Archives for category: Leading

From our conversation on November 7th, Fastgirls came up with the following insights in how to lead a great workshop or seminar.  Feel free to add via comments.

• Being engaged or in action on site
• Something tangible to take away (White Pages, resource page, product)
• Skill(set) learned
• Requesting that connections are made
• Encouraging someone stepping out of their comfort zone for behavioral workshops/seminars
• Make material relevant and ability to shift gears if not
• Tone that is set to make participants feel free and comfortable
• Facilitator is prepared and delivery is dynamic
• Storytelling or anecdotes that are relevant to the subject matter and develops trust
• Games that engage participants
• Facilitator qualifies themselves early in workshop/seminar
• Facilitator displays their humanity beyond the information being shared; authenticity (humor, truth-telling)
• Gracefully redirect misguided/off-topic conversation
• Visual displays to help participants retain information
• Awareness of your verbal tics; being transparent if managing a topic or question you don’t have an answer for
• Have a number of cultural anecdotes, etc to address multiple audiences
• Look your best; don’t allow your appearance to distract from your leading
• Offering references, facts, statistics


Click HERE to listen to podcast from Guru Blueprint Blog above to listen in to Eben Pagan and Joe Feben.

Or watch Eben talk about how turn information into high value products.

Brendon Burchard Presents Experts AcademyMillionaire Training for the New Class of Experts: Authors, Speakers, Coaches, Seminar Leaders, & Online Information Marketers

8 Things Millionaire Experts Should Do (And So Should You)

I personally believe that ANYONE can start from scratch and build a highly lucrative “expert empire” through books, speeches, seminars, coaching, and online programs. YOU can teach your topic and your message to the world. If I could go from bankruptcy to $4.6 million in 24 months then who knows what others can do. (I WISH I had the training you’ll receive in this video series when I began!) It’s time for you to get your message out and help other people improve their lives or their businesses. So start immediately by doing the 8 things below.

1. Choose mastery; master a topic
2. Study their subject and interview other experts, intensely looking for new patterns and best practices
3. Create arguments on what to pay attention to, what things mean, how they work, and how things might turn out
4. Simplify complex ideas by building frameworks
5. Write, speak, record, package your knowledge
6. Campaign (not promote) their expertise (touch people multiple times; need to see something 7x)
7.  Charge expert fees (MORE than you would think)
8. Focus on distinction, excellence, and service

Watch the video in its entirety HERE.

The stories we tell literally make the world. If you want to change the world, change your story.

At its essence, people don’t buy your product, service, or solution, they buy the story that’s attached to it. Perception is king. If you can learn to tell a story that others identify as their own, the need to convince, persuade, or sell anything disappears. That’s the art of getting others to believe in your story. Stop trying so hard, and just tell a story worth telling.

Storytelling is about relationships.

Our world is evolving in quantum leaps. We need new ways of making sense and meaning.

Narrative just happens to be how we’re hard-wired. Social media now means that everybody is a storyteller. There’s a new level of discernment along with suspicion for the stories we’re being told. Because we have the power to produce and create our own stories. This fundamental shift is a driving force remaking the rules of branding, marketing, fundraising, sales, and persuasion.

Now just imagine a world where every leader of every organization actually spoke the language of narrative! We’d have organizations that could fulfill their true promise of creating value and meaning in our lives. Of course, that’s what most organizations truly want.

READ MORE about Get Storied – an education, advisory, & publishing company based in NYC.

DOWNLOAD e-book Believe Me: a Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers and Innovators by Michael Margolis

FIND OUT MORE about Reinvention Summit: World’s First Virtual Conference on Storytelling

TWITTER@getstoried or #bigstory

As the son of an inventor and an artist, Michael always asked the unpopular questions that got him picked-on in school. Being left-handed and color-blind didn’t help with his coordination or fashion sense either.

Michael learned to channel his inner-geek, and as a social entrepreneur, co-founded two Digital Divide nonprofits – before the age of 23. For the past decade, Michael has worked as a business storyteller and pop anthropologist, for many years as the founder and president of his prior consultancy Thirsty-Fish.

In 2009, Michael launched Get Storied — an education, advisory, and publishing company; with a goal to teach the world how to think in narrative. Michael takes the traditional notions of storytelling and re-invents them in the context of branding, innovation, and culture change. His work and ideas have been featured in Fast Company, BrandWeek, PSFK, and Storytelling Magazine, among other places.

His popular book, Believe Me: a Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers and Innovators, quickly turned him into a leading voice in the world of storytelling. Michael also teaches Brand Storytelling as an executive education instructor for the Schulich School of Business. Michael was born in Ohio, grew up in Switzerland & Los Angeles, and now considers New York City home. He eats more chocolate than the average human.