27 Apr 2018

Icebreaker or Reflect on your path? Personalize your path!

Every path begins with an Icebreaker and finishes with Reflect On your Path. Those are always the first in level 1 and the last in Level 5. I just discovered, while I cleaned my downloaded folder this picture and video (you can see bellow). 
Told Remote Access all the way to Virginia from London, it was my Dynamic Leadership Icebreaker, the 6th December 2017. At the time, my Leadership Development path was not yet finished, only "almost"; so I could say it was more a preparation for it's Reflect on your Path. 

Yesterday, at Witty Storytellers, see bellow, I finished Level 4 of Dynamic Leadership, so about 5 month to arrive to there, and I know, that now I will linger longtime on its last level. 
Meanwhile, I have two new paths where I am just finished two new Icebreakers. 

Last week it was a Real Icebreaker: I told the story, with some pictures showed too, about how I become photographer when I was refused to attend the Paris American Writers Conference. "Your English..."

With the Motivational Strategies path, I came back again to the idea expressed in my DL icebreaker: to devote it to only one theme, this time not Storytelling importance but that of memories gathered through Photography and expression of a belief that arrived to me all the way from my great grand-mother: from every bad something very good may arrive. 

Here are my three path that will remain with me now for long time. 

Dynamic Leadership does finish with 6 month leading a team. I am in more then one teams now but do not lead any of them. Perhaps from July? Or, I have to organize a team. 

As for Leadership Development, yes again, this time in French, I still have to find where to speak in French. I am allowed to tell my stories also in English, but where would be the challenge? I did buy it to get the Icebreaker, but not only, also to learn all the French expressions through Pathways and refresh my French. Next week, presenting Pathways to a French club in Tunis, best go and read again how different Toastmasters related words are used. 

Motivational strategies? I am a little worried today. Flickr with my 13 million hits and many great groups was just sold to SmugMug, about which we do not know a lot. Yahoo did buy it a few years ago, now sold it. While it is true that Yahoo was not specially good to Flickr these last years, the fear is still there, what this company, with strange name, about which I never heard before, will do? 

I have stories prepared about different pictures and what surrounded the time I have taken them, will have to find clubs to tell them, one by one.

Let me now add here my video about how finally, with my first Dynamic Leadership path, in English, I have chosen my path well : the one I needed. 

Record, record, record! It is such a joy to get back to what and how I told the story beginning of December. A few days only after the wonderful storytelling event. Videos are as much to be cherished as stories and pictures.


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Anonymous said...

First of all I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick question that I'd like
to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you
center yourself and clear your head prior to writing.
I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out.

I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just
seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually
lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints?
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Julie Kertesz - me - moi - jk said...

It is difficult to write to "Anonymous" why do not leave a name or sign it?
I do not have to "center myself" prior to writing, usually I have to restrain myself and not to write about more then one topic in one post. When I arrive in the morning to my computer with my breakfast, that I should take instead in bed or eat drink with my laptop closed, I already have the idea from the day after, from the night or early morning what I want to write about. Sometimes, even collected the images that go with it, which takes more time then the actual writing.

I let go with the flow, do not ponder how to begin. Have you heard the method when you open your notebook (or computer) and write without thinking a page, three pages? You can always revise later. Or put it aside. Let it flow and take you wherever it does. Stream-of-consciousness helps unless your creative powers, take out from you what needs to and sometimes offers very valuable information too.

I could write better for sure also give to someone who did offer to revise, but I do write "my way" and it comes out authentic. At the same time, I always have an audience in mind. Someone, who asked a question, or myself at the beginning, or answering to what I feel a need.

As you do not think 10 minutes before you answer to someone, just go with what comes. Before publishing, it is saved. Later you can change, revise, more then when you speak.