How to chase the mid-winter blues bye-bye?
Attend a conference, your own conference. I wish I could say this was my idea but I stole it from Chris Brogan.
Here are a compilation of my favorite Ted and Tedx Talks.
None pertain to joy but if you act upon the ideas in these talks you will find or create joy in your life or the lives of others. Every speech pertains to you no matter what age or what nasty life event you have or are experiencing.
There is a break after every session so you can review notes or rewind to rewatch part of a speech. So grab a pen and notebook and start the conference when your schedule permits.
One day we will all gather in a warm location, wearing bikini’s and speedo’s and sipping tropical drinks with umbrellas in them and listen to speakers live and not via Memorex (Does that even still exist?).
Hungry? Here are some recipes for your conference:
Cherry Cheesecake Tarts: How To Get Out Of The Doghouse
Easy Heath Bar Cookies
Feta, Beans and Champagne – Oh My!
Opening Prayer: How Great Thou Art by Elvis | Jordainaires | Imperials
How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek
Small Ripples Make Big Waves by Abby Kohut
The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown
5 Ways to Listen Better by Julian Treasure
Connected, but Alone by Sherry Turkle
The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
How To Sleep by Jessa Gamble
Should you live for your resume…or your eulogy? by David Brooks
Closing Remarks: A Pep Talk by Kid President
Music by the BeeGee’s – You Should Be Dancing. You will understand why I picked this song after you watch Kid President’s pep talk.
Start With Why, How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon Sinek
Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
Connected by Erin Davis (a nice compliment to Sherry Turkle’s speech.)
Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome – Robby Novak and Brad Montague
The Impact Equation, Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise? by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Official Conference Quote:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Official Conference Poem: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Official Conference Scripture:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I hope you enjoyed attending the JoyReturns 1st Annual Virtual Conference.
Please let me know what you thought about the speakers. Who would you like to see next year?
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