As I look back on 2020 and plan for 2021, I’ve identified the 5 top habits that I’ve formed this year, largely as a result of lockdown though some were high on the list anyway. In no particular order:
I suppose it was inevitable that with the change of season, there would be some differences. It’s also inevitable that change happens as time goes by no matter how subtle. In this article, I reflect on 4 ways my portfolio evolved in November 2020 against earlier in the year.
Where the summer was about being out in the garden, this season has been more indoor in focus and painting featured quite a lot. Once again, a meditative activity - and definitely one I was glad of on occasion when certain people annoyed me! With a little help from someone that was in our bubble, we have a freshly painted downstairs!
I’m still cooking and for reasons that will be mentioned later, less so...that’s not to say it hasn’t led to more pairings and the latest article can be found here - Inspiration Diwali Menu - Food and Fizz | Glass Of Bubbly
I put myself on a business accelerator in the summer and admittedly, I’ve not been that great at doing my homework. That said, I can feel that I’m getting on with things and am more focused at my own pace.
In addition, I’ve started reading again consistently which has been a great way to decompress just before bed.
My role in Toastmasters is a notable time commitment and to that end that is currently and until at least the middle of next year. There is something very real about contribution - and how that opens up more unexpected opportunities as a result. And in a serendipitous turn of events…
I have started a new business relationship in this new lockdown with someone I met via Toastmasters. In early 2021, a book called The Exceptional Sales Career will be released and I’m working on this project with the author. When you start something new or take on a new client, it is almost a given that it can be all-consuming in the first month or so while you figure out what’s what.
So there we have it, there are some constants in life however evolution and change are also a natural part of life. What does your portfolio look like? How has it evolved in the last few months?
Let us know!
Rupa Datta is passionate about unlocking portfolio careers. Get in touch to find out more!
Want to speak well in public? Learn from Santa!
If you’d like to ‘sleigh’ your audience and shower them with your gifts, you can learn a lot from Santa. Here are his reindeers’ tinsel tips.
Dasher: Just like Santa, listen well. By listening Santa gets to know people and what they want and need. Then he gets to work to create something that makes people happy.
Dancer: Santa has found that the three P’s are key - Planning Preparation and Practice. All the serious work is done ahead of the big day. Santa’s workshop is busy all through the year planning and preparing for that one special event to be confident that everyone receives something special.
Prancer: Santa says it’s important to have fun. After all the hard work in advance, delivering on the big day is then easy and enjoyable – for him and his public. As he relishes the ride and offers gifts to everyone with smiles and joy, the people are happy and beaming.
Vixen: Santa always likes to surprise people with something they aren’t expecting. Something novel, eye-catching or funny rather than just another set of socks.
Comet: Santa always dresses for the job. He wouldn’t make the rounds in blue jeans and a plaid shirt, but insists on looking good – only his red suit with white fur trim will do.
Cupid: Santa’s motto is ‘Sm-eye-ile’: smile plus eye contact. When he smiles and looks warmly into people’s eyes he makes them feel noticed and valued.
Donner: Santa developed his memorable phrase” Ho, Ho, Ho’ so that he, and what he stands for, is remembered even in the middle of July. He repeats his ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ message and everyone knows what it represents.
Blitzen: Santa’s gifts are always generous but he still leaves people wanting a little more.
Rudolph: Santa is Santa. He believes in just being himself, round belly and all. As a result, everyone loves him for who he is and what he offers. Merry Christmas!
Glen Savage - www.purplespeaking.com