Forrest Gump had the ability to make the complex seem simple.
- Life is like a box of chocolates
- Stupid is as stupid does
- A promise is a promise
- Jenny and me was like peas and carrots
In today’s world of infinite choices, urgent deadlines, overflowing email inboxes, constant social media updates, and the morphing of work/life balance – it’s imperative that we all make the complex simple.
- What’s most important?
- What’s urgent but not important?
- What’s noise and what’s music?
I’m fortunate that my brain works to constantly ask questions. I’m consistently sorting, organizing, and re-prioritizing. It’s just the way I’m wired. I can not not do it.
The good news is that when I’m on a conference call with a group of people, I have the ability to listen attentively, sort, organize, not speak, and then finally offer a summary statement.
The good news is that when I’m at a 2- or 3-day conference I have the ability to listen, identify trends, see patterns, and see what’s most important versus what’s background noise. This ability gives me the opportunity to offer a list of takeaways.
This unique skill is why I’m shifting my primary focus from being a keynote speaker to being a conference host. Being the conference host requires that I’m present and engaged during the entire conference. I no longer am willing to simply deliver a keynote presentation and leave.
Being the conference host requires me to listen, sort, separate, and organize. I still deliver a keynote during the conference as one of the event’s main highlights, but it’s not where I generate the most value for my clients. Giving only a keynote presentation doesn’t permit me to do my best work.
Like Forrest Gump, my job is to make the complex simple and move groups forward on their journey of organizational change.
What’s most important?
What’s urgent but not important?
What’s noise and what’s music?
This post was originally published on SpeakingGump.com on May 21, 2015.
It has been updated and edited to appear here on ChangeByGumption.com
Communicator, Forrest Gump lookalike, Strategist
– Brand Ambassador, Change Agent, Speaker, Writer
– Gump-like Messaging, Simplicity, Values
– Big Picture, Bottom Line, Visual Mapping
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