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What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v8

The newest installment (v8) of the “What’s Interesting?” feature is here with my latest discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. I’ve included unique and inspiring people-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme, wonderfully human.  You are such an engaging group. I look forward to your participation and additions to the collection I’ve sourced for you. What do you find interesting?




What’s Interesting? . . .


1. Interesting Read – Speaking

Never one to disappoint, Todd Henry in his newest book, Louder Than Words, describes a process to harness the power of your authentic voice through identity, vision and mastery. Henry writes, “You have to let go of your fear of what you think you must be so that you can embrace the possibility of what you might be.” Whether you’re designing, leading, or pursuing your life’s purpose, you’ll discover compelling, deep questions and strategies to help you on your journey. With understanding of self comes clearer direction, sense of purpose, and clarity of action. He says, “…your voice is both your single greatest possession and the most critical asset you share with the world.”



2. Interesting Challenge – Listening

WYNC’s Only Human broadcast is sponsoring a fascinating, week long project (November 16-20) to help us become better listeners. You can participate by taking the Mimi test to find out how well you hear, engage in a daily challenge to improve your listening skills, or access podcasts and written transcripts. One of the premises of their Listen Up project is that because we spend so much time interacting digitally, we don’t have to use our listening skills as frequently. Beatrice de Gelder, a professor of neuroscience and psychology explains that when our conversations are by text or email, we miss a lot of critical information such as facial expressions, tone, and gestures that help us understand someone’s message. Are you ready to boost your listening skills?



3. Interesting Product – Visualizing

There are many ways to generate and capture and develop ideas. I’ve used post it notes, lists, journals, drawings, voice messages, and conversations. The Brilliant Ideas Launch Pad designed by Kari Chapin takes brainstorming to another level. It’s designed to capture your seed idea and turn it into something greater. The pad includes numerous templates to encourage exploring and generating new ideas, moving ideas from your brain to paper and figuring out next steps. The templates have many options including working backwards, using a funnel technique, or using a brain download method. When it comes to brainstorming, “There are no rules except this one: There are no bad ideas in brainstorming. Every thought can lead to a brilliant idea if you take your time and keep challenging yourself.”



4. Interesting Tech – Feeling
Keepy is one of the most interesting new apps I’ve come across for parents. It easily lets you organize kids artwork, schoolwork, photos, and mementos, while enhancing them with voice and video narration. Once you save your still and moving images, sharing those beautiful memories with family and friends is simple. Capturing memories digitally also gives parents the option to let go of the physical papers and mementos. Enjoy more memories, less clutter. 



5. Interesting Thought – Doing

One of the gifts of being human is not being perfect. Making mistakes helps us learn. They become the seeds for growth.







I’d love to hear your thoughts. What are your interesting finds? Do any of these resonate with you?  Come join the conversation!





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Reader Comments (11)

Isn't it amazing that there is always a treasure box of "new" out there to keep us growing? I think I know a family member who would love the "Brilliant Ideas Launch Pad." I've been meaning to check out Keepy... they contacted me and I think adding voice seems terrific. My inspiration of the day came from our friend Ellen Delap, who shared that she recently heard, "You should laugh as much as you breathe." Love that thought - work happy!

November 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

I am with Seana, there is always something new to discover, we should never stop learning. I read Seana's blog this morning and I am also going to use Ellen's phrase often. I am going to check out Keepy, and I love the idea of the Brilliant Ideas launch pad.

November 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

@Seana- You're so right. There's no shortage of ideas and such to learn from. How fun that one of your family members has used the "Pad." I just discovered Keepy and it looks like a really easy and fun way to capture family memories…especially for the overwhelmed parents that don't know what to do with or how to archive their kids art, writing, voices and more. Ellen is awesome and I just LOVE the quote she shared with you. No question that laughing is an uplifting and essential part of living.

@Jill- Continuous improvement and learning, right? The more I learn, the more there is to learn. Glad you are interested in checking out some of this week's "finds." Thanks so much for the cue to check out Seana's post. Loved it, especially the video. Totally identify with singing the incorrect lyrics.

November 17, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Thank you for sharing these innovations! I'm fascinated by the Listening challenge. It's so true that much is lost in the shorthand of texting and email. There's nothing like "listening' to someone's body language and facial expressions as they converse with you. I also want to check out Keepy. I can think of a number of people who would benefit from using such an app!

November 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Diane- You're most welcome. The "What's Interesting?" series is a fun one to share. It keeps me on a constant look for interesting ideas and resources that relate to living an organized, balanced life. Like you, I'm also fascinated but the Listen Up series. Listening is one of the essential aspects all strong relationships (personal or professional.) Learning how to be a better listener will only help us improve the quality of our relationships. Let me know if you or your clients experiment with Keepy. I'd love to hear more.

November 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Super cool series here, Linda. I love the categories. very multi-modal!
#2 is getting my attention. It's great to see listening getting the attention of mainstream media. I am teaching a basic coaching class where an emphasis is becoming a better listener. Just now after 5 weeks the 'Ah-has' are multiplying as students turn down the talking, advising, judging (that the human brain tends to do in conversation) and they open up their world to focused and curious listening.


November 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCameron Gott

@Cam- So glad you like the series and categories. I knew you'd especially appreciate the listening project. One of the most valuable things you taught us in the Coach Approach training was about active listening. It must be inspiring to watch your students have their "ah-ha' moments. I always loved the concept of focused listening and staying curious. They completely change the dynamics of a conversation in such a positive way.

November 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda, I love this idea for a post. I started following you via BlogLovin, so now I'm seeing all your posts on a regular basis.

I just took the mimi listening text. I think of myself as anemotional listener, so was surprised that I tested as analytical.

I recently pre-ordered this from a friend's blog:

I'll let you know what I think once I've put it to use. I love seeing and hearing about new ideas.

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlys Milner

Love the ideas and inspiration here!

It's a season of forgiving - and making mistakes is human. I love the idea of sharing this. We are often are harshest critics. Thanks for reminding us that we all make mistakes and we all grow from this.

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

The Brilliant Ideas Launch Pad looks simply brilliant!

November 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Wonderful to "see" all of you here!

@Alys- Thanks so much for your enthusiasm. I appreciate you letting me know that you found my blog through BlogLovin and are a regular participant. You're awesome! I was surprised by the listening test too. My results were the same as yours. I checked out the planner you gave a link for. I like how various cues like gratitude, happiness actions, bucket list are built right into the structure.

@Ellen- Always wonderful having you with us! As you said, it's a great season for forgiving and recognizing that we all make mistakes…part of being human. Acceptance and growth comes from there.

@Janet- Yes! Launch Pad is a really interesting take on brainstorming, idea capture and development. The page layouts are varied enough to pick one that works with our particular preferences and thought processes.

November 22, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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