The Mike Kim Show

I, Mike Kim, am an opportunity junkie. While leveraging opportunities has contributed greatly to my success, it's become really apparent that I need a different approach to business and life.

These 7 principles from Greg McKeown's book Essentialism have helped me make difficult decisions in the past few weeks:

1. We can make one-time decisions that make a thousand future decisions so we don’t exhaust ourselves asking the same questions again and again.

2. Be aware of decision fatigue: the more choices we are forced to make, the more the quality of our decisions deteriorates.

3. Priority is singular. The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It meant the very first or prior thing. Only in the 1900s did we pluralize the term and start talking about priorities. Somehow we would now be able to have multiple “first” things

4. To eliminate nonessentials means saying no to someone, often. It means pushing against social expectations. Eliminating the nonessentials isn’t just about mental discipline. It’s about the emotional discipline necessary to say no to social pressure.

5. You can build a great company or build great ideas ... but not both. Jim Collins chose ideas. As a result of this trade-off there are still only three full-time employees in his company, yet his ideas have reached tens of millions of people through his writing, including Good to Great.

6. Without great solitude, no serious work is possible. - Pablo Picasso

7. We need to be as strategic with ourselves as we are with our careers and our businesses.

Also mentioned on today's episode:

The One Question That (Actually) Helped Me Define Success (VLOG)

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

The key to delivering a successful speech or workshop involves more than just content. Presentation is vital.

But any professional communicator knows there are a myriad of external factors that affect you and the audience's ability to engage with you: lighting, room layout, ambient noise, time of day, and more.

In today's episode, I outline 5 things I do to manage these external factors so I can serve my audience in the best way possible:

  1. Survey the room
  2. Sit in the worst seat in the room
  3. Optimize my slides
  4. Set the rules of engagement
  5. Wear the right clothes

You can also see a real-world walkthrough of how I did this before speaking at Ernie Svenson's Small Firm Bootcamp in New Orleans:

https://youtu.be/zYeGmlN9Tds

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:28pm EST

The key to clarity lies in asking the right questions.

In today's episode, I share 4 questions that I learned from Michael Hudson on a recent consulting trip. Michael uses these questions when journaling every morning, and he recommended I try them out.

In the days since I started asking (and answering) these questions, my clarity and focus have sharpened like never before.

Michael is a well-respected consultant who also helps experts create impact with their ideas and get their message heard. I highly recommend his podcast, Get Your Message Heard. It's terrific.

Mentioned In Today's Episode

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:35am EST

Facilitating brainstorming sessions can be a challenge, especially when you have a room full of creative people.

In today's episode, I share 3 simple tips that can dramatically increase the quality, engagement, and results of brainstorming sessions that you host -- especially if you are a coach or consultant working with a client's team.

I learned these simple tips this past week during a consulting project in Phoenix, AZ that I took on with Michael Hudson.

Michael is a well-respected consultant who also helps experts create impact with their ideas and get their message heard. I highly recommend his podcast, Get Your Message Heard. It's terrific.

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Direct download: BYP_116_-_3_Tips_For_Structuring_Better_Brainstorming_Sessions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:14am EST

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