“Don’t just talk about your new future – invent it. Then, go and do it!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
In just under 3 months in, I’ve built an extremely sophisticated home office broadcast studio setup. I’ve got 6 live shows under my belt, three live virtual client engagements, dozens of short video clips. Most important, I’ve got hours and hours and countless hours of experience in delivering high quality, professional content in this new and complex world. I ready for this new future in which most leadership, future and trends insight will be delivered in new and different ways – rather than through conferences, meetings and events.
And I’ve learned so much in the last three months as I’ve reinvented my future that it is stunning to think about the journey.
I’ve learned what it is like to go live, after careful preparation, knowing that I am the stage crew, AV team, production designer, moderator and keynote speaker – and that when I press “Go Live”, it’s all going to come together. I’ve mastered the art of somehow keeping it all intact to deliver a ‘quality show.’
I’ve learned what it is like to make suffer from the stinging criticism of mistakes from some of my earliest efforts, but to use those as a wonderful learning opportunity rather than a devastating setback.
I’ve learned how to deliver my customized insight with the energy that I use to bring to the stage in Las Vegas.
I’ve learned how to develop a storyline that keeps the viewers engaged, entertained and enthralled by deeply powerful content.
I’ve learned that you still can have the unique backstage butterflies that you might have had on occasion in Las Vegas before walking out in front of 5,000 people.
And I’ve learned how to do all this from my broadcast studio in my basement.
I could have sat back and waited for my old world to come back, but I knew that it wouldn’t – and won’t for a long, long time to come. I learned that I had to define, and then master the art, of this new and complex world.
In the old world, some speakers would just ‘phone it in.’ That was the derogatory phrase that some people gave to those who just showed up on stage and delivered a canned performance, delivered without passion, negligent on the content, unimaginative in the relevance. Our new world? There are many who are in a state where they just ‘Zoom it in!’ Simple home office backdrops, scrolling Powerpoints, monotone delivery.
I’m already so far beyond that I’m ready to continue exploring, building and learning!