Newsletter of the Society for Technical Communication, San Francisco Chapter
A motivating time was had by all at the May 19 San Francisco Chapter STC meeting, downstairs at the London Wine Bar. For those who haven't attended recently, the monthly gatherings are a chance for snacking, chatting, complaining, STC gossip, handing out resumes and sharing tips about contacts or jobs, as well as hearing presentations. The irrepressible Howard Miller, who evolved some time ago from instructor/designer and application designer to Business Coach, delivered the evening's presentation: Stay Motivated and Thrive!
The presentation began with the question: what motivates us? Money, we guessed. Miller pulled out his wallet, reached into it, and held out some bills. "Do you want this? Come. Take it." Nobody moved for some time. "Why not?" he asked. Other motivators must be at work. Miller and the audience came up with:
Any of these motivators can move us forward or hold us back, Miller stressed, depending on how we handle them. Next, Miller asked what obstacles keep us from our goals. The audience called out:
That last one got a laugh, but Miller said, "Be realistic. Find out whether you're a morning person or an evening person, and use that time to do your best work." He listed many more stumbling blocks, from fear of failure and an equally paralyzing fear of success, through sense of inferiority or superiority, to discomfort with confrontation and defensiveness. All, he pointed out, are conditions inside our own minds.
What are the solutions? Be proactive, he urged. Determine:
Then take the first step, and make the outcome a habit. Don't be discouraged if you fail to follow through consistently; if you make a calendar and don't look at it for a week, that's still a week sooner than you would have if you never made the calendar at all.
Four audience members boldly volunteered to share some elusive personal goals. The audience divided into groups to help them take steps toward:
The PowerPoint slides for this presentation are on the San Francisco Chapter STC web site at www.stc-sf.org/docs/stay-motivated-thrive.ppt.
Sara Greenwald is technical writer in the Bay Area.
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