I know the feeling - you stick your hand up for something and BAM. You get BATTERED with email.
More email than you can shake a stick at.
Email out of all proportion with what you stuck your hand up to get.
And you dread going to your inbox because you are drowning in pure sales garbage.
No meaningful way to avoid it - unless you are a FUNKY THINKER.
I could be really cruel and say that if you need a book to tell you how to shake hands and what to say, then you really shouldn't be in business.
But if you are new or young or introvert or whatever, I will give you the benefit of the doubt.
But how many of these authors practice what they preach?
Do a search yourself and tell me where the first face of someone you feel you could pick up the phone to appears in the results.
What does being a free thinker mean?
Here is the thing - Free thinking is not Funky thinking
People want to be on Funky Thinkers - when they have little idea what it is.
Yoga sandals, cycling shorts and a backpack does not a FUNKY THINKER make.
It just means you are following someone else's tribe - donning their uniform and ideas.
There is no magical mystical secret
Captain of all she surveys and Funky Thinker #127 - Angie Baldwin
If you ever wondered what is is REALLY like to live on a canal boat all year round - now is your chance to get your questions answered.
What is the pace of life like?
What does it mean to really check out?
Do people who live on boats have the internet?
Where is the most dangerous place on a canal?
Is the Chesterfield canal tidal ? and where does the water flow? What happens if you drop a pebble into the water?
What is meant by a shallow draft?
How do locks work on a canal?
What happens if a canal boat breaks down?
What got ruined after it became popular?
All this and more with Funky Thinker #127 Angie Baldwin. (pictured)
What is it like living on a canal boat like this one? All year round?
If you missed this earlier episode - now is your chance to catch up.
One of the most significant events in the history of the United Kingdom is being played out on the news channels as a sports event.
Trade agreements and sovreignty have replaced the sweeper system versus the flat back four as the discussion of choice for pundits.
And it's a BAD LOOK for elected members of parliament - to be fiddling on phones and generally not paying attention.
Why do people spend time, effort and money going to an event and then spend all the performance fiddling with a phone?
Arms in the air irritate everyone around them.
Whatever you record will be poor quality and you can only ever experience an event once.
You don't have to go very far these days to read about controversies surrounding self driving cars these days.
(We have had self driving planes for years - and curiously no one gets - or has ever - got worked up about that).
But back in the 1700's - James Brindley & John Varley - went to parliament - got the money and started building.
Started building a structure that required a completely new style of boat to run on it.
So what can we learn from the Chesterfield canal?
When recording episodes of FUNKY THINKERS - I speak to people from all round the world.
English IS a common language - BUT there are some words that don't cross the pond all that well.
Scarper - sounds like scamper - same meaning.
What do you think?
What does scarper mean?
Do you know?
Before we start recording Funky Thinkers episodes, I always ask people what they want to get out of the finished product.
Most people say that they want to sell more books or they have a webinar coming up or a bootcamp that they would like bums on seats for.
Do YOU listen to the adverts between TV shows?
Oh my goodness - these guys have got a new type of shampoo out. I need to drop everything to go and get it...
But here is the insight: You probably know already that listening to ONE show religiously - every episode isn't going to give you the moon on a stick in your choice of colour.
The best insights and ideas come from random unstructured conversations.
So here are two tips for how to be a great podcast guest.
Most people have a dislike of injections. With good reason. Having a stranger inject something into your body is unpleasant.
So why do it with your smart phone or tablet for hours each day - let other people infect your body with what THEY want to talk about?