Seven take-aways for beating block

The Presenter's Blog

Presenter’s block can hit when you need to be creative. My personal view is that we become blocked when we’ve been spending too much time cooped up inside our brain cavities. Here are seven physical ways to release the block: Take a walk. Get out from behind your mental block by taking a walk around the neighborhood. When we’re blocked, we sit, and we mash our pencils against the page until our nibs bore a hole down into the desk.

7 Tried and Tested Tips to Overcome Writers Block

Presentation Guru

But before you completely throw in the towel, read this article from Giovanni Segar who offers up 7 tips for overcoming (because you can overcome it) writer’s block and getting you back on track to writing that engaging speech you knew you could before your brain turned to mush. … Write Great Speeches featured inspiration Presentation Writing Role Models Speech Writing Writer's blockHave you ever felt you were losing the ability to produce anything worthwhile?

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How to Understand Your Mindset Blocks and Overcome Them with Lindsay Preston

Speaker Launcher

On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show, we are joined by Lindsay Preston who is with us to talk about recognizing, identifying and dealing with your mindset blocks to help you move forward and […]. The post How to Understand Your Mindset Blocks and Overcome Them with Lindsay Preston appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Identifying your mental blocks. Gender differences with mindset blocks.

Introduction to Unblock Writer’s Block

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

There is no such thing as writer’s block. I know that there is no such thing as writer’s block because I have a dog. My Books unblock writer's block writer's block writingHow do I know? If you are feeling a tad quizzical right now, please stick with me.

Peter Block workshop in Cape Town

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

At the end of February Symphonia will be hosting our very popular 2-day workshop based on Peter Block’s book “Community: The Structure of belonging”. Communication Events community peter block WorkshopsThis is an opportunity to learn the art of community building whilst experiencing what it means to be in community with a diverse group of people from across South Africa. I have personally attended some of these workshops, and they are not to be missed.

Two Peter Block workshops you should attend

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Flawless Consulting workshop with Peter Block and Symphonia Leadership Development. “Block has distilled years of experience into a wise, down-to-earth, and eminently practical guide to excellence in consulting. And even if you’re an old pro, Block’s insights will elevate you to new levels of effectiveness. Community Building workshop with Peter Block and Symphonia for South Africa. Tags: Events peter block Workshops

Introduction to Unblock Writer’s Block

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

“Writer’s block is a phony, made up, BS excuse for not doing your work.” Introduction to Unblock Writer’s Block: How to face it, deal with it and overcome it [link]. There is no such thing as writer’s block. I know that there is no such thing as writer’s block because I have a dog. If the weather is not fair, I have what might be described as walker’s block. In short, we have a dog and I no longer have walker’s block.

3 Things That Might Be Blocking Your Next Flashpoint

Speaker Launcher

The post 3 Things That Might Be Blocking Your Next Flashpoint appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Most Recent Post Speaking Profession achievements blocks business goals flash point flashpoint goals growing your business growing your speaking business motivation speaker speaker goals speaking successHave you heard of flashpoints before? We use this term in The Wealthy Speaker 2.0 to indicate when a speaker has hit a new level of success.

Introduction to Unblock Writer’s Block: How to face it, deal with it and overcome it

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Introduction to Unblock Writer’s Block: How to face it, deal with it and overcome it – with over 70 writing exercises to get you started and keep you writing. There is no such thing as writer’s block. I know that there is no such thing as writer’s block because I have a dog. If the weather is not fair, I have what might be described as walker’s block. In short, we have a dog and I no longer have walker’s block.

Arby’s Blocks Customers’ Criticisms on Twitter

TJ Walker Interactive

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Mental block

Speak Schmeak

I'm working on my newsletter today, and I thought I'd leave you a quote on how I feel when I can't think of anything to write for Speak Schmeak: "There's only two songs in me and I just wrote the third Don't know where I got the inspiration or how I wrote the words Spent my whole life just digging up my music's shallow grave For the two songs in me and the third one I just made" ~ "Number Three" by They Might Be Giants [link].

Unblock Writer’s Block – Introduction

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Excerpt from Unblock Writer’s Block. There is no such thing as writer’s block. I know that there is no such thing as writer’s block because I have a dog. If the weather is not fair, I have what might be described as walker’s block. In short, we have a dog and I no longer have walker’s block. The same principle applies to writer’s block. You might think you have writer’s block. Excerpt from Unblock Writer’s Block

Shatter Your Writer's Block Pt I: Speechwriting in Reverse

Speak and Deliver

Shatter your writer''s block so you can Speak.& Off-the-Cuff Practice Run-On Sentences Speech Recording Spontaneity Toastmasters Transcription Writer''s Block I don''t know what to write! You''ll have to Google James Caan/Misery to find out what he''s actually typing. A common malady among writers, it is a shared obstacle between writers of prose and writers of oratory.

Are your shortcuts actually blocking communication?

Speak Schmeak

A friend of mine contacted me the other day, perplexed about a message she had received from a representative of one of her local Toastmasters clubs. She's been thinking of joining a club and had been looking around on the Web for one near her. The one she found had eligibility requirements not stated on the website, so she e-mailed them for more information. Here's what she said to me: ".I

Are your shortcuts actually blocking communication?

Speak Schmeak

A friend of mine contacted me the other day, perplexed about a message she had received from a representative of one of her local Toastmasters clubs. She's been thinking of joining a club and had been looking around on the Web for one near her. The one she found had eligibility requirements not stated on the website, so she e-mailed them for more information. Here's what she said to me: ".I

Relevant Resources: To conquor your creative block

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I help edit SPEAKER Magazine for the National Speakers Association (NSA). Each month I curate the Relevant Resources column – a list of time-saving tools and technologies. The May 2012 edition suggests resources to stimulate your creative juices. Creativity and fresh ideas are essential to the success of any professional speaker, and even naturally creative [.].

Mobile Users Around World Increasingly Blocking Ads

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Around the world more and more of us are blocking ads on our smartphones. In The New York Times , Mark Scott reports: " one in five smartphone users, or almost 420 million people worldwide [are] blocking advertising when browsing the web on cellphones. " The biggest problem with ad blocking is in emerging nations. Call it Mobile Marketing and Its Discontents. And that is throwing Internet companies such as Google and Facebook into a state of high angst.

Shatter Your Writer's Block Pt II: 7 Quick & Dirty Writing Solutions

Speak and Deliver

A few weeks ago, I wrote about ''Speechwriting in Reverse'' as a solution to Writer''s Block. Once the mind is in motion, it will stay in motion, and your Writer''s Block will fall away before you even realize. Brainstorming Life Story Speechwriting Table Topics Writer''s Block In a nutshell, it means Speak, Record, Transcribe. That doesn''t work for everyone, though, and we don''t always like to have just one solution, so I promised more to come. Here we go: 1.

H&R Block - Smirk (I paid 50 bucks for my tax return at Tax 29)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

H&R Block, once a scaling business and trusted brand, is in trouble. The competition has figured out how to make the fee structure of H&R Block seem, well, nutty. I showed them the 2017 return done by H&R Block, which billed me $440. When it expands nationally - and when more discount preparation services gain traction - H&R Block could become a case study of what went very wrong among professional service providers in the second decade of the 21st century.

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Unfriend on Facebook/Click "Block" on Email and Smartphone

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Or, if the rascals had had  our gmail address or cell number, we can block those.  Unfriend, along with being blocked, delivers an unambiguous message. "Do that and you're running away from yourself, again." " That was the comment made on Facebook by an acquaintance from another life (Connecticut 2003 to 2014). I was quite annoyed that anyone would dare play Freud (how mid 20th century). On a public platform.

Writer’s block can be a good thing

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

According to Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Pay it Forward (made into a marvelous, moving movie with Kevin Spacey) and a number of other books, calling what seems like writer’s block a “block” is a misnomer. She doesn’t deny that writers might struggle at times, but this can be a good thing, she says. “I [.]. Freelance Writing - General

Gmail's Block/Delete - No Need to Talk About "It" Any More

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Then Gmail, with its block/delete features, became the communications system many professionals use. We press "block."   Admittedly, after finding themselves blocked on Gmail, they might try another way to contact.   But with the caller ID and the blocking features on iPhone, usually they will not get through on the first try. LinkedIn also has adequate blocking devices. 

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Getting Hands-on Hang of Design Fundamentals w Lego Blocks - Toledo Museum of Art

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Under each is a bin of Lego blocks. All that is requested is to leave the Lego blocks back in the bin when finished with the DIY art tutorial. There's a frame. That's the first lesson on creating art: There's a deliberate organization of material. And, anyone who wanders into the lower level of the Toledo Museum of Art can learn that. There is no charge for admission. Nestled in the educational alcove, free to experiment with, are a number of frames attached to the wall.

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Women in the Workplace - McKinsey 2019 Report Presents Surprising Finding on What's Blocking Movin' on Up

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For five years McKinsey & Company, along with LeanIn.org, had been researching gender parity in the workplace. In the 2019 report there is a finding that shifts attention from the "glass ceiling" to what the study labels the "broken rung." " Here is a copy of that research. Yes, there has been progress at the top. The number of women in the C-Suite has risen from 17% to 21%. 

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What's blocking your path? Part 1

Speak Schmeak

Assumptions are "The 'I-have-been-there-done-it-before-so why-do-it-again' block." This post was getting long, so I split it in two and will post Part 2 tomorrow. Yesterday, during a talk by Life Mastery Coach Niels Johnson-Lameijer , (I'll have a website for you soon.) , I heard an acronym that is used by life coaches to help their clients determine what is keeping them from moving forward in their lives. I find it equally applicable to public speaking: GAIL.

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Podcast: Building Blocks of Your First Speech

Communication Steroids

Skip to content Follow: RSS Twitter Home About Contact Us Current Programs Inner Circle Newsletter Products 20 Presentation Skills That Kill: Audio CDSeminar Social Media and Public Relations: Audio Task Oriented Teams: Audio CDSeminar What We Do Podcast: Building Blocks of Your First Speech by Tim 'Gonzo' Gordon on March 15, 2011 If you’ve been called on to give your first speech, what do you do?

Public Speaking - Block off the Sound Area

Great Public Speaking

[link] Tom Antion goes into detail on how and why you should block off the sound area from people bumping the equipment

Facebook - No longer can we laptop users block ads

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There's that old adage:  There is no free lunch. That will apply to us laptop users who access Facebook. It has decided that if we are using ad blockers on that free service, it will enable its advertisers to bypass that technology. Sure, the majority of Facebook's revenue comes from mobile ads. But, as Recode reports, in just the last quarter, about $1 billion came from desktop. 

What's blocking your path? Part 2

Speak Schmeak

Read Part 1 here. The acronym GAIL (Gremlins, Assumptions, Interpretations, Limiting beliefs, to refresh your memory) reminded me of a post I wrote last year about holding yourself back. We often fantasize about doing something, but never actually do it because of GAIL. At the time of that post, I had been fantasizing for years about getting back into throwing discus, a sport I competed in during my last two years of high school.

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I?ntroduction to Unblock Writer’s Block: How to face it, deal with it and overcome it

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Introduction to Unblock Writer’s Block: How to face it, deal with it and overcome it – with over 70 writing exercises to get you started and keep you writing. There is no such thing as writer’s block. I know that there is no such thing as writer’s block because I have a dog. If the weather is not fair, I have what might be described as walker’s block. In short, we have a dog and I no longer have walker’s block.

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Top Three Speakers' Road Blocks

Speaking Of...

Steer clear of the road blocks, set your own path, and you will succeed. Perfectionism Procrastination Lack of Support These were listed as the top three road blacks to a writer's success. I was fascinated as I listened to the workshop leader explain why. I thought, wow--don't these terms apply equally well to speakers? My answer is YES. Are you waiting for the perfect topic, time, speaking fee, or whatever variable you think is most important, before you actually go out and speak more?

Pivot from Oprah-Era "Let's Talk" to Just Blocking Former Friend/Lover on Smartphones

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Now, with the smartphone, every human being has the option of simply blocking The Other out of our lives. Being blocked screams a message to The Other: Nonono, I don't want you in my life. Remember the Oprah era. Back then we were instructed to "talk about it." " If there was a conflict in the relationship, we obeyed Oprah and shared our feelings with The Other. Of course that usually created more emotional turmoil. And what bugged us never did get resolved.

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Drudge Report - "The Godfather" Type Feuds among GOP, Not Trumpism, Blocking Movement on Heathcare Coverage

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"The Godfather" plays out the horror of feuds. That darkness goes way back to the beginning of mankind. Cain had a beef with brother Able. Like Fredo in "The Godfather," Able got whacked. As Drudge Report hammers, such darkness hovers over any movement on healthcare coverage. In the U.S. Senate GOPers just can't get along. For example, bill drafter Pat Roberts hasn't even spoken to Jerry Moran about his non-support of the bill versions.

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Talent Unleashed - Would Middle-Class Background Have Blocked Joaquin, River Phoenix

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Is a traditional middle-class background an obstacle for nurturing talent? Suppose Joaquin and River Phoenix had been reared in Stamford, Connecticut. They might have been in a box of schooling oriented toward college, soccer practice, summer camp to enhance some skill, and their parents' sustained guidance about a career path. All that might have provided a talent-blocker.

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Create your own deadlines and get writing

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

From Unblock Writer’s Block: How to face it, deal with it and overcome it – with over 70 writing exercises to get you started and keep you writing. Plus, once it’s out, I will be able to conduct workshops on overcoming writer’s block and will be able to sell a few copies at the workshops. Some writers call their procrastination writer’s block. View introduction to Unblock Writer''s Block ].

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The first draft of anything is not so good

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

From Unblock Writer’s Block: How to face it, deal with it and overcome it – with over 70 writing exercises to get you started and keep you writing. So you don’t have writer’s block if your writing isn’t as good as you want it to be or if it is not flowing smoothly and eloquently. And if you stop writing because your first drafts are not perfect, you inflict writer’s block upon yourself. Are you willing to do the work required to break through the block?

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Even Carson McCullers Got Writer's Block: And, she was friend of Gypsy Rose Lee

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When Carson McCullers, author of "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," was working on "The Member of the Wedding" she got a classic case of writer's block.    The harder she tried to mesh plot and character the less her creativity was accessible to her. Then, as it happens, there she was walking down the street with Gypsy Rose Lee to watch a fire and it dawns on her that 12-year-old misfit Frankie is in love with her brother and his bride. 

Pain Points & Taxes: How Brand H&R Block Addresses All of 'Em

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  If you're a tax-preparer like H&R Block , then where the customer hurts is clear:  in the pocketbook.    In all its attributes, H&R Block does that branding just right, or at least at its East Haven, Connecticut Office.    The next right thing H&R Block does right at this branch, headed up by Bob Scott, is immediately give the information you submit a quick look-over.  Some

Jon Stewart Rips Hypocrisy Of GOP Senators Who Blocked Veterans’ Benefits Bill – Mediaite

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized bill gop jon stewart mediaite Senators Veterans' Benefits

Ukraine Parliament: Democracy and Discourse Must Defeat Violence

Matt Eventoff

. Ukraine has been independent for less than two decades. MTV is ten years older than Ukraine’s independence. If you are of drinking age, you were born before Ukraine was independent. . The violence that took place on the floor in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine yesterday sends a terrible message to the world. The Rada is Ukraine’s parliament , and yesterday a fight broke out on the floor. There are 450 members of the Rada, and six were hospitalized yesterday.

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King & Spalding Law Firm To Block Employees' Personal E-Mail: Efficiency down the drain

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Let's face it.    What gets us through the work day, even when we love our jobs and contract assignments, is checking our personal email. This  This is especially the case when there's a national tragedy like yesterday's at the Boston Marathon or when we are in the midst of a new romance or waiting for news of the birth in the family. 

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I turned on all the lights & still I was euphoric about H&R Block

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Now he was managing a branch of H&R Block in East Haven, Connecticut.    He told me that he would, with no obligation, provide me with an estimate of what I might owe the federal and the state and a ballpark number about what H&R Block would charge for the service. When I entered the H&R Block office I burst out with. Chamber of Commerce: Invite H&R Block to provide a workshop on customer service.  "Are you sure?"

McGraw-Hill: First BW on block for a buck, then 550 jobs cut

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  McGraw-Hill first put its one-time flagship title BUSINESS WEEK on the block for a buck.  Manhattan's media scene could be right out of Cuba when nothing worked and nothing was going to work.    Digital has been around for about 13 years.    Why didn't the powers-that-be adapt?    Well, they didn't.    Then it cut 550 jobs or 2.8% of its workforce, reports  Rachel Kaufman in MEDIABISTRO.COM.