Sunday, 27 April 2008

Career advice

This blog is somewhat derivative at the moment (!) but we are so busy here at Bloom it's not true. I read this on the Presentation Zen blog (again!) and it summarises pretty muchy everything I believe in in terms of careers. Mind you, none of the ideas are new, so all in all this is a derivative post about derivative (if very cool) information....

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Right brain left brain (2)

An amazing talk by Dr Jill Bolte Taylor sheds more light on the right brain / left brain distinction. The right hemisphere, the parallel processor, and the left, the serial processor, process information differently and even have different personalities.

Information streams in and shows what this present moments looks, feels and sounds like. I am an 'energy being' connected to everything else through my right hemishphere. Meanwhile, my left hemisphere is thinking linearly about the past and future. It picks out details, categorises them and projects into the future. It thinks in language and distinguishes 'me' from everything else.

It seems to me there is huge overlap here with Bloom's research into meaning. Meaning is about comprehension (how we understand ourselves and the world) and purpose (how we interact with the world). Could the experience of meaning literally be the connection of brain waves between the left hemisphere (comprehension) and the right hemisphere (purpose)?

Either way, this is an amazing presentation on any level for anyone interested in the brain (or indeed presentations).

Thursday, 17 April 2008


As usual Seth Godin makes a similar point, but much more powerfully than I managed to...enjoy.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

The Apprentice....and legacy

Watched The Apprentice tonight - utterly addictive as usual. This episode was remarkable for the fact that a truly impressive man got fired, Simon Smith. Yes, he was brash at the beginning and yes he lost control. But this was a man who can be proud of his legacy on the programme. Here was a man who knew his strengths and limitations and played to them. He was honest. He tried to win. And virtually no one else can say the same.

Seriously, don't people care about their own integrity?

Nearly everyone else who spoke on the show lied openly. Nearly everyone who spoke played politics and spent most of the time maneouvering for position in the hope that if their team lost, they could shift the blame.

Do people care only about winning at all costs?

Tom Peters talks about the idea of legacy. Not for a life, a career or even 15 minutes of fame on a reality TV show. He talks about the legacy of today.

So what will today's legacy be for you?

Sunday, 13 April 2008


Went to a wedding of a really great friend yesterday, who I first met when doing Faking It. My friend looked really beautiful, and it was noticeable how everyone responded to her. She is universally loved. I know the Groom less well, but he always seemed a really good guy too. It was a brilliant day, including a trip on a big red Routemaster, a moving ceremony and a brilliant speech by the Groom.

It reminded me why speeches and presentations are so important. He stood up and firstly thanked everyone for being there. Sincerely.

Then he thanked the people who had organised the day, the most important of whom was the Bride herself. It's strange how different 'thank you' sounds when it is so sincere.

Then he turned and spoke directly to his Mum, said how much he appreciated everything she had done for him, even though 'he must have been a nightmare' growing up. By now there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

Finally, and without artifice, he thanked his best man and talked about how much he enjoyed their friendship and ended it all with a hug.

There is nothing I can type which will communicate why it was a great speech. But it was simple, and clearly from the heart. He remained in control of his emotions, though the audience pretty much dissolved.

None of it was too much, none of it was too little. It was a shaft of light which illuminated the person my friend was marrying. It allowed everyone present to feel included in the day by making private feelings public. That sense of inclusion is what the audience responded to so powerfully. Presentation, like meaning, is about connection, and that's what made the speech great.