What’s with all these talks?

I decided a while back that I needed to get back out there and see what was going on. It wasn’t that I was living in an ivory tower but that every time I checked a ‘social’ feed I felt decidedly unsocial.

What better place to start than ‘socialise’ which is just one of many talk series I have been to since the beginning of the year. It’s a bi-monthly talk with pints for and about the city’s creative and cultural innovators. The format is relaxed too, 9 speakers per event, presenting on a particular recent project or topic they have addressed in an interesting way.

There are over a dozen other talks or conferences that I have attended or will attend shortly. This simply got me thinking why all these talks? I think they are great, my only fear (or guilt) being so busy talking and listening that we don’t get any work done. That fear was somewhat put to rest this morning by Bob Grey at the breakfast series of talks, Creative Mornings.

Bob was explaining his and Red & Grey’s process concerning the 80/20 rule. The great thing I find about all these talks is the golden nuggets of knowledge dropped at them; 80/20 being a rule that comes up in many of them. He explained that 80% of his work is research, 20% design. Many have the reverse percentages.

The Pareto principle states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. For example 80% of your revenue may come from 20% of your clients. Therefore, many businesses have an easy access to dramatic improvements in profitability by focusing on the most effective areas and eliminating, ignoring, automating, delegating or retraining the rest.

Recently I attended another talk given by the king of the circuit, Dr John Demartini and what an incredible story he has. He is also an excellent and inspiring speaker. He speaks at length and with extreme knowledge about the mind and body connection. I was particularly taken with ‘ion’s’; a movement of charge or denoting action or condition. He listed several words as examples including opinion, question, action etc. This certainly interested me and many others in the room.

We are human, emotional beings. Our lives are full of values, meaning and purpose. Our brain is designed to help fulfill these things and to maximise our potential. He went on to say that we don’t grow unless we are challenged. It was a fascinating talk and ended with a note on transcendence, which is to talk about going beyond ordinary.

Is that why we talk so much? To maximise potential ?

I think all these talks are fantastic and I hope to attend many more. See you around.


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