I spent my morning presenting a keynote program called “Must Be Present to Win!
” to a group of business owners in Portland, OR. This is an important program that often impacts people in a powerful and personal way.
As I do in many of my keynote programs, I set aside time at the end of the session to ask attendees to share what their “Big Aha!” was – the most important idea they’ll implement to make a difference in their personal and professional lives.
About nine or ten people volunteered their thoughts (and got great prizes for sharing!) – and they all provided excellent examples of how they were going to implement what they had just learned.
Later in the day, as I was sitting alone in one of the lounge areas getting caught up on some e-mails, someone approached me. I recognized him as having been in my program earlier in the day. He introduced himself and said, “You asked everyone what their big aha was. Here’s mine: reminders of forgotten things – a lot of times you know something already, you just need someone to remind you of it.“
With that, he shook my hand, thanked me for a great program, and went off to another session.
He didn’t share exactly what it was that I had helped him to remember, but from the look on his face and the tone in his voice, I could tell that it was very important to him.
In sports, in business, and in life it always comes back to the basics. You can learn new strategies and discover cutting-edge tools and techniques, but more often than not, it’s the basics – the fundamental building blocks of whatever you’re doing – that are going to make the difference.
Are there things you’ve forgotten that might be helpful in your life right now?