How many times today are you going to delay doing something you need to do? Notice I didn’t say, ‘Are you going to delay . . . ?” because I’m pretty sure all of you will delay doing something.
Especially when we’re scared, uncertain or it’s something new we haven’t done before. For example, I had bought a Groupon to go to the Dark Room about 4 months ago. At the time it seemed like a great idea. Have you been there? It’s a restaurant that is completely in the dark. All of the waiters are blind so as customers, we experience the world from their perspective. The waiters lead you to your table, explain things, orientate you and they always seem to be just a ‘holler’ away. I delayed using this Groupon because I didn’t know what to expect. Actually to be honest, I was scared. I knew there wouldn’t be any strays of light to allow my eyes to adjust. What if I couldn’t handle it? What if it was too far out of my comfort zone? So I delayed . . . and delayed . . . and delayed.
I said to myself, “Tomorrow I’ll do it!” Have you ever delayed until tomorrow and then the next tomorrow . . . and the next . . .
One week before the expiry of the Groupon I gave myself a talking to and said, “What am I so afraid of? Just go. If I don’t like the experience, I can leave (I mean, I can ask the waiter to guide me to the door so then I can leave!).” You know, delay isn’t just about making a scary restaurant reservation. It impacts all areas of our lives. How many times have you delayed taking action and the result has been:
When you get stuck in a funk, delay is the default response. You might not know what to do, who to speak to or what direction to go. You might think “tomorrow I’ll figure it out!” You won’t. Because tomorrow never comes.
I went to the Dark Room. Yes, I was nervous. Once I settled into the experience, it was fun. I even ate part of my food with my hands because I got tired of putting an empty fork in my mouth. How often can you do that in a restaurant (and write to tell others about it?) I’m also reaching out for help (taking action) in the next step of my business because I need to grow. What about you? Where are you delaying? What action do you need to take today? Remember tomorrow never comes!
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Our workshop participants found Barb’s approach to teaching at the Centre for Professional Development to be dynamic and engaging. Barb not only taught effective communication and presentation skills, but also role modelled techniques throughout the day. Participants were excited to be able to apply learning’s directly into their day to day roles
Associate Director at the Centre for Professional Development, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
Your plenary session was a real asset and a great contribution to the success of our National IPAC Conference. From beginning to end participants were energized and actively engaged.
Gwyneth Meyers BSc, MSc, PhD
Scientific Committee Chair
“The workshop was wonderful!! Barb walked the talk by continuously demonstrating the tips and skills she was teaching! It was amazing to see it all come together. I would recommend the workshop to anyone who has to present.”
Bev Waite, Education Lead-Nursing,
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
I told one of the nurse educators that it was the best 3 hours I have spent in a training session as the content was clear, relevant, exactly enough to be able to incorporate into presentations, and you demonstrated each point which was great. It was watching an expert at work.
Aideen Carroll, Advanced Practice Nurse Educator
Toronto General Hospital
Your workshop was also a big hit. It was interesting to hear people talk about it as not good, but great.
CMP Manager of Governance and Events CNA
After working with Barb, our team returned to work energized, enthused and inspired to utilize tools that increase our communication, clarity and relationship with not only each other, but also with the residents and families that we serve. I would highly recommend Barb if you want to bring out the best in your team.
Dale Clements, Administrator
Barb Langlois led a wonderful one day workshop for 45 Clinical Nurse Educators in Saskatoon Health Region. She worked with us in advance to really understand our learning needs, Six months later, I see CNEs using Barb’s techniques to engage learners and I use them myself in my own presentations. I strongly recommend Barb – she is a very skilled facilitator who connects with learners in a very meaningful and effective way.
Margot Hawke RN, BSN, MCEd, Nursing Professional Practice Lead
Saskatoon Health Region
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