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My most vulnerable post!

My most vulnerable post!

I’m generally a pretty private person – at least anything to do with what goes on inside my head.

But the other day, I got an abnormal urge to act on a point of vulnerability and posted the following on LinkedIn.

I didn’t do it for the post to go viral or as a “cry for help.” I didn’t even do it in the hopes that even one person would find it helpful or that it would resonate with them.

I just did it to share my thoughts and feelings. I took a stab at being brave. That is all.

Having said this, if it resonates with you in any way, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your story!

Cheers.

I have a confession to make! 😮

I can be very socially awkward.😬

Yes, I can say things in public that come out wrong. 😬

Yes, I can send messages or emails that seem too salesey or lack emotional intelligence.😬

Yes, I regularly draw a blank when it comes to knowing what to say to people.😬

Yes, I can be intimidated by people when talking to them on the phone (without having visual cues of face-to-face conversations).😬

Yes, I sometimes will talk wayyyy too much.😬

Yes, I sometimes will avoid silences in conversations by talking more to fill the empty space.😬

Yes, because I spend my days talking to myself when I’m around people I sometimes need a catalyst to get a conversation started.😬

Yes, I’m uncomfortable/awkward when talking to women I find attractive and would like to get to know better.🤦‍♂️😬

There are probably more idiosyncrasies and social issues but above all else, what matters most to me is that you know and believe I truly mean well.

But, my heart is definitely coming from a good place of kindness, empathy, a ridiculous desire to be seen as helpful, friendly and with a touch of weird man-child sense of humour (ok, give me a beverage and it’s more like a tidal wave instead of a touch).

I truly value the relationships I have developed over the past 6.5 years even if as a middle-aged guy I have a challenge building deeper relationships with people.

Anyways, if you got this far and are seeing this post, and if I have made any of these kinds of socially awkward mistakes with you, and as the Canadian in me would say, I’m sorry.

#empathy #emotionalintelligence #people #kindness #truthbomb #vulnerability #vulnerable #relationshipsmatter #bekindtoyourself #bekindtoeveryone

To see the link on LinkedIn, check it out here.

Are You a Purple Chicken?

Are You a Purple Chicken?

Ok, well, not literally, but if you want to be exceptional it’s a good thing to start thinking about becoming a purple chicken.

Let me start from the beginning, courtesy of and inspired by a chapter in Terry O’Reilly’s book, This I Know (a MUST read for any business person in my opinion), where the topic of counterintuitive thinking is explored in more detail.

We all have some level of intuitive thinking that helps us get through the day and make educated personal and business decisions quickly. It’s how we naturally cope with challenging situations without knowing all the details. One definition is “the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning” or rather basing our decisions on our “gut” feeling or “hunches.” So while “good intuition comes from years of knowledge and experience that allows you to understand how people and the world works,” counterintuitive thinking forces us to abandon all of our preconceived notions. 

How many times do you really look for out-of-the-box solutions to problems or opportunities? Really find some creative solution other than the tried and true, most obvious, or “what everybody else is doing

When you hear these kinds of solutions in hindsight, they seem so blatantly obvious, but opening your mind and getting to then can sometimes be excruciatingly challenging.

The Meat of the Story

The story goes like this. Chicken farmers in Nakuru, Kenya, of modest means, were having a big issue. They were losing 80% of their chicks to hungry hawks and eagles that would swoop down and grab them in their outdoor coop as they couldn’t afford anything more than simple fencing. No canopy. No building. No protection from air attacks. Once the chicks were older though, they learned to run into the shade when they see a shadow of their predators overhead.

Faced with an untenable situation, and without resources to build a proper coop, they had a lightbulb moment when they realized there was one colour in the natural world birds of prey don’t see as food – purple. Changing the colour of their chicks was the goal. 

They got together and developed a harmless, biodegradable paint and started a new sub-industry painting chicks for about four cents each. Voila!

When the Hawks now swoop down, take a look at the purple chicks, decide they’re not edible and fly off. Brilliant, right?

However, now they were faced with an even bigger problem. Instead of losing 80% of the chicks, they now had 80% surviving and had to figure out how to feed the multiplying flocks of birds without any extra money for poultry feed.

Along came an unexpected resource – insects.  Chickens love to eat insects, which by the way, are a great source of protein. And, there are tons of termites right under the soil in Kenya, but without an easy way to access them it was half a solution. A local NGO helped with some research and found another community in Kenya that liked to eat termites and used an ingenious way to capture them – by using bundles of water-soaked waste crop stalks. Termites loved these and came right up to the surface to feed, making them easy to capture.

That’s what the farmers did. Using waste crop by-products – which cost them nothing – they fed their now growing flock of chickens with an endless supply of termites and the chickens couldn’t have been happier.

Problem solved. More chickens surviving while providing a better lives for their families – and a better ROI, all using counterintuitive thinking.

As Terry summarizes in his book, “The key to counterintuitive thinking is understanding human nature. Or in the case of Kenyan chicken farmers, understanding Mother Nature. The colour purple is rarely the colour of food, so animals don’t “see” purple chicken as dinner. The colour blue has a related effect on humans. Very few foods are blue – even blueberries are really purple – so when people diet, they are often told to paint their dining rooms blue, because it diminishes appetite.”

Or to put it succinctly, “As the word implies, a counterintuitive idea is counter to one’s normal instincts. It is often brazen, it ignores conventional wisdom, and it takes the path less traveled.” And “great marketing is about taking leaps.”

So, the next time you face a business or even personal challenge, free your mind to think of alternate solutions that are counterintuitive and completely out of the coop.

You just might surprise yourself with a purple chicken of your own.

Please feel free to like, comment and share this if you found it helpful.

 

 

Well hello there!

Well hello there!

So, this is where I start writing something brilliant about the voice over business. Right?

Well, maybe, but not just yet. This is basically a temporary post as I didn’t want to launch my website without even one post within my blog.

As I follow several other blogs online I have been and will still continue to figure out what unique point of view I can bring to the industry. Ultimately, it will boil down to just my humble opinion on what is going on in the world.

Voice over is a huge industry with a variety of different genres from commercials to animation, from eLearning to museum audio tours to Saturday morning cartoons, really, almost anyplace you hear the sound of a human voice is part of the wonderful world of voice over. For me, at least for now, I’m focusing on where I have the most connections which is serving business clients for all their voice over needs. From commercials to eLearning, corporate videos to explainer videos, on-hold messaging to trade show videos. Anything a business or other organizations would need for their internal, external and operational voice over needs.

I will add to this later so for now, take care and thanks for reading!

All the best!

David