The Best Way To Establish Accountability

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'

But instead; 

'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...

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A Productivity Power Hour For Creative Professionals

What task are you putting off, right now?  Which of your priority tasks have been neglected recently? For whatever reason, there are probably some important tasks that you've let slip to the bottom of your todo list. 

One of the most simple, yet most effective offerings of the People On A Pursuit Community is our weekly Power Hour. In short, it's 60 minutes of focused activity, with some friendly accountability to keep you on task.

We simply log on to zoom, share what task we are going to execute within the next hour, and then we switch off the camera and mic, until it's time to check back in at the end of the hour. 

How Mark Uses The Power Hour... 

Actor, writer and member of People On A Pursuit, Mark Wisdom, regularly attends the power hour and finds them super effective.  Mark a has used the power hour for a number of his projects over the last year. From learning lines for an acting role to planning schedules for a film production. 

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Why Creative Professionals Need a Productivity System

Every Monday I host a zoom call with a small group of creative professionals. It's an online membership for those pursuing ambitious goals, and it's called, The People On A Pursuit Community.  Some are voice artists, others writers and we have one or two performers.

Whilst this project is only a small side hustle at the moment, it's one of my favourite moments in the week. The culture of the online membership is one of celebrating wins (big or small), overcoming obstacles together and holding each other accountable for the tasks we prioritise. 

One of our writers is Emma Kelly. Emma is a dramatist and playwright.  In our time of celebrating wins this week, Emma shared that her play 'The Guide' was listed in the top 3% of the BBC Writers Room, Open Call for 2022. 

There were 4718 scripts submitted which means Emma was within the top 141 submissions. That's incredible and such an encouragement to Emma. 

Emma's Productivity System...  

Of course,...

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How Can I Bring More Of My Personality Into My Keynote Presentation

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...

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What Can Public Speakers Learn From A Comedy Magician?

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...

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