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Priorities

Every time we’re offered an opportunity, however attractive it is or isn’t, we should look to see how it fits in with our priorities.
We could also re-examine all of our current activities under the microscope of our priorities and goals / values.

So think about what your goals are, think about your internal values.

Now look at all the stuff you regularly.
Write it out.

Are there anythings you could stop doing to make room, and energy, for things you REALLY want to do?

Our priorities certainly change over time. Our values can also change,  but sometimes we dont change are activities to match. Periodic examination of activities is really useful.

Paying attention

Some questions to consider:

What are you paying attention to now? You’re reading this, but is your mind somewhere else?
Where is your attention most often?
How much is your attention on your real interests?
What ARE your real interests?

When you work / play / eat / rest / socialise, are you ‘all there?’

Do you pay attention to your body and its signals when you’re eating?
When you notice feeling tired, do you sleep? Or do you fight to stay awake and watch ‘one more episode..?’

Do you pay attention to what your paying attention to? Maybe start here, just notice, non-judgementally. Awareness is a good first step towards change.

School INSET training

A few schools have contacted me since I posted my upcoming event for teachers on the 15th March 2018 asking about costs for INSET training. Please see below for prices as of 26/2/18.

After school ‘staff meeting’ up to 30 staff
(1 hour)
£175

Half day up to 30 staff
(Taken to be a 3 hour block including breaks, eg. 9am – 12pm / 1pm – 4pm or a 3:30pm – 6:30pm twilight. )
£300

Full day Up to 30 staff

£500

One-to-one consultations (if not timetabled within the above.)
£85 per hour

Prices quoted are for schools / organisations within 1.5 hours travel of London, additional travel charged at 45ppm from BR2 0PZ, or cost on public transport, which ever is cheapest at time of booking confirmation. Any required overnight hotel stays will be charged at cost. Cancelations within 1 month of the booked date will be charged at full price, including any already purchased travel (train tickets etc) / hotel expenses. Any deposits are non fundable, except in exceptional circumstances.

Please feel free to email John@key-idea.co.uk with any questions.

Update and event news!

Hi Folks,

After gaining my Licensed Practitioner of NLP qualification in October last year (2017) I’ve been enjoying the opportunity to work one-to-one with a few people in a coaching type relationship. I’ve also decided to start running some events sharing the kinds of ideas I talk about here in the blog.

The first event is for teachers and will be on the evening of 15th March 2018, in East London.
This event is limited to 25 places.
Full event details and tickets can be found HERE.

There will be a similar course aimed specifically at performers and creatives in the very near future, please sign up for the mailing list or drop me an email to be kept upto date, or if you have any questions.
Hope everyone is making a brilliant start to 2018!

John
john@key-idea.co.uk

Can you be specific?

– What EXACTLY do you need more information about?

– What EXACTLY are you afraid of?
(You might have to ask ‘why’ more than once.)

– What skills EXACTLY do you require that you don’t have/need to develop?

It’s not enough, and it’s not useful to say “I can’t do this” or “this isn’t working” unless ‘this’ is well defined.

“My show isn’t working.”
You mean not enough tickets were sold or there wasn’t a good response from the people that were there?
How are you measuring these things? Do you / does everyone involved know what ‘working’ would look like?
Is that possible in this context?
Are other people doing it?
Who? How?

Be specific. Anything else is just whinging, which is allowed too but isn’t helpful to you or to those with whom you work.

(edited 13/2/18 – with thanks to Shane Hampsheir.)

What IS working?

Many, although not all, of us are quite aware of our shortcomings and areas for improvement.
Why not take a break from that and think about what IS working?

What are you already doing that works?
Make a list, be as specific or as general as you like.
Come up with 5 things that are working.

For example,

I’m eating healthily
I am working
I’m writing
I’m staying positive
I’m reading and learning everyday
I make the most of time with friends

… anything counts.

If this is challenging, try the question when DO I FEEL ‘GOOD’.
Or productive, resourceful, competent.

Pick one of the things / areas that is working for you, whether its personal, work, leisure, whatever. Pick one thing.

Take a moment to imagine doing it right now, notice what pictures / sounds come to mind.
Get inside the picture if you can, what would you actually see, hear and feel if you were doing it now?

Notice WHAT you think about – previous examples / current / future.
And HOW you think about them – pictures, ‘movies’, voices, feelings.
Do you describe the activity / thing to yourself?
Do you hear your own voice?

Can you imagine turning up the intensity of the sounds / colours / feelings?
How does that feel?

Enjoy!

The joy of… Flyering.

Flyering / promo…

A lot of people don’t think about ‘selling’ what they do as being part of what they do.
– and in a lot of circumstances, you might be right.
However, up here at the Edinburgh fringe, part of the ‘deal’ when you’re cast / hired is usually some time spent promoting the thing you’re doing.

Heres some things to ponder that might make it more fun, and certainly worthwhile.

Quick thoughts:

You are good enough.
Your work is good enough.
Lots of people MIGHT want to see it.
Some people WILL want to see it.

Why would you deprive people who might enjoy it from hearing about it?

NO SHOW is for EVERYONE.
A show for EVERYONE is a show for NO ONE. – stop pretending.

If its not for them, thats ok, you’re interested in the people it IS for.
… and they’re waiting to hear from you.

A longer thought:

Before you get out there ‘in the field’, take time to decide and think about how you’d LIKE to feel about the flyering experience.

What would it be like if you were relaxed, excited, passionate, certain, focussed, happy, confident, enthused?!

Think about when you have felt like that.
Imagine feeling like that now.
Now imagine you promoting your work, feeling how you want to feel. Super charge the feeling, turn it up, make pictures brighter, sounds louder.
Can you give it a powerful sound track?

Do this quickly every now and then whilst you’re out. You don’t actually need to close your eyes, but its useful when your first finding the feelings / images / sounds you want.

How long can you maintain the good feeling for? Practice!

You might be spending more time out flyering than performing, why not spend some time making sure its as nice an experience as possible?

Hopefully something in here was helpful.

… and lastly, im sorry i have no suggestions for dealing with bad weather. 😉

What am I avoiding now?

7/8/17

What am I avoiding right now?
Heres a personal list:

– writing this blog…

– writing a longer blog on something i started sketching out yesterday.

– checking my bank balance.

– this evenings meditation.

– reading my book.

– working on a new music thing for later in the year.

– getting out there and enjoying more of the festival.

– getting proper rest!

AND THESE ARE THINGS I LIKE! (Mainly.)

Sometimes writing it down helps me to realise, actually, i can DO, and enjoy, all of these things right now. Well, almost all.

Whats on your list? Would it feel good to do something on there right now?
Would you feel good later if you did one of the things now?

Edinburgh festival 2017

Im excited to say it looks like I’ll be up in Edinburgh running a gig at the festival this year (2017).
I’m going to organise some get-togethers to talk about the kinds of things I write about here, and also maybe some common practical challenges we all face in doing these brilliant things we do.

What could we discuss?
What could we try and fix?

For example:
– Looking after ourselves.
– Finding the right people to work with.
– Bums on seats / finding audiences.
– ‘The Industry’. (As in the mechanics of creative industries, what dont we like, what could we change, what shouldnt still ‘be a thing’)

Thats just a few ideas to get us going, what would you like to talk about?
I’ll be spending time thinking about more possibilities.

Get in touch, maybe we can make a thing!

john@key-idea.co.uk