Category Archives: Career

Minnesota Sporting Journal

I’m anxiously awaiting the delivery of the newest “Minnesota Sporting Journal” issue. Before you see my excited gob holding up the hard-copy (since, no doubt, I will take photos), check out the winter issue here. It just became available to read online.

My article’s on page 13.

🙂

Day 104: Speaker Showcase

Today I went to MSAE’s Speaker Showcase event. And by went, I mean physically. My coherent, social self was left behind, rocking back and forth in a dark corner.

I wasn’t feeling well this morning, but I thought that maybe I was touched with exhaustion (waitressing during the day) and paranoia (since everyone at the parent’s house has been getting sick).

So I got up early and still went.

The venue was filled with delicious looking food, and great people to introduce myself to, but I was pretty lethargic, uncomfortable, and quiet throughout the entire thing. After a few bites of food my stomach would make threats or, my head would get dizzy. So, I didn’t really eat (and there was so much FOOD). Ugh.

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Day 98: Learned About Engaging Your Audience (WIN Breakfast)

This morning I went to a WIN breakfast entitled: “Engaging Your Audience For Maximum Impact.” It was led by Sheri Bennefeld, and she did a WONDERFUL job.

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She explained the success rates of various speech/presentation delivery methods.

Here are some figures:

A lecture has a 5% retention rate (24 hours after session)

Reading– 10%

Audiovisual–20%

Demonstration–30%

Discussion Group–50%

Practice By Doing–75%

Teaching Others–90%

Immediate Use–90%

and engagement= storytelling!

Remember for your presentation to provide/prioritize what is:

1. NEED TO KNOW (What needs to be delivered)

2. NICE TO KNOW (If you have time)

3. WHERE TO GO (The references/resources for more information)

Thanks Sheri! I’m going to use this information when I’m presenting next week–wish me luck!

Day 91: Planned, Prepared, Pushed

Today I planned, prepared, and pushed.

I planned my future book-writing routine, and bought a giant calendar (30 minutes a day deserves a red “x” baby!).

I prepared for future financial shtuff (applied for another dog-walking job).

And I pushed myself (emailed the magazine “American Hunter,” for possible writing opportunities).

Hmm. Not bad.

And now I need to write my book so I can fill this baby up!

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Err…April that is.

 

 

Day 89: Procrastinated

So, the deadline for my “Minnesota Sporting Journal” article is tomorrow.

I woke up late, putzed around, lost my cat, found my cat, ate a crap ton of oreos, and wrote approximately 500 sloppy first-draft words–yikes.

I don’t get it.

I always do this.

Whelp, guess who’s waking up early tomorrow?

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On a positive note, I made a donation to my friend Brooke’s “Bike MS” campaign. All size donations help (there’s a button to put in your own amount on her page).

Day 80: Attended Good Leadership Breakfast

This morning I attended the Good Leadership Breakfast.

It was early.

I forgot my “awake medicine” in the car, and was beyond tired. I can’t believe I took so long to get to a sleep expert (and get diagnosed with a sleep disorder).

Anyways, the highlight of the event was toward the end. Everybody was encouraged to put a donation in a bucket in the middle of the table (my boss spotted me some bucks), along with a business card. Then, they counted the money, grabbed one of the business cards, and called that person to the front of the room. She then got to choose what organization the money went to.

The donation amount was in the thousands.

I can’t remember how much, or to what charity it went.

I was sleepy remember?

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