondered how I would be perceived by people there. Would they see me as a leader? Would I behave as one? I hoped so. Throughout Day One, … Read More