We communicate all the time, mostly without thinking about what we’re doing. The problem isn’t just that we communicate casually, but that in doing so we believe that we have accomplished what we set out to do. Communicating is the most difficult of tasks, and the consequences of failure range from the trivial to the catastrophic. How do we share our thoughts with another and know—without doubt—that they now understand what we intended to communicate?
Structure in Three Acts
There is a universal structure that underlies almost all of human functioning. Masters of their craft value it. Others ignore it at their peril. It is enormously simple, and yet incredibly complex. The three-act structure is the anchor that guides almost every meaningful interaction we encounter. Why does it work the way it does? Where does its power come from? Most importantly, how do you apply meaningfully?
Writing for Growth
Write, and you could become influential, famous and fabulously wealthy. While that might happen, writing rarely pays off with any of those rewards. So why write? Peter has written more than a 1,000 articles. During that time he’s stumbled on a few secrets about writing that he was never taught in school. We learn by doing, so that might not be surprising. We also learn more about what we know by writing it down. In this session Peter will explore how to extract the most benefit possible from this solitary act.
Radically Rethinking Notetaking
All of us take notes. How we learned to do that, though, varies. Our approach has evolved over time, trying to keep up with our need to stay organized and on top of the world around us. Over the past few months, Mark has taken a deep dive into the world of note taking, researching what has revealed itself to be a deep and convoluted rabbit hole. If you strive for organization, this is a webinar that you won’t want to miss.
Taking A Read On 2021
For the last nine years, we have been sharing our insights about the books that we have connected with, and that have connected with us, over the preceding year. It has become on of our favourite webinars, a sentiment shared by many of our fans. 2021 was a more challenging year than many. We are grateful to reach the end, and to share with you what inspired us along the way.
Names: The Inertia of Structure
Naming something gives us power to it. Names add information, but they also constrict our understanding. Names are an abstraction that help and get in the way. If we want to see the world differently, we need to confront how what we call things shapes our perceptions.