Take Time to Recalibrate!

No one wants to feel time poor and out of control. Many of us have found ourselves back in the home; where time “seems” abundantly slow. My traditional industry virtually closed over night with many people left without any form of assistance and a whole lot of anxiety.

So how can we begin to find a degree of focus or relief after that sucker punch to the face?

My passion is to work with high octane individuals to make some space in their lives, to unstitch the fabric of their busy, to find greater clarity in their thoughts, ideas, time use and goals. To move with greater ease. Last year I was asking people to make pause as a conscious choice – this year the virus has made that choice for millions.

I hope that you can gently apply a few of these hacks to experience a little bit more ease in your day.

Unlike that infamous twitter post that said “if you don’t come out of this quarantine with either (lists 3 things) You didn’t ever lack the time, you lacked the discipline.” I wholeheartedly believe as a practitioner of time, that we are all experiencing a great shift in our lives that is beyond our control in parts, but we can take some small steps of action to get us to Destination B. It might not have been our first choice, but it is the necessary alternative route for many of us to survive, pivot and adapt to this new way of being. It might even become the preferred destination.

So go slow, take your time, reach out for support, phone a friend or use a resource, because the key to time management is not pushing your productivity to look efficient, busy or “successful”. It’s an inner game, and the efficiency comes when you are kind to yourself and gently able to adapt, tweak or pivot in new ways. Then you’ll find your flow in the strong current, and eventually find your footing on the sand bank once again.

Take great care!

I’ve got more ideas to “Cultivate Inner Strength in Covid-19” – head over to my Nerds of Joy Podcast available now on all good listening platforms.

JOY x

When was the Last Time you Boosted your Knowledge?

I’ve been thinking about my growth journey and mulling over how much action I have taken over the last couple of years, to “grow myself” – out of curiosity and necessity.

You might be reading this, with the belief that “there is no time left in my over scheduled life to do one extra thing.” You might also say “meh, why do I need knowledge, everything is Google-able” but this kind of thinking robs you of a deep satisfaction that learning new things brings.

Remember the baby days of learning to walk, we just gave it a red hot go and did it. We stumbled over and over, not attaching any meaning to it, there was no failure or fear. We just did it. We took action.

When you get out of the comfort zone of your everyday, and try a new thing, you might just discover that it is the energy hack you have been looking for. It brings some colour to your beige, some unexpected joy as you meet new people and forge connections, some satisfaction at mastering a new skill or perhaps it releases that pent-up desire you have held for a long time. You know that “icky-ness” that you just can’t seem to articulate or shake.

Maybe the knowledge is a musical instrument, a craft, a sport, maybe new friendships or a new process.

When we learn (and enjoy it) our neurons fire and we consolidate new neural pathways. Imagine fireworks going off in the brain. I think we become smarter and feel better. We relax and our wellbeing has a boost.

Taking small action to learn something new, might bring you clarity or a new way of being. You might discover possibilities for extension, revision, and reinvention. Maybe you don’t have to do more but choose to do less.

Thanks for stopping by, your curiosity and thirst for knowledge brought you here.

Sign up to be a part of my community, to nail your time with more clarity and ease. Do something new!

Go gently.

JOY x

You Can Lead A Horse To Water

Measuring Success

This morning we have been looking at the way success is measured. Being a totally subjective thing makes it much more difficult to gauge. The tools to data crunch, track engagement and evaluate social reach are out there. There is enormous value in these formalised processes but the intangible soft qualities of the production or event simply cannot be measured accurately. We try to capture feedback post event.

How do you harness a feeling?

TEDx

Last week I attended TEDx Sydney at the International Convention Centre. It was a delight to be frontside as a guest, rather than at the Production desk calling the show or backstage somewhere orchestrating the blow by blow mechanics. I’ve done both of these roles on previous TEDs.

Finding My Tribe

I was curious to be totally immersed as a guest, I had assigned my colour stickers on my lanyard to identify my tribes. I had displayed my name, Float-Creative brand and 3 topics to speak to me about. They included Music, Floating and Vintage Caravanning (for a little bit of something different).

During the breaks, I headed to my tribes and found people sticking to there work colleagues or others with heads down soothed by the comfort of their smartphone. I kept my eyes up and present. Were some too afraid to connect?

Connection

TEDx did everything possible to engage and encourage the audience to connect. The MCs even told the 5000 strong tedsters to go and speak to someone new. Are we just too terrified to strike up a conversation with a stranger in a curated, safe and supportive environment?

I believe the organisers did everything they could to cultivate a sense of community, to nurture relationships and connection. They put on a wonderful show. They led the people to the water.

Make Them Drink

This is a big part of our mission at Float Creative. To engage and break down the social barriers within the event. We can wow the crowd with spectacular performance, visuals and theatrics, but when we drill down, it is the soft qualities, the value and emotion – that truly ignites connection.

We want to make them drink at your well, to participate freely.

Let us find that spark, to connect and bring your audience with you.

Want to know more?

Email floatcreativeau@gmail.com

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@joypereira01

Events 101 – Five Essential Tips

Here’s a shout out to our production, event and theatrical fierce tribe. If you are reading this, you are either an industry specialist working hard to make your next event truly spectacular, or you might be looking to use our services in the near future, so you are having a snoop around (totally fine – welcome!) Perhaps you have just stumbled across this blog post searching about events, time management or leadership?

Whatever the circumstance, here is my prescription for Events 101, with many hacks you can apply to not only your business – but to your daily life. Winning!

1. Time Management

This is something that does not come naturally to the majority of people. We often go through the process of living without really defining goals or structuring our days, weeks, or years. Many people do not have the ability to use their internal body clock to count down to the nearest second. Production specialists strangely enough have these skills, but it is something that is cultivated over time. (I have it embedded at a cellular level due to working on productions for over the last 20 odd years) Factoring the blow by blow, second by second rundown of events is a developed skill. Being able to stick to specific time allocations is critical when running events and these hacks can be applied to your life. I would caution that nothing in life is perfect and in future I we will discuss the flexibility required to rule your life and reign over your event.

2. Organization

If you are an absent minded professor or someone that struggles with keeping things on time, you’d best be suited to being a VIP guest rather than an event specialist. These super humans are required to be the puppet master of all things event related. A serious ability to dissect, negotiate, delegate and direct people as well as a thorough knowledge of the mechanics of the event is essential. My number #1 hack – write everything down.

3. Leadership

So you might be able to dissect, negotiate, delegate and direct people as well as recite verbatim the mechanics of the event, but you need to have leadership without being a “boss” (bossy). The best type of leaders on events, are the people that are clear in direction, ask nicely, temper their responses and of utmost importance – treat people with dignity and respect. The intense and volatile nature of events often bubbles under the surface and a great leader is someone that is able to tap dance their way around the potential sinkholes and eruptions, whilst leading the charge and taking responsibility.

4. Creativity

This is an extremely important gift that all humans possess, but many often deny. To be creative gives you the ability to imagine creative solutions, be agile and come up with many different alternatives or workarounds. Problems can arise on a live event at any time, managing teams with artistic flair in your flow state is wonderful in action. Creativity cultivates a more interesting life!

5. Flexibility

Events, productions, life’s best made plans can go awry. The ability to be flexible, make editorial decisions on the fly or pivot is extremely important. Can you doctor the information, jump to the next cue, make space or take the reins in an instant? Being 3 steps ahead of the show run will ensure that there is a contingency in the event. Being a few steps ahead buys you a bit of insurance.

As you can see, all these tips co-mingle to make you a master of events and production. Totally transferrable skills to your every day.

I love to educate and hope that you’ve garnered a bit more knowledge, flexibility, creativity, and organisation (with ease) on your journey forward.

If you’re keen for more, follow me on instagram for frequent hacks and updates!

JOY x