Archive for April, 2010

Watching Motivational DVDs at Work-Never Eat Alone

April 27, 2010

It was ‘Never Eat Alone’ by Keith Ferrazzi

It is very rare to find people watching DVDs in an office (unless it’s a media company). The organization that I joined gets together after Monday weekly meetings to watch motivational DVD’s. I like this very much.

The first one I watched here was ‘Never Eat Alone’ by Keith Ferrazzi. This DVD is based on a book he co-authored ‘Never Eat Alone and other secrets to success, one relationship at a time.’

The book apparently discusses the need for networking and human relationships for success in today’s world. Watching this DVD made me realize why Keith is recognized the world over as an expert on relationship development. He has also been named one of the world’s most connected individual. Really?

Now C.E.O. of Ferrazzi Greenlight, Keith has come all the way from being a Chief Marketing Officer at Deloitte Consulting. He also made a name as the youngest Chief Marketing Officer with a Fortune 500 company when he worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide before being recruited as Chief Executive Officer for Ya Ya media, an interactive entertainment consultancy before it was sold to Yahoo!

Back to the DVD. Here he talks about the importance of achieving your dream, understanding your audience (by asking questions), being yourself/genuine. He also believes that sharing and transparency, frees you because

 a) You are no longer controlled

b) People have empathy

He then goes ahead to explain the seven stage process to achieving success-beginning with ‘Focusing’. He (like me) believes that life conspires to have opportunities ready for you. He advises us to set the top three things we want and where you want to be in 60 days, three years, ten years.

Set targets. For example, make a list of 125 most important people for your success. Ask yourself “Who are the people I need to surround myself with?” These include spouses, family, friends and especially yourself. You also need to define what you have to offer the world. What services or products are you selling?

“You need to believe in your product and remember 50% is you, so believe in yourself,” he offers.

Aligning your goals is also necessary. Tell the people who surround you about what you want. As for the bonding process-establish real relationships that last, avoid small talk and go deep when you first reach out to someone.

Keith brings up the issue of belonging to a club. Get together with at least five people because for behaviour or lifestyle change, you really cannot do this alone. Plan dinner parties or share passions like jogging. Simply use things you are already doing to bring you together. This will allow people who care about you to help you.

Here, he also talks about how (also included in his book) he met Richard Branson. He would tell people around him how much he wanted to meet this man and how eventually when he did meet him, Branson had already received and read his book.

“As you run around trying to make other people successful, there are 100 other people trying to make you successful,” That’s the way it should be, he advises.

This DVD was very enlightening-especially on the art of networking and (from his presentation) there were lessons on how to be a great speaker. (necessary for Eudiah the performing poet).

I think that besides reading more on Keith’s website, I will try and get his book, ‘Never Eat Alone’ and his most recent ‘Who’s got your back?’

Some people I’ve talked to don’t like reading motivational or self-help books because they say ‘These books tell us stuff we already know.” Could be so, but then don’t they also bring out issues that we might have ignored or thought unnecessary? But for life enthusiasts, young entrepreneurs and ardent readers, every new book has something to teach us-even a new word or a new point of view is good enough.

Dis Poem: This is the poem I am loving right now.

April 7, 2010

Dis Poem By  Mutabaruka

Dis poem
shall speak of the wretched
that washed ships to these
of mothers cryin for their
swallowed up by the sea

Dis poem shall say nothin
dis poem shall speak of time
time unlimited time
dis poem shall call names
names like Lumumba
Kenyatta, Nkrumah
Hannibal, Akenaton,

Malcolm, Garvey
Haile Selassie

Dis poem is vexed about
apartheid rascism fascism
the klu klux klan riots in
Brixto, Atlanta
Jim Jones
Dis poem is revoltin’ against
1st world 2nd world

3rd world division

Man made
dis poem is like all the rest
dis poem will not be amongst
great literary works
will not be recited by poetry
will not be quoted by
politicians nor men of

Dis poem  knives, bombs, guns
blood, fire
blazin for freedom

Yes dis poem is a drum
Ashanti, Mau Mau, Ibo, Yoruba
Nyahbingi warriors
uhuru uhuru
uhuru Namibia
uhuru Soweto
uhuru Afrika

Dis poem will not change
dis poem need not to be changed
dis poem is a rebirth of a
arizin awaking
dis poem speak is speakin
have spoken

Dis poem shall continue even
when poets have stopped
dis poem shall survive u me
it shall linger in history
in your mind
in time forever
dis poem is time only time
will tell
dis poem is still not written
dis poem has no poet
dis poem is just a part of the
his-story her-story our-
story the story still untold
dis poem is now ringin talkin
makin u want to stop it
but dis poem will not stop

Dis poem is long cannot be
dis poem cannot be tamed
cannot be blamed
the story is still not told
about dis poem
dis poem is old new
dis poem was copied from
the bible, your prayer book
Playboy Magazine

The N.Y. Times, Readers Digest
The C.I.A. files the K.G.B. files
dis poem is no secret
dis poem shall be called
boring stupid senseless
dis poem is watchin u

to make sense from dis poem
dis poem is messin up your
makin u want to stop
listenin to dis poem
but u shall not stop listenin
to dis poem
u need to know what will be
said next in dis poem
dis poem shall disappoint u
dis poem is to be continued
in your mind in your mind
in your mind your mind…

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