Speaking and Life Goals… inspired via the SFU Leadership Summit

Keynote, Dreamforce 2011, San Francisco
For Keynote Speaking…

Notes to self:

  • THIS IS NOT THE TRUTH. I am only sharing my perspective and giving people an opportunity to take what they like and leave the rest.
  • Do a Mic Check – and listen to the audience. (maybe even have point people, so that I can hear them if there is speaking or interacting)
  • Encourage live tweeting! Have a hashtag!
  • Improv style! Audience participation.
  • I want to elicit responses that matter! Why am I asking this? What am I looking for (and if I am looking for something then I probably shouldn’t be asking). Why ask the rhetorical question?
  • Drop the details.
  • CLEAR Communication.
  • Know facts, don’t talk about stuff you don’t know.
  • Sometimes there is an awkwardness with audience participation. I want to create an environment which avoids shame/embarrassment and creates a level of comfort.

For Workshops…

Notes to self:

  • Humility: is the quality of being modest and respectful.
  • This is your session. Think of this room as Vegas.

Things I want to learn about:

History of Leadership – ie: Gandhi

I REALIZED…

I want to create a world without hunger and malnutrition…but what DO I want… hmm…

I want to create a nourished world. In every sense of the world.

I like working with: kids, film, design, social change, dancing, leadership

So that’s me at the moment.

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN?

Talks on Education

This past month I presented at ICE: The Inter-University Conference on Education. Some of the talks from this event have now been posted online.

This was the only talk I was present for but I really enjoyed it.

I strive to create conditions in which you might learn.

Wise words from a wise prof.

More talks can be found here: http://www.cisa-acei.ca/ice/?p=ice2011

I am a Leader Causing Leaders [Part 3]

This post is likely to appear as a vomit of inspiration. How do you sum up a jam packed weekend in a cohesive manner?

Here are some quotes and ideas and thing I picked up at LEADERS CAUSING LEADERS 2011

 

There was this one super inspiring (mostly raw) vegan speaker, Raven Starr (she recommended this free numerology report that changed her life) really made me excited and proud to be vegan.

Another speaker I really loved was Guru Singh. He had some good quotes…

“You are weird!” – GURU SINGH

He led us through many breathing exercises.

“The idea that beauty is something other than you is absurd.” – GURU SINGH

He also talked about words a lot:

Human = Hue + Man (meaning the brain-mind connection)

Woman = Womb (meaning the future) + Man (meaning the brain-mind connection)

Another interesting thins was the 4 Steps to Compassionate Communication: Observations, Feelings, Needs and Requests which I found very similar to Clear Leadership’s Observations, Thoughts, Feelings and Wants.

I noticed many similarities between different presenters and previous leadership workshops I have done. I think all leadership presentations come down to these 3 things:

  1. Communication: How to share and connect with others
  2. Ownership: Some concept of taking responsibility for one’s own actions and experience
  3. Tools: Apologizing, Acknowledgment, Praise, Rewards… ideas of motivating and inspiring others

I am a Leader Causing Leaders [Part 2]

An exercise from the Leaders Causing Leaders Program:

CHOOSE A DISTINCTION:

Transparency, Humility, Integrity, Kindness, Dynamic Vision, Community Building, Responsibility, Courage

 

The 3 personas that best describe me are…

Visionary: I am a creative thinker

Energizer: I motivate others

Explorer: I move easily between worlds

The 3 personal obstacles I am learn to overcome are…

Micro Manger/Control Freak

Demanding

Stress

The 3 main personal strengths I bring to the table are…

Integrity: I am what I appear

Kindness: I care about others

Articulate: I can express myself

I was a 2011 Leader Causing Leaders! [part 1: the journey]

I recently flew to LA for the Leaders Causing Leaders conference and it was amazing! It was a really interesting trip from the very start. I sat next to this celebrity who was telling me all about this leadership cult and cautioning me about the conference. On my other side was this Mom whose son attended WE DAY! When I got to LAX I lost my passport on the plane but then got it back luckily! There was no free WiFi so I took a bus to Starbucks nearby. I have never been so happy to see a Starbucks! Then I got on this bus to go to Cafe Gratitude LA and fell asleep. I woke up super disoriented and didn’t know if I missed my stop. I didn’t wanna ask anyone so I just sat there being really stressed. Then suddenly I saw some familiar signs from my last trip to LA and next thing I knew it I was back at the Cafe! Yay!

Some friends from the workshop I did were working at the time I visited and they remembered me.

Hey! This girl came all the way from Canada to eat at our restaurant!

– Cafe Gratitude LA Friend

I made a list of all the things I am grateful for: sharing, juice, sunshine, planes, opportunity, love, memories, forgetfulness, public transit, stress/fear, children, lost & found, blue eyes, water, AdBusters, sunflowers, community, travel, adventure. I had… I AM HEALTHY, I AM ENLIVENED and I AM FESTIVE from their menu : )

Then I travelled to Kind Kreme, this raw vegan ice creme place and I had more amazing food. Yay California for Vegans! I got a phone call with some good news from home and as I was waiting to meet my lovely friend Dari who I stayed with, I did a big stretch to release all the tension I had been holding on to.

Then I wrote some poems:

You are my walking song

You keep me moving on

You’re like my cigarette

I smoke you every chance I get,

I wish we just met.

when will I learn that flying away won’t bring you closer to me…

…but anyways, you make for damn good poetry.

Books and Stuff to Check out: The Secret, A Course in Miracles, Byron Katie, The Economics of Happiness

My Workshop at ICE 2011 – Learning from Life: Unleashing Unconditional Happiness

UniverCities Conference from above

This weekend I had the distinct pleasure of presenting at the Inter-University Conference on Education. Apparently my session was one of the most popular! Around 30 people attended and the evaluations I saw were very positive. Here’s some more info about my presentation:

Learning from Life: Unleashing Unconditional Happiness with Jenni Rempel
By separating external events from personal experiences, it is possible to open a way to seeing life as a path way to unconditional happiness. This workshop will explore circumstantial learning, techniques and tools to look at life and perceived obstacles as opportunities for growth and development.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION: Learning from Life: Unleashing Unconditional Happiness

The main points I was sharing were related to choosing happiness and creating a positive life. I also brought in some laughter yoga techniques as I do at all of the workshops I facilitate.

I showed a clip from this lovely lecture:

And I also played zen meditation music as people entered to set the mood.

It was really beautiful. Just sitting in the room with the sunlight sneaking in. And listening to people talk about what they are grateful for. I am blessed.

One of the main points I covered was the Cafe Gratitude Clearing Process…

So basically, it’s a conversation to get you to be present, in the moment, and living an amazing life.

There are two people: The Clearee and the Clearer.

  1. The clearer asks the clearee some variation of “what’s stopping you from being present?”, there are many ways to say this… “what’s in the way of you being here right now?”… “what are you resisting?”…
  2. Then the clearer repeats back what the clearee says VERBATIM. Simply let them be heard, without judgement, advice or opinions given. Do not paraphrase or change what they say. The clearer tries to get the clearee “out of their head an into their heart” by asking them how they feel and putting an emotion to it (letting go of anything conceptual or anything other than their experience).
  3. The clearee breathes in the emotion they are feeling, and then exhales and lets it go.
  4. Then the clearer asks the clearee a different question. Some variation of “what are you grateful for?” or “what do you love about your life?”  … “what inspires you?”
  5. Then the clearer acknowledges the clearee and tells them something empowering. Thank them for being there and be moved by them.
  6. And then they switch! That’s it!

If you want more questions visit this google group, they email two new ones out daily: http://groups.google.com/group/question_of_the_day?pli=1

There is a much more detailed description of this process in the books “Sacred Commerce” and “Kindred Spirit” by Matthew and Terces Engelhart. They also have a DVD about clearing that was recently completed.

 

 

 

Ethical Clothing

I found this in my folder of “to post to blog stuff” just as I get an e-mail from Me to We Style about ethical shirts! We can make better choices!

I don’t understand.

It all started with a shirt.

This has happened to me a few times. My personal philosophy is to not buy any clothing that is made unethically. So no clothes from sweatshops. This means supporting eco-friendly and fair trade companies in hope that unethical working conditions will come to an end. So what do i do when someone gives me a shirt? For groups and conferences I am involved in I have gotten a few shirts. I have tried returning them but that is somewhat socially awkward. At the moment I have one within my possession. When I hold it I feel a little sick inside looking at the “Made in Nickaragua” tag. I have been trying to use positivity in my life as much as possible lately and I have found that responding to something with positivity is always the best path. How do I deal with this positively though? Do should a horray because someone in a sweatshop got paid a low wage, low but better than nothing? This continues to support the oppressive system. And if it really is the right thing to do then why do I feel so shitty right now?

How would I want to be treated? This comes back to my one and only rule: treat other the way you want to be treated. I think personally i’d want to work in a fair environment with pleasant conditions that allow me to lead a pleasant life.

I guess there’s a difference between doing what’s right and doing what’s easy and I understand that sometimes doing the right thing is challenging but how do you separate challenging from wrong?

Here’s to better buying practices! Let’s do it!