Personal preparation for a Linchpin MeetUp event

I received the following question from a Triiibes’ member. It is a great one because most of us fit into this category. Link to this posts at your individual MeetUp sites, please.

The question: During the last year, while incubating me with these new-for-me ideas, books and concepts, i’ve noted the deep gap between me and most (all?) of my friends and colleagues in terms of attitude. Neither can or will I get on their nerves anymore.

The way I have seen the Linchpin-event until now, is more of a starting point to connect, get to know each other, exchange ideas and try to make at least a monthly meeting out of it for the future. That reads: poeple who already know about Linchpin, or, to stay in the picture: gather the core-crew, build the ship and start (or continue) sailing the seven seas in collaboration.

Two thoughts: Seth’s ideas are revolutionary, even threatening to the status quo in many organizations. The lizard brain exists to stymie growth and change. On top of that, my own experience shows me, is that people tend not to know how to take a new idea and apply it. They may get inspired, but not act on it, because they don’t know how. As a result, they fall into one of two groups: the kind who are idea junkies, who move from one inspiring idea to the next, never applying, never seeing the full benefit of it, just loving the endorphin rush of a great idea; the other are those who are afraid to deal with any new ideas, and therefore are resistant to even talking about them.

How do we deal with both of them in a Linchpin Meetup setting?

The key is telling stories that make these ideas real and personable. When we share how these ideas have made a difference, we are selling ideas, we are connecting on a personable level.

A Personal Preparation Strategy: Identify the ideas that matter most to you. Develop a story or example that illustrates this. For example, illustrate how you’ve slayed the lizard brain in your own experience. What was it that you did? When we tell stories, people can put themselves into our stories, and see how they would react.

Bottom line: Tell stories; don’t produce a powerpoint outline of the book. Live it, and tell about it, and people will get it.

Last thought: Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about The Heroes Journey motif which is a story about a quest. Think Frodo in The Lord of the Rings carrying the Ring to Mt. Doom. This story is divided up into three parts: the journey begins where we start to pursue our purpose; the struggle to overcome obstacles and challenges along the way; and, success and triumph. If you treat your story from the perspective of your purpose, your struggle and your triumph, then people will not only understand the idea, but have hope and encouragement to venture forth on their own Linchpin journey.

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