First 50 Days
Day 13: Jesus at 9a, Front of House at 2:30p (Feb 21)Written by Matt Elwell, CPLP
B: Finally, I got a chance to sit down with our awesome Front of House Staff. These are the unsung heroes of the theater. They're the ones who take your tickets, get you seated, serve you drinks, and pick up the bathrooms after you throw your spent paper towels on the floor. (Hey, why do you do that, anyway? Yeah, I'm looking at you, towel-thrower!)
Benjamin, our General Manager was in the meeting. So, it wasn't a "skip-level" meeting. I'm not sure how I feel about those. It seems weird to say, "okay, I'm going to talk to your staff without you, but after that I'll be building a culture of trust. No, trust me. The moment we get done badtalking you behind your back, we'll be on track to do some serious teambuilding!"
C: Had to throw in a shout-out to our training center. I didn't make it out to our back-to-back student shows, but I heard they were awesome.
D: Up to one in the morning auditing competitors' websites. The more sites I look at the more I realize it's all about telling stories, y'all. I'm beginning to sound like broken record, or ummm... mp3?
Day 12: Movie Night (Feb 20)Written by Matt Elwell, CPLP
This was my day off. Time with the wife included watching District 9 and Inglorious Basterds. (Spoiler alert: if you combine the two movies, Hitler gets killed by a prawn. Ahmjusssayin'.)
Day 11: Non-starter. (Feb 19)Written by Matt Elwell, CPLP
Ack. My car won't start. I had signed up for an event in Lake Forest through the Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. (The CPLP after my name stands for "Certified Professional for Learning and Performance" and I received it through ASTD.) Anyway, this was part of the "cognitive learning strategies" professional development network, so I'm really bummed I missed it.
I've been wanting to learn more about cognitive sciences ever since I earned that that was Thiagi's background. Thiagi is a learning guy with ASTD and ISPI and also someone who has presented at Applied Improvisation Network conferences. (Applied Improvisation is a common term for using improv training to achieve other ends, like learning and development in corporate environments.)
If you're, perchance, also someone who does this kind of work, here's a network you should be on.
Don't forget to say hi!
Day 10: "That guy's always got a story." (Feb 18)Written by Matt Elwell, CPLP
I'm continuing to work on how our organization can better tell its story of entertainment and corporate services. One of the constant refrains I come back to is "funny is just the beginning." You know? We can make you laugh, but we do so much more: corporate training, events marketing, blah blah blah. (Oh yeah, we blah with the best of them.) But that's just a slogan, not a story. What's our central story? and what are all the other stories we tell around it?
So, I went to my favorite life coach, Google. In my hunt, I came across Lori Silverman. Here's her site:
She's all about how companies can tell effective stories, and now the moment I clear through the books I have on my shelf, I'm downloading her book! In the meantime, I found this video of her online. Perfect intro to storytelling, IMHO:
Okay, last link: if you really want to lose an hour flipping through all the different ways professionals apply storytelling to business, here's a great e-book.