In my job as a facilitator I have organized quite a number of international meetings, events and conference calls. My experience is that the success of a meeting depends more than 60% on its preparation. A well prepared, and facilitated, meeting most likely will be a successful one. Please find below my 10 steps to facilitate a successful meeting:
In a previous post, two weeks ago, I promised to let you know how my little experiment towards The New York Attitude went, trying to see if there is another side to the New York City rudeness. I'm now back home, after a very good trip over Memorial Day weekend, and can share my experiences with you.
Have you ever wondered why time seems to speed up as we are getting older? Or why time slows down when we are bored or sitting in the dentist chair? And why time seems to expand when we are experiencing new situations in our life, like traveling to a part of the world we have never been before? Steve Taylor gives an answer to these questions in this fascination book.
New York City is one of my favorite cities in the world. I have been there quite a few times now and every time I am amazed at the architecture, liveliness, cultural diversity and the speed at which people move around the city: 24 hours a day. Time seems to move faster here than anywhere else in the world.
Another thing that always amazes me is what they call the New York Attitude. Locals call it a mixture between tough, bravery and being overworked. They want to make it, to succeed in life, whatever it takes (even at the expense of others). To me it is being rude, very rude!
We human beings like to hide as much as possible of our true nature. We try to hide our feelings, our emotions. Our sexuality. What our true intentions are. Our age. How much money we make. What our political opinion or world view is, if it is not in line with that of the majority. I can go on for hours with this list. The truth is that we like to give away as little as possible of our true, authentic self. Afraid that other people find out who truly we are.
If you have not heard of Eckhart Tolle before and would meet him for the first time, your first impression would probably be that of a very ordinary, simple man. You may even find him a bit boring when you hear him speak. But don't judge a book by it's cover as this man is one of the most remarkable (spiritual) teachers of today.
Our current day society is obsessed with negativity. We love to read, or watch TV, about someone else's misfortune. Whether it is a celebrity's marriage going down the drain or yet another war in the Middle East. Have you ever counted all this negativity in newspapers, the internet or on TV news? Let me ask it in another way: What about yourself? How many good things do you notice? Is your main focus on all the bad things happening around you? Or on the good ones, on the happiness in and around you?