Beautiful Mind, Or Beautiful Mess

Everything works out for they guy in the movie, A Beautiful Mind…..right? Or, maybe I’m thinking of the Jason Mraz song, A Beautiful Mess?

Well, at least after tonight my ideas are a little less of a mess in my head, but more of a mess on my living room floor.

For about the last week I have been writing down any ideas I have had, or others have shared with me, around building out PGAjay.com on index cards. I recently realized I want it to be a resource for golf professionals wanting to learn how to use new (social) media platforms to achieve their goals.

Tonight I started laying those ideas out, looking for similar thoughts and grouping them together. The main batch of cards on the left half of the first picture is mostly content ideas while the right side is a collection of anything from random, quotes to ideas to add a page of books I have been reading lately, and even a reminder not to forget to send a post to someone.

I included a coupe examples of cards that could later be turned into a video, an article or even part of a future talk. Are there any ideas you think should be on one of these cards?

Your Feedback at Work Improving Episode 3

When I first started doing a lot of these videos I tried to script the whole thing out. That didn’t work because it wasn’t natural and……. because I never quite progressed passed my crippling fear of reading out loud that developed somewhere around, as long as I can remember.

Then I decided, “Let’s just wing the whole thing and I will edit out what I don’t want.” The problem is, I have a pretty amazing talent for being able to talk for minutes on end often without making a single cohesive point. The challenge in editing down content that is 90% garbage, is that you never end up with the 10% that is left making any sense.

So, for this episode I decided to break things up into points I wanted to make, so I would be sure to finish them before moving onto the next. This allowed me the freedom to make a mistake, and just start that section over without having to start at the beginning again. It also helped keep my diversions and ramblings very small. And when you only need to cut out 10% of each section, the structure doesn’t collapse.

It’s a long way from perfect, but this was a great step forward for me.

So please keep the feedback coming. It’s really helpful in not just giving me new ideas but in helping me talk though ideas with the very people I am trying to reach and impact.

I should have the episode up in the next few days so please let me know what you think. And if you like these updates from the blog, please consider signing up to get updates.