Accountability is often perceived as a threatening, uncomfortable and unfriendly word. The thought of it might cause feelings of stress, fear and discomfort.
These negative feelings stem from the accountability narrative that says 'if the task isn't done, you are in trouble'.
However, I want to change the context and narrative of how we understand accountability.
I believe accountability can actually be both encouraging and empowering.
Particularly for creatives, entrepreneurs and freelancers, accountability should be seen as an encouragement. Within the People On A Pursuit community, accountability is outworked as an encouragement.
The narrative is less, 'get on with it or there's trouble'
'I believe you've got this....and this could be transformative for you and your project - Go and get what you so deserve!'
One of our members, Darren Quinnell, holds down a full time job whilst pursuing an ambitious creative writing...
There's nothing worse than a keynote presentation being delivered with little or no sense of personality. It's hard to stay focused on the content, when the delivery is dry, scripted and lacks any enthusiasm.
That said, no one delivers a keynote with the goal of being boring. No one wants an audience to feel disconnected and bored. So what's the cause of this apathetic style of presenting.
We'll come to that in just a moment.
On the flip side though - We feel drawn in by comedians because the premise of comedy is so entwined with who they are as a character, either as themselves or a stage persona. We are hooked from the moment they walk on stage to the moment they leave. Why? Because they have stage presence, because their characteristics are entertaining to observe as an audience.
For many performers, their stage persona has gone through years of tweaking and refining. Some like to give their stage persona a name - I've known...
Over the years of being a professional Comedy Magician, I've had several people ask me for advice on presenting upfront. It's known as one of the UK's most feared activities. It causes many to be pushed right out of their comfort zone and weeks of stress in the lead up to the event.
Whether it's entrepreneurs and business owners required to pitch their products and services, charity CEO's looking to communicate their message and impact, or church pastors who are expected to deliver a transformational sermon, week in, week out. The truth is, many of us have opportunities to speak to an audience, but many either resist it, or don't seek to improve the art of presenting upfront.
Whilst I'm not a typical 'speaker', those who have asked me for advice, recognise that there are lots of transferrable skills from the arts. In fact, many professional corporate speakers look to Comedians and performing artists to develop their craft.
There's good reason for this - Any...
The majority of creatives have an inbuilt idea-crafting-machine working in the background of their brains, 24/7. Many of us can't help but constantly think of something bigger and better, or fresh and alternative.
But this idea-crafting-machine rarely gets switched off, and is relentless - For many, it's killing their productivity.
Too many creatives show signs of overwhelm, burnout and are anxious about practicalities, whether it be finding the next job or delivering work ahead of the deadline.
Every Monday, I facilitate a zoom call with members of the People On A Pursuit community. The premise of these zoom calls are to help them make traction towards their creative goals, on a regular basis - Avoiding distractions, staying focused on the tasks that make a difference and maximising the skills and experience of the group to overcome obstacles.
Here's three major advantages for those struggling to execute on a creative...