I had a wonderful conversation with EO South Africa member and RadEO Podcast host Ross Drakes (along with the great Rich Mulholland) a few weeks back after the EO Global Leadership Academy in Washington.
About this Episode: In this episode of RadEO, Ross talks to Conor Neill, the president of Vistage Spain. They talk about how you are a vehicle for a project and one should realise your own potential and purpose. Finding meaning in suffering can help in not losing sight of your full strength. Conor gives his 3 top ways to communicating effectively and understanding others around you by asking them what fulfilment looks like. We are all encouraged by enthusiasm, and Conor suggests putting enthusiasm into everything we do.
Podcast Show Summary of our Conversation
00:44 – Conor’s elevator pitch
09:38 – Unlocking your own potential and realising your purpose
13:20 – Finding meaning in suffering
20:21 – Not losing sight of your full strength and potential
22:05 – Communicating effectively
26:05 – We are encouraged by other’s enthusiasm
32:50 – Nothing worthwhile is within your comfort zone
35:00 – When your core is clear you’re not seeking after the opinions of others
37:13 – Ask people around who want they need to be fulfilled
40:20 – Sometimes it’s easy for us to give to others, what’s easy for us to give
43:40 – Allow your intuition to tell you what are the things that are important to you
Nothing brings more opportunity into your life than speaking well in public.
I have been teaching for 16 years on many leadership programs at IESE Business School. Today I’m sharing a playlist of a series of videos that we put together as an introduction for participants of future courses.
There are 10 videos in the full playlist with a total duration of about 60 minutes.
I’ve had a few people asking me for specific details on the kit I use to make videos for my YouTube Channel. The most basic videos, I make with my iPhone 7. Enter photo app, selfie mode, hit video and talk. My friend Seb Lora has over 220K youtube subscribers and does most of his non-studio videos with his iphone.
Camera: My main camera is the Canon G7X Mark II. There is a big vlogging decision to make between DSLR or “Mirrorless” camera. DSLR are bigger, heavier but get a better image (especially depth of field – those crisp foreground images with blurrer background). “Mirrorless” such as the G7X are lighter and easier to carry around with you. My decision was to go with the camera that is easier to carry.
Audio: For YouTube vlogging, I was surprised to discover early on that poor sound is more damaging to your video content than poor image quality. People can cope with low quality video, but they really hate low quality sound.
Video Editing Software: I use Final Cut Pro on the Mac to do my video editing. I used iMovie before, but found myself quite restricted in terms of what I could do with multiple cameras and audio tracks.
Conor’s Vlogging Kit in Detail
Here’s a full list of all the bits and pieces that make up my vlogging kit. Here’s the full list as an Amazon.com wish list: Conor’s Vlogging Kit.
It’s a “first world problem”. Flight delays. When air travel works, I love travelling as a speaker and teacher. When there are delays… I start to reconsider how much it should be worth to leave my comfortable home city of Barcelona.
What to do when your flight is delayed?
Step 1: be grateful that I am travelling alone, and not with my kids.
Step 2: buy some food before the shops in the airport close and I am left starving.
Step 3: hope that the connection in Madrid waits for us.
Step 4: start writing…
Here’s one ugly looking departures screen at Barcelona airport this evening. There’s some storm hitting Portugal at the moment.
What I do when I am waiting? I write blog posts, I update my IESE technical notes, I add thoughts and ideas to my journal.
I’m sitting here for the next 2 hours… so hit me with your comments and let me know how you handle flight delays?
If Life is hard, it is especially challenging for rugged individualists.
Rugged individualism, derived from “individualism”, is a term that indicates the virtuous ideal where an individual is totally self-reliant and independent from outside assistance.
I was a proud rugged individualist through school, into my first corporate job, and into my first 2 entrepreneurial ventures.
In 2006 I came across Entrepreneurs Organisation (or better, they came across me…) and I began to change. I learnt that you can make much wiser decisions when you allow others to guide you with their experiences and their questions.
I have had many mentors in these last 12 years. I have been asked to be the mentor to others. I feel underprepared to be a mentor. David Cohen, founder of TechStars, wrote about the lessons he has learnt over 11 years of day to day experience in identifying great mentors for the entrepreneurs that form part of TechStars.
We can survive for 75 years… but what is a good use of those years? The good life is choosing to go beyond mere survival. The good life is a daily intentional choice to flourish. We can develop the best of our strengths and bring the worst of our weaknesses under disciplined control.
The ABC’s of a Fulfilling Life
The ABCs of living the Good Life:
Action towards your strongest values (Productivity) make progress towards important things; Eisenhower’s matrix
Belief. Give your life away… chosen sacrifice-Sense of purpose (contribution, give your life away… can’t “save” your hours, must invest). The test of value: you get paid. Paid doesn’t guarantee value, but free is idealistic… and idealists will kill us all.
Curiosity – Life long learning (always curious, painful feedback) be better today than yesterday, be better tomorrow than today
Discipline over your poorer habits
Energy. Health (Imagine you had 1 car all your life… how would you take care of it? that is your body…)
Friends (top 20… when was last you spoke?) inner circle… better a shack with someone who loves you than a mansion with those that use you