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What is your Purpose?
We are asked at every Chamber networking event, “So…What do you do?” and every receptionist asks, “Who are you?”
Have we ever done the groundwork to find out the real answers and to reply with certainty and confidence?
In the Zone… What if…?
What if you could not wait for the early morning alarm to ring and you could leap out of bed and rush towards the training room to perform your Calling / Vocation / Best Self Work?
I used to work in Prague with a wonderful young team of Czechs with new business falling from the trees like golden leaves in autumn. I got up at 5AM and was in the office before 6 to get the show on the road. Yes – and it really can be a reality for you too.
It starts with identifying your core characteristics and being objective (this is a challenge if you acquired parent taught cultural modesty, “Who do you think you are?”, “Keep your feet on the ground”, “Don’t get big headed”, “Modesty in all things etc.“
It is time to name and not be ashamed of your strong suites, your core positive attributes and your calling powers. So… What do you possess that is extraordinary?
*An amazing voice
*Wit, charm and an eloquent silver tongue
*Intelligence tempered with empathy
*A niche that is super-relevant today
*Deep technical knowledge
*A dramatic life story to share with others
*Or are you a Linguistic acrobat?
Converting this into your Professional Identity
1, Own it by articulating it frequently with friends, family, delegates, participants, coachees, prospective clients, strangers, colleagues and peers.
– Yes it will be excruciating in the beginning – professional persistence is required.
- Find the answer to this formula – ”I am on the only XXXX that does YYYY.” More difficult than it looks this is the distilled essence of your professional identity.
- Build a Key Note or “Stadium” Speech (we cover this in the webinar.)
Apply Rinse and Repeat
When you identify who you should be working with (See the next post – Ideal Customer) you will own your identity and niche. You will apply your experience effortlessly. Time will fly by. You will experience a floating, flowing connectedness with your training delegates that will amaze you both. This is the evidence of the unedited super you and it is magnificent.
The magic triangle for trainer success looks simple – it connects your Identity with your niche area and the audience you were meant to serve.
It starts with you seeking and defining the amazing you and what you uniquely offer to the world in general and your special chosen audience in particular.
For more ideas on how establish and grow your Independent Trainer Business we invite you to join us for the Independent Trainer Consultative Selling Webinar 3 – GOING FOR GROWTH, on 5th October 2016, 6PM London time, 7PM Paris time. Register now at;
We look forward to seeing you there.
When introducing intercultural aspects of worldview, differing points of view and unique cultural perspectives, it can be useful (and engaging) to talk about our perceptions and the limits of our minds. Here are 3 YouTube film clips that do a great job in provoking discussion, shifting attitudes and opening minds.
A – Perception Card Trick
Thanks to Richard Wiseman for making the film and publishing it on YouTube. It comes in two parts – Stop the film half way through and ask the class what have they noticed? – This is a well made professional film.
B – Perception and Focus Film
Classic Intercultural training film from Daniel J. Simons
Thanks for posting on YouTube Daniel.
You may buy Daniel’s DVD at www.viscog.com
C – Thinking Fast and Slow in fun form
Film showing examples of System 1 and System 2 thinking with some great interactive moments.
The film was put together and posted on YouTube by AsapScience – Thanks
Daniel Kahneman’s wonderful Book, Thinking Fast and Slow is available on Amazon
Here are 6 high energy ice breaker training exercises that will work well for intercultural facilitators wishing to get a group to interact together, explore their communication styles and to promote the process of self-refection.
They are mostly light on equipment and quick to set up (the last one requires a little more effort the first time you prepare it.)
Please feel free to try them out and tell us how you get on…
- Helium Stick – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXI-C4jQXVk
Thanks to The Works Manager for making and showing the film.
Equipment – A tent pole or flip chart sheet rolled up diagonally for maximum length.
- The Ball Game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rva3wRvpS_4
Thanks to Rhema Resource Centre for filming and showing the film.
Equipment – Juggling balls, Stopwatch.
- Potato Icebreaker – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrWVqLzNywA
Thanks to Anna Sabramowicz for the demonstration and talking us through the debrief.
Equipment – Potatoes and strong drinking straws.
Originator; Ken Bellemare http://www.kenbellemare.com/
- Blindfold Team Pen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eajjqotwsF4
Equipment – Blindfolds, Marker Pen, Duct Tape
Sample instruction – Draw “Unity + a Smiley”
- The Coin Game – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaUzvtleCSU
Thanks to Rob Jackson at Magnovo for the talk through.
Equipment – Handful of coins handed out – one to each participant.
- Human Bingo / Diversity Bingo / Get to know you Bingo
Thanks to Paul Holdsworth – English for Asia for making and showing the film.
Equipment – 1 A4 sheet per participant with 4 X 4 box table containing questions.
Debrief – Here the facilitator can illicit observations, thoughts and feelings from the participants.
Fun – Who enjoyed the exercise? What was enjoyable? What appealed to you most? Were there any surprises? Who did NOT enjoy it? What were the negative aspects of this game for you?
Process – What was this exercise about? What do you think the inventor was trying to achieve? How did you do it? What was the biggest obstacle? How did you overcome the biggest obstacle? What helped you to succeed? What released the energy for you.
Motivation – What did you feel at the beginning? What was the low point of the exercise for you? Do you feel you have achieved something? Would you like to do this again? Do you know anyone who would like to do this exercise? And Why?
Reflection – People approach this task in different ways – Why do you think you did it the way that you did it? Did other participants do it a different way? Why did they do it that way? What part did diversity / culture play in your different approaches?
We wish you well in trying out these icebreakers. Good luck and do feel free to share your results and stories.