3 days of silence is hardcore hard work. What did I learn?
Today I’m starting a 3-day Silent Retreat. No phones, no talking, nothing but silence and listening within. What will I learn?
Just before Christmas I competed in the Finals of the Techtour European Venture Contest. Oddly enough, I was one of the category winners (this surprised me, but never underestimate the power of a good story). Since I am a serial entrepreneur and back after 9 years, Techtour interviewed me in a 5 minute video. Here is what I talked about: Why VOICE is so important to entrepreneurs who pitch Why preparing for and doing PITCHING is so important to entrepreneurs Why attending events like the EVC is critical to anyone…
The voice of Martin Luther King Jr. helped to change the world. Yours can as well. Learning to become a more powerful communicator is one of the most important callings in life.
Listening to Finnish entrepreneurs pitch, you would think it is a nation of Steven Hawkins voice impersonators with monotone, deadpan, and flat voices. But listen carefully and you will discover a real warmth underlying the cold exterior. What they taught me is that the Finns have a huge tolerance for silence.
Many entrepreneurs struggle. Some fail, yet some entrepreneurs succeed beyond their wildest dreams. What is the difference? What is the one key success factor that separates the winners from the losers? The winners are almost always great communicators.