34 minutes | Nov 12, 2019
#14 How to think like a futurist
Futurists’ key principles are:1. SCAN - The higher you climb the further you see. Scan for emerging socio-cultural, technological, economic, environmental, & political trends that relate to us and our customers.2. PLOT - Trends drive uncertainties and drivers create new trends. Set a time frame; identify the key trends and uncertainties that will affect you. Prioritise which ones to use, and create an x, y axis to plot the future.3. IMAGINE - Constructing the future starts with imagining the future. Be a science fiction writer and imagine what each future world would look like according to the plot lines. This is called the scenario principle.4. DESIGN - Design contingencies to deal with the future possible scenarios and opportunities
28 minutes | Nov 1, 2019
#13 Decode your customer to double your income
The nine keys to discovering what drives your customer spend.In this podcast session you’ll go from feeling stumped and clueless about what your customer wants next, to feeling crystal clear and confident about what they really want. You’ll finally be able to experience the excitement of discovering what makes your customer tick and therefore make it so much easier in designing the perfect product or service offering that has customers opening their wallets.
14 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
#12 Four Simple Yet Effective Steps to Rewire Your Brain
4 Simple Yet Effective Steps to Rewire Your BrainHi ,You've done well in life and business yet there's something more, something bigger and better you want to do. Yet despite the desire and no matter how hard you try, there seems to be something that stops you from starting or finishing. Sounds familiar? Mea culpa, I've been there too! The big idea I'm itching to share in this podcast is that you can rewire your self-limiting stories into empowering neural connections by mirroring your harmful self-talk. I'll unpack this in four simple steps. I can also promise you that it's possible to rewire any mind and you can start right now. Yes, any mind, no matter how old or how stubborn can be rewired.Before you say to yourself, "maybe later", I reckon I've got a good handle on what your world is like. You're time-poor, under pressure, and fending off lots of competition. One of the biggest challenges we have in our current environment is to have a flexible mind that's uninhibited by our performance-limiting beliefs and stories.Sure, we can do nothing and follow on with "business as usual" yet the consequences are assured. Same results, lost opportunities, lost income, regrets of not having capitalised on a "sure thing".However, if you take up the challenge to rewire yourself, some of the benefits likely to come your way will include faster and bigger results. Not to mention increased effectiveness, sharper focus, achieving results you've dreamed of for years, reduced paralysis of fear, minimal procrastination and a sense of contentment.What are we waiting for? Let's rewire the mind in 4 simple steps.Step #1: Identify and record your limiting self-talk and stories. (estimated time 60 seconds)Your limiting self-talk and stories are most likely to pop up when we're either in an anxious or stressed out state. When this happens next time, recognise what's going on and record by writing, typing or dictating the thoughts, stories or beliefs that may be arising.For example, "I'm never going to be top dog. There's always going to be someone smarter and better that gets ahead of me."Step #2: Write out the counter evidence. (estimated time 2 minutes)We want to give our brain some evidence to create an alternative neural connection compared to the one that is preventing us. List as much evidence as possible. The more evidence we can provide, the more we can bring the limiting stories, behaviours and actions out of the subconscious into the conscious so that we can challenge it rather than let it operate on autopilot.For example, "I beat 27 people to gain my current position. I headed up that project team when no one else could..."Step #3: Imagine you are directing your limiting self-talk and stories onto a loved one. (estimated time 2 minutes)If you're anything like me, sometimes, we leave our emotions at home and find that no matter how strong the counter evidence we can find to reduce or stop our self-talk, it just doesn't work. The reason why it's so hard is that there's not enough emotional charge behind the counter evidence to fire the evidence for a more supporting story. In short, an event plus emotion results in a long-term memory. The more we recall it, the more we strengthen the neural connection and, finally, our subconscious automates the decisions and behaviours in order to save us effort. Which is why a self-defeating thought or story perpetuates itself over and over again.However, when we imagine we're telling these stories to someone we love, the emotional region of our brain fires up and says, "This is totally wrong! How dare I treat my loved one this way by telling them that?!"For example, I will imagine I'm telling my wife Anna a limiting story such as, “Anna, you're never going to get ahead. There's always going to be someone else who can do a better job than you in dealing with other people, leading them. You don't have the right people skills, not enough techniques or tools to..."As you can imagine, I'm going to feel pretty horrible speaking to someone like this and the emotional regions of my brain fires up and quite rightly. So I start to refute these horrible accusations and the mind can't help but find evidence and a heightened level of emotion to counter these accusations. In short, it's a reality check as to how destructive our self-talk is and gives our mind the opportunity to forge a new neural connection.Step #4: List the resulting counter evidence that comes from having the imaginary attack on your loved one. (estimated time 90 seconds)List the counter evidence and the next time that limiting self talk or story appears, repeat the activity, especially the imaginary attack on a loved one. The more we create and revise the evidence while elevating our emotions, the more we start to strengthen the neural connection and prune away the old unwanted connections of the limiting belief or story.ConclusionThat's it. You've just learnt one of the most effective, fast and powerful ways to rewire your mind in only 7 minutes..Remember that the more evidence you keep discovering to counter a self defeating belief or story the faster we can eliminate it.You can start this today, right now with those four simple steps:Step #1: Identify and record your limiting self talk and stories (estimated time 60 seconds)Step #2: Write out the counter evidence (estimated time 2 minutes)Step #3: Imagine you are directing your limiting self talk and stories onto a loved one (estimated time 2 minutes)Step #4 : List the resulting counter evidence that comes from having the imaginary attack on your loved one. (estimated time 90 seconds)I'd love to find out how you go with this technique. Please shoot us through an email with any of your successes or challenges.
28 minutes | Oct 2, 2019
#11 What stops you from thinking on your feet?
What stops you from thinking on your feet?You’re in that big meeting and you’ve got the opportunity to shine. There’s a big juicy problem that needs to be solved and for the person who can solve it there’s glory to be had, bonus and promotion opportunity, not to mention the kudos too. The only problem? You’re scared shitless about stuffing up and making a fool of yourself, so you keep quiet and play it safe and kiss that bonus and promotion good bye. That is unless you can overcome those fears and obstacles that stop you from thinking on your feet and saving the day.In today’s tips, I’m going to identify the biggest obstacles to thinking on the fly and reveal the ways we can overcome them to be the star of the meeting.There’s four key obstacles to thinking on your feet like a genius:Obstacle #1. PoliticsObstacle #2. Half baked ideasObstacle #3. Public speaking nervesObstacle #4. RejectionObstacle #1. Politics - Say one thing that disagrees with one of the execs in the room and you’ve created an enemy. You can see they’re missing the point, but if you steer them in another direction you’re worried that they’ll think you’re making them look bad. How can you get them back on course without making enemies and being relegated to obscurity in the process?Obstacle #2. Half Baked ideas - You’re worried your ideas will fall flat and they’ll suggest you go and become a performer at ‘Cirque de so lame’ with your half baked ideas. How can you shoot an idea from the hip, even if it’s off target without getting shot down?Obstacle #3. Public speaking nerves - Even though you know your stuff, and you’ve got a killer solution to the problem at hand, because there’s some heavy hitters in the room your throat’s gone dry, your palms are sweaty and you know your voice will sound like that of a breaking teenager’s. How can you speak like a pro without letting your nerves debilitate your presentation?Obstacle #4. Rejection - You know that no matter how good your solution is, it’s likely to be shot down because of the risk averse culture. How can you flip a potential rejection into a win? Or walk away after the rejection without feeling you need to go to a self esteem building workshop to recover your confidence.Prescription #1. Taking the politics out of the situation to make it safe to share - the quickest way to make an enemy in the meeting room is to stomp all over someone else’s idea. Even if someone else’s idea is way off course, the smartest most effective thing to do is to piggyback on their idea. ‘Piggybacking’ is when we add to someone else’s original idea, even if it takes a new direction. For example you might say “Piggybacking on Lisa’s idea we could consider adding a…” or “spring boarding off Raj’s idea we might consider combining this with a…” The power of piggy backing is that it acknowledges the other person’s idea and contribution which makes your solution or idea seem like a team effort, which in turn makes the other person look good and be more amenable to your idea. It’s that simple.Prescription #2. Making the space uncritical of half baked ideas - It sucks when you share an idea but it gets shut down before others can work with it to develop it into a better idea. Our brains are association machines and believe it or not sharing ideas (even when half baked) make it easier for someone to come up with a better idea, the only challenge is we need to be able to create the space where people are thinking of how to add to an idea versus shoot it down.An effective way to make the space safe for this, is to frame up the space before sharing your ideas. ‘Framing up’ is in some ways similar to the movie classification that you may see before a movie e.g. “The following movie is rated ‘M’ for mature audiences, it includes frequent coarse language…” This prepares the audience for that upcoming language and reduces their objections to it. We can use the same approach when sharing our thoughts by simply saying “It’s likely that we all have some ideas today that might be left of centre and yet it’s important for us to share these as even if they don’t solve the problem straight off, they’re likely to help us piggyback to create even better ideas. So to kick things off here’s a couple of ideas…”Prescription #3. Diluting public speaking nervousness - Everyone experiences a level of nervous tension when speaking to a crowd. I get the same nervous energy whether I’m speaking to 3000 people or to a board of directors, it doesn’t go away but it’s impairment on me is minimal, thanks to inclusive language.Put on the spot most of us will use dictatorial language including phrases such as “I think that…”. “I know that…”. “It seems to me that the big problem is..” Dictatorial language includes the words I, me, myself. The problem with this language is that it subconsciously creates an arrogant undertone to the message that says ‘it’s all about me’. The others in the room subconsciously start to judge the person using these words thinking to themselves “who’s this upstart who thinks they can solve this problem? What would they know about the problem?” This subtle energy is projected by the audience to the speaker in the form of crossed arms and a closed attitude which is often picked up by the speaker. This increases the speaker’s nervousness which in turn increases the use of the words I, me, myself and things go downhill quickly.Accusatorial language is the other language we can default to when under pressure. This is when we use phrases such as “What you’ve failed to see is…” “what they haven’t done is..” What you need to do is…”. Accusatorial words include you, she, he, they.As you might imagine this accusatorial language sets an undertone to the message that puts the audience on defence and they become resentful that you are pointing the finger at them for the problem (often people will unconsciously point a finger when this accusatorial language happens) and the audience therefore shuts down to your ideas or solutions.The language that will not only reduce the nervousness as well as open the minds to the audience is to use inclusive words such as we, us, ours, together and an example would be to create a phrase such as “We are facing a challenge…” “Our problem has been…” “Together the best we we can approach this issue is..” For the audience hearing these words sets the mind-set that this person’s one of us and they’re in this together. It becomes more of a conversation than a presentation in their mind, even though you might be the only one who is speaking. The most important part is that because of using the words such as us, ours, together, we makes the speaker feel it’s more like a conversation and therefore the nervous tension is a lot less, because you’re just having a conversation. This might seem to be an absurd technique and yet it works. It works for an audience of 3000 or an audience of 3.Prescription #4. Turning a rejection into an approval or keeping your head held high if you get a ‘no’.Getting a ‘no’ for an idea happens often, yet we can often turn this into either a ‘yes’ for a modified idea or at least get a good reason for the ‘no’ and a possible path to another solution. To start with, if you get a ‘no’ ask why specifically it’s a no go. If they can’t do your first solution could you get away with something close to it, what would be a compromise? Use this as an opportunity to collaborate around the new solution. If you think the idea is a good one but could be used elsewhere it never hurts to ask if there might be another department or area that the solution might be applied. Remember that every rejection will have a number behind it. Keep coming up with enough solutions and you’ll usually get a ‘yes’ in the end.Rejection happens everyday, we simply need to desensitise ourselves to it. Get better at handling it by asking for an unusual request where you expect to get knocked back. For example “Could we recruit for another team member to help us in our next project?” You might get knocked back, but you were expecting it so it’s no biggie, and yet sometimes you’ll be surprised and get a yes. Preface the request with a way out for the person by saying “I think this is an unusual request and it’s totally fine to say no, yet I’d like to ask…”.Finally give them a reason for your request. Research shows that when we add a reason simply by adding the word ‘because’ we can increase the chance of a the request being accepted. For example “Can we poach Samara for the next project, because we’re adamant that she’ll be able to help us nail this project in half the time with her help…”ConclusionWhile there’s a number of obstacles to thinking on your feet like a genius, remember there’s a prescription to flip the situation:Obstacle #1. Politics - counter with ‘Piggyback’ on someone else’s original idea.Obstacle #2. Half baked ideas - counter by framing up the space before sharing your ideas. It’s important for us to share all our ideas even if they don’t solve the problem straight off, they’re likely to help us piggyback to create even better ideas.Obstacle #3. Public speaking nerves - reduce the nervousness and open the minds to the audience by using inclusive words such as we, us, ours, together. For example “We are facing a challengeObstacle #4. Rejection - counter the rejection by asking why specifically it’s a no go. Then see if you could get away with something close to it, what would be a compromise?Having these tactics up your sleeve will give you much more confidence and success in ‘thinking on your feet’ and being the star of the meeting.If you’re interested in a workshop or mentoring on this crucial skill of thinking on your feet. We’re here to he
34 minutes | Aug 19, 2019
#10 Overcome your internal obstacles with high self efficacy
Obstacles, we all have them and yet the most common obstacle my clients (and myself) come across are those created by our own mind. In this podcast we deep dive into the power of self efficacy theory and how you can use it to overcome those mental obstacles to being that better professional, creating that big idea, hitting those targets you dream of and much much more.
24 minutes | Mar 20, 2019
#08 Reinvent your message
Ever wondered why some messages get more cut-through and buy-in than others? 90% of the time it’s because they are unique, respond to an insight, and prompt an emotional response. The other 10% of the time is because it’s laden with humour.In this podcast I share some of the secrets to help you reinvent your message making. Whether you have a presentation to the boardroom, a pitch to a customer, or a keynote at a conference, the tips I share will help you nail it.
27 minutes | Mar 7, 2019
#07 Discover your innovative strengths
www.ideaswithlegs.com/innovation-strengths-finderEver wondered how innovative you are, or more importantly what ways you could become even more innovative by working in your strengths and working on your weaknesses? If you answered in the affirmative, then this podcast is for you. Nils Vesk unpacks how to assess your strengths and shares a prescription on how to improve to that next level.
24 minutes | Mar 4, 2019
#06 Profitable Pitches and Presentations
You have a great idea, and your boss or potential investors are waiting for your pitch. You have one chance to make a good first impression. Do you have what it takes to deliver a winning pitch? 🤔Watch this video by innovation expert Nils Vesk as he shares his secrets to a compelling & effective presentation. You may also download our pitch & presenting tools for FREE on our website: http://bit.ly/2EBlfUl :)
21 minutes | Feb 20, 2019
#05 From boardroom panic to boardroom pay-rise
Ever been in a meeting where the pressure as on to create ideas on demand? Yet either you felt flat on your feet & failed to create any ideas, or the ideas you created were too lame to be useful.Sound familiar? I come across countless number of people who share with me the panic, fear and stress that can come when they have to create ideas and solutions under pressure.In this podcast I share some of my most successful step by step techniques on how to create insights and ideas to complex problems in rapid succession. Meaning you can save your job, increase your reputation, and increase your pay-packet.
25 minutes | Feb 16, 2019
#04: Turning pain-points into payments
Pain in business is inevitable, yet too few of us know how to convert those pains into payments. In this podcast international Innovation expert Nils Vesk reveals how to identify commercial insights from problems and convert them into commercial ideas. Giving you a new ’super power skill’ at work to supercharge your career or to uncover the hidden gem that could become your next income generating side project.
24 minutes | Feb 16, 2019
#03: The next big trends in technology and trends for 2019 and beyond
If you miss the next big trend, you can kiss that promotion good bye and go from being ‘sought out’ to ‘left out for that next exciting project.In this podcast Innovation futurist Nils Vesk shares the next big trends coming your way in technology and science to make sure you’re not left behind and miss out on that next commercial opportunity. From wearables & ‘digestibles’ to AI & Biotech, Nils has got you ‘future-proofed’ in science and tech trends.
30 minutes | Feb 15, 2019
#02: How to validate your ideas to protect your cash and reputation
It’s hard to commit to an idea if you’re not sure that it will succeed.If you have an idea for a side hustle or a big idea at work, but you really don’t know if it will work or spell the end of your career, this episode is for you.In this episode Innovation consultant Nils Vesk takes you through the most effective ways to validate your ideas, to make sure you’re protecting your hard earned cash or reputation.
26 minutes | Feb 15, 2019
#01: MOTIVATION TIPS TO HELP YOU CREATE BRILLIANT INNOVATION ALL YEAR LONg
It's hard to get ahead if you can't stay motivated on the right things. In this podcast Innovation transformation expert Nils Vesk unpacks the worlds leading motivation tools and techniques to help you stay motivated. Meaning your fledgling ideas will get to fly and your mojo will stay sky high no matter what challenges come your way.