Ignite It NOW Newsletter
Newsletter #1
December 2010
Welcome to this very first Newsletter from Ignite Insight. I hope to be able to share with you some information of value on a regular basis through this newsletter, so without further ado, here goes.

In This Issue
Discovering your Genius
3 Steps to Igniting your Calling
How to make great presentations
Ignite Insight Website unveiled!
Discovering your Genius
Discover your Genius
Frenetic Life Style

When was the last time you felt the liberated, absolutely carefree joy of singing in the bathroom? or the pure kinesthetic delight of sketching or painting? or flying a kite with abandon? What was the feeling? Why are you not able to feel those moments in your present lives?

Your current lives are at such a frenetic pace that you seldom even pause to consider what you are doing and how you are doing it.  Would you be able to say for instance what you had for breakfast this morning? In most cases, you would have just gulped down some liquid (juice presumably), stuffed some food into your mouth (not sure what it was but it was solid) and then ran out of the house to catch a bus, train or even drive off if you happen to have a personal vehicle.  It is apparent that most of the time you are rushing to some place from some other place. There is no room or time for reflection in this mad race to earn a living.

Childhood - The wonder years

Everyone of us is born with certain talents and gifts and creative potential.  During your childhood you gave full expression to this in everything you did. For instance, if you remember back to your childhood days, you will find that you indulged in so many activities like sport, games, sketching, painting, singing, listening to music, and so on and many of them simultaneously.  You also found that you were able to learn new hobbies, activities and skills effortlessly.  You participated in these hobbies and activities with all your energy and more importantly with a carefree attitude. Nothing much bothered you, you were afraid of nothing and stress was non existent. These were your most creative moments, times, years. 

What then happened since those beautiful childhood years? Is it that you now do not possess those gifts, talents anymore?

It may console you to know that you definitely have not lost those gifts, talents, you have just stopped using them.

Discovering your Genius

Brain research has conclusively proved that every one of us are born with the same level of brain power as, say, Albert Einstein. However, during childhood almost all of us fully gave expression to and exercised our inherent talents and gifts and if we lacked in any area we simply learnt them along the way. The huge difference between that and our current lives is that we have "forgotten" to use most of our talents and gifts and in many instances we have started believing that we "never had those talents and gifts". This negative self talk just made the situation worse and we continued to lose more and more of our natural skills and abilities of childhood until we became pale shadows of our childhood versions.

Well, it is not too late even now. All that is needed is first for us to believe that we are endowed with these talents and gifts.

In the next episode of the Newsletter, we will talk about simple, practical exercises to begin "discovering your Genius."

Three Steps to Igniting your Calling

Do you know what your "calling" in life is? You can consider yourself "blessed" if your job and career coincide with your calling. It is a marriage very few are lucky to have.

Recognizing signs of your calling

What are the signs then that tell you that you are close to your calling?

  • It is about something more than just yourself
  • It makes you happy and fulfilled
  • You are focused on giving to others without any expectation
  • You answer its summons almost without being conscious about it
  • You look forward to it every waking moment in anticipation!

A calling is what fulfills your existence in and indeed the very purpose of being born on this earth.

A calling is something in the nature of your core beliefs that is wired into your thinking and mindset. It is something that ignites passion in you for what you stand for and nourishes the soul.

3 Simple Steps to your calling

Since a calling is something very close to your heart and core beliefs, the following 3 Step Process will help identify that:

On a piece of blank paper, draw a vertical line down the middle;

  • To the left of the vertical line, List 10 items that you "love to do" or "enjoy doing"
  • To the right of the vertical line, List 10 items that you are "good at" or "have an aptitude for"
  • Find the common items from each of the above lists

You often spend a lot of time doing things that interests you and over time many of these become things that you "love to do". When you do those things many times over, you tend to become good at that.

What you are passionate about is thus at the intersection of "what you love to do" and "what you are good at".

Too often you find yourself trapped in work environments and work areas where your interest is just not there. This results in a not only loss of productivity but also a total lack of energy and enthusiasm. Instead of doing some quiet introspection, you tend to slip more and more into the listless way of life.

Take some time out to reflect on where you are headed. If you keep fire fighting all the time, you will never zero in over a long-term, on the energizing and uplifting priorities that will result in finding your calling and leading a meaningful life with internal peace of mind.

How to make great presentations
How to make great presentations
What are hallmarks of a great presentation? How do you make great presentations? Almost everybody makes presentations using the ubiquitous Microsoft Powerpoint.  How then to distinguish yourself from the rest of the crowd?

To begin with, great presentations have nothing to do with the software that is used to make them.  True that the software plays a part in a presentation but it is not the one making a presentation great. What then contributes to a great presentation?

Firstly, a great presentation is one where the presenter connects with his or her audience. Every presentation or for that matter public speaking event has an objective - the sharing of knowledge, ideas and motivations - and that can only be attained if the message gets through to the audience.  How does one then go about connecting with your audiences? One of the certain ways by which a presenter connects with the audience is when he or she is passionate about the message he or she is trying to convey.  That brings us to the second ingredient of a great presentation.

A great presentation is where the passion of the presenter comes through. When a presenter is animated, seems to to be able to resonate with the audience by sheer intensity of the delivery, the presentation is bound to be extraordinary.  Of course, there are elements which are important too like the depth of knowledge that the presenter exhibits, the preparation that he or she definitely shows signs of having done etc., but the main driving engine is passion. Passion can bring a dull, dead subject to life in the hands of a intense presenter.

Thirdly, every great presentation has all the intrinsic elements of storytelling. Storytelling is one the most powerful methods of communication and carrying a message across to audiences.  A deft storyteller can keep audiences in rapt attention for long periods of time.

Fourthly, a great presentation is an interactive event and not a monologue with the presenter talking and the audience listening. Human beings are subject to what is known as span of attention and studies have shown that a presentation of about 45 minutes duration is the maximum one should conduct a session continuously before providing a break. In order to sustain interest of the audience even in this 45 minutes, soliciting participation of the audience and asking questions is critical.

Finally, humor is a powerful glue for keeping audiences alert and participative.  Great presenters always come across with a wonderful sense of humor and make their audiences laugh.  This relaxes the atmosphere and puts the audience at ease. A relaxed audience will then tend to pay attention and absorb the message better.

This by no means is an exhaustive list, however, these points could be considered as indispensable elements of a great presentation.

Use these in your future presentation forays and watch how you win over your audiences.
 Next Issue (see you in January 2011)
  Discovering your Genius Exercises
  Simple exercises to unearth your limitless potential.

  Mind Mapping as a Creativity Tool
  Learn how to produce ideas on demand & become creative.

  Goal Setting Insight to Happiness
  Learn to set goals that produce results and happiness 
Ignite Insight wishes all of you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year 2011.
Feedback on the newsletter is welcome including any suggestions for improvement and may be sent to narasim@ignite-insight.biz

Keep the faith,

S Lakshmi Narasimhan
Ignite Insight

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