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Take The Lead, Move Forward & Have Fun!

Take The LeadYou’ve got to take the lead if you want to create an epic ambiance for people to have fun and remember.

We humans, have a need for social bonding, it helped us in our early days millions of years ago to be part of a pack and work together as a team.

In order to get people to bond, connected and overcome the barriers of “being strangers”, there has to be a “common goal” and/or something that sets you apart from the crowd.

You’ve got to be that “guy” or that “girl” that no matter where you go, people want to follow you or gravitate around you because they know where ever you are, that’s where the “party’s” going to be at.

But first allow me to situate where this story comes from. I just got back from my vacation on the boat cruise, which was an awesome experience by the way. I went as a solo traveller because it was last minute and I could leave on short notice.

Any ways, here’s an example of what I mean to “take the lead” and how I’ve done it: The first time I saw someone new I introduced myself saying that I was André and I was from Ottawa, then asked them the same. See if you willingly give out this information upfront, more than likely they will return at least the same information or more.

Then I let them know why I’m here at this specific time of the year and ask them why they chose their trip now instead of later. It’s a good way to break the ice, then I moved on, “hey nice meeting you we’ll see you around, I’m going to go check out this, that or whatever”, either you split or offer them to join you. “Hey, I’m actually on my way to go there but if you want you can join me and we can go explore that part of the ship!”

Later on, after all the solo introduced themselves and the reason why they were there; right after I went around and quickly talked to everyone asking them if they were doing scuba diving. Again, this was a reason to approach everyone and again, try to plant the seed in the other’s mind to set myself apart from the rest of the group. Right away people associated me as the “scuba guy” which later changed to the stunt guy.

When there’s a large crowd that you don’t know, everyone’s kind of intimidated to approach anyone but everyone’s stays in their own bubble, you’re not going to get that awesome synergy of the group ambiance. After quickly going around the room once, I started to know who was from around where and sort of what their interests were.

So, I started connecting people with one another: “Hey this person is also from that same area, you guys should talk!” I then walked away and let them talk. This creates new friendship but it also counts as “brownie points” for you as you’re the one who’s put people together in contact.

It’s Important That You Take The Lead As Soon As Possible!

That was all on day one, you’ve got to do this as fast as possible, the sooner people get connected and are no longer strangers, the more fun and a better positive energy will be created.

I talked to the solo host and offer to organize a “Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament” to which she agreed and made some sign-up forms for me. On day 2 and 3 I collected over 55 names of people wanting to participate in my Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament.

Seriously though, think about it, it’s very unique experience that is not a “normal” activity on cruise ships, so again, this gave me a “reason” to go talk to people, get to know more of them, etc. On day 4 I hosted the tournament and arranged with the host to get some a prize for the winner.

Again, everything was “winged”, nothing was really planned, people asked me what the prize was, I had no idea but my answer was: “The prize is kept as a surprise!  You’ve got to attend the tournament to find out!” I said that just say something and create some curiosity.

Turns out that 15 people showed up. Not bad considering, there was no “proper structure”, no follow-ups, no confirmation or reminder of the tournament. Keep in mind that people on vacation are easily distracted by all kinds of other entertainment activities, so that’s where the number’s game comes into play.

For the 15 people that did show up, they’ve had an absolute blast! The ripples of the awesome energy and good vibes resonated everywhere, lots people talked about or heard about it. Even the entertainment staffs on the ship heard about it and were giving me props for doing this. The people who missed out, later told me that they wished they were there!

For the rest of the trip I kept on getting positive comments and testimonials from people enjoying their unique experience. Where ever I went, people were either following me or inviting me to join their parties and most importantly, people where just happy to a fun time.

Overall it was an amazing experience, if there’s only one thing I want you to take away from this story is that you’ve got to make your own fun and be happy where ever you go. This is how you’ll create memorable experiences. So go out there, take charge, move forward and take the lead! You’re in full control of what impacts your life whether good or bad so make it count and have fun!

What about you, what other ideas do you have to take the lead?

Animated Clip Art Keeps Your Audience Hooked

Animated Clip ArtAdding animated clip art in your presentations will keep your audience hooked. Let’s face it, nowadays people’s attention span is pretty short.

You constantly have to fight for their attention. In order to do that you have to provide some sort of entertainment or an orchestrated planned visual distraction with the help of moving animations.

I remember when I was putting together my presentation, I wanted something clean, slick and fresh animated clip art, that would be entertaining but not over the top; just enough to keep my audience’s focus on my message.

Going through the Powerpoint clip art section, I didn’t really find what I was looking for. I remembered seeing some animated 3d stick figure clip art in other professional presentation and that was exactly what I needed.

As entrepreneurs our time is precious and for me, I didn’t want to waste it online searching for clip art free downloads that I couldn’t customize. I searched the web for animated clip art for quite a while, then I stumbled on the coolest site ever (well for animated clip art I mean).

It’s called Presentermedia.com. What I like the most about this site is that it’s a one stop shop to get all your professional looking animated clip art needs.

Animated Clip Art

It’s got various sections for the kind of images you want like: 3d figures, business and finance, custom text, educational and school, holiday seasonal events, home and lifestyle, sports and games and finally symbols and signs.

They also offer all kinds of templates, presentation clip arts, video backgrounds and tons more.

Another cool thing about this site is that it easily allows you to customize the color of your stick figure, the color of your background, the shades, the reflections and whether you want a transparent or colored background. This is all done with their customizable online editor.

If you’re looking for animated clip art, this is by far my favorite go to site. Actually it’s the only one I found with animated clip art. I’ve found other site that offered 3d stick figures but none of them were animated.

You can check out the royalty free sites like ShutterStock.com or Fotolia.com to find static 3d stick figure images. Once there you can type in 3d stick figure and see what comes up.

What about you, how can animated clip art improve your presentations? Share your thoughts and comments below.

Leadership Skills On Turbo Mode

Leadership Skills

Leadership skills are important when you’re trying to influence others. You’ve got to demonstrate that you have experience and know exactly where you’re going. In order for people to follow you, you got to have their trust.

An awesome leader serves people, and you must know what qualities go into being a good leader so you can be one. This article provides tips on how to become a great leader so that you can help those around you. You never know what you might learn.

Make sure to effectively communicate the overall vision for your group. Your mission and objectives should be like a compass to you. It is important that you communicate the bigger picture while you help your team see how their roles play a part in the big ideas. It helps build relationships and provides direction. It also lets the team feel important and will make them feel like they belong.

Don’t assume that anybody can read your mind. Communication is important. You should let your team know how you expect a project to be completed. If your team has questions, make sure they know they can always come by and ask for clarification.

Side Note! As much as possible, keep it simple. Focus on things that are most important.

A good way to become a better leader is to be more decisive. You’ll have to make tough choices at times but over time you’ll gain more experience. If your team has a few different opinions about solutions to problems, you’ll need to step up and decide on the best solution that is going to benefit the entire team rather than just a few people.

Next, if your competition is doing anything you don’t approve of or are unethical, you don’t have to follow them, there’s always a way around. You don’t need to be influenced by others if you wish to be successful. You can keep your ethics while still staying competitive.

Know your strength, you got to be aware of what you’re good at and not so good at to make the most of your leadership skills. To be a good leader, lead by example and do what you preach. Remember be humble and grateful for everyone taking apart of your team. Each individual’s contributions are important in the grand scheme of things. There’s no “I” in TEAM.

Make it a priority to always become a better leader by becoming a better person, learn from your mistakes and other people’s mistakes, challenge your weaknesses and make them become your strength.

Leadership Skills

Now go out there and increase your leadership skills up a notch. You can check out my other post/video on mindset and leadership for more information on the subject.

Side Note! Your team members can’t read your mind. Be concise with what you want and how you want it done. Lead by example.

Something else I do to develop my leadership skills is that I read the Success Magazine. Every month, I get my monthly issue with interviews with successful entrepreneurs which are amazing to learn from. It also comes with an audio CD other specific interviews with business owners and other successful people.

Time has come to face reality, it’s now your turn to become a leader and influence people for the greater good.

What steps are you going to take to develop your leadership skills?


Mindset and Leadership For Your Business

Mindset and Leadership Quote by Zig ZiglarMindset and leadership skills are crucial to be successful in any business.  It’s important to first realize that we are bombarded by negative media, news and sometime surrounding therefore it’s easy to get dragged down by this “junk food for the mind”.  After all, it’s so easy, you don’t even have to look for it and it comes for you.

You have to make a daily conscious effort to filter out the bad and focus on the positive and when you know how to do it, it’s not that difficult.  It can be anything, such as great news, being grateful for the things that you already have and/or a regular dose of healthy thoughts can go a long way.  A great site to see cool innovative information on all types of topics is called Ted Talks. Their slogan goes by Ted; Ideas Worth Spreading!

Side Note! A true leader always leads by example and always assumes responsibility whether good or bad.

Essentially it’s a non profit organization that invites the world’s most inspired thinkers from each area of expertise to gives powerful talks (usually 18 minutes or less) from every discipline and culture, from science to global issues.  Their goal is to get amazing positive ideas out there to spark interesting conversation.  The guest speakers bring creative solutions from their life experience and it’s worth seeing.

I like to say it’s like giving your brain a healthy sandwich.  It’s food for your mind and positive food for the mind, is the equivalent of eating a nice healthy meal for your body.

Speaking of healthy sound bites for our mind, one of the Youtube user that has lots of various types of vision board for positive affirmation is the user “HDMindMovies” formerly known as “Iamvibration”.  That user creates awesome mindset and leadership subliminal vision boards with very nice images, words of affirmation with audio.  It’s a way to manifest good things to happen for you in your life.

When it comes to physical contact, we have a saying in martial arts that goes like this: “If you control the head, the body follows!”  The same applies mentally for you; “If you control your mind great things will follow.” Don’t ask me how, it just does.  Ever noticed happy people usually have good things happen to them?

A good mindset and leadership quote that Zig Ziglar said that resonated well with me is: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily”

I find it really summarized what I’ve been thinking, I mean, how to justify that you should listen to positive, motivational information in order to develop your mindset and leadership skills?  Well, without it, our minds get cluttered with all that negativity junk food.  Of course there’s bad things that happens every day but we don’t have to make it become our priority, we have to embrace the power of our choices through smart selection.

Mindset and Leadership Final Thoughts

Remember, to be successful in business, your mindset and leadership skills must be sharp, you need to lead people by example, show them solutions, give them hope to resolve their problems, and in order to accomplish that, your mindset has to be laser sharp and crystal clear.

What about you, what methods do you use to keep your mindset and leadership skills sharp?

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