Exactly 3 weeks ago I did something really really cool – and the biggest step out of my comfort zone yet to date – I gave a keynote in Polish. And not just a keynote – a workshop based on the Idea Lab. OMFG!
Polish is my first language, but I left Poland as a child and haven’t been speaking proper Polish in about 15 years. I didn’t know any “grown up words”. Some 2 years ago Mateusz Broniarek found me (I don’t even know how he found me!) and I slowly but surely started to awaken my mother tongue!
So when he asked me if I was interested in doing a keynote “sometime” at Waza, I immediately said YES! Some time in 2020, I thought. He meant… September. This year. Hey, I am first in line to a challenge. So on September 30th I did my very first 90 min keynote in Polish!
HAVE YOU SEEN THE POLISH KEYNOTE SNACK TABLE? This should be standard everywhere!
I was scared! Not for the language barrier (I am not a shy one and I have been doing keynotes in English for the last 5 years or so without knowing ALL the words), but if the insights and takeaways I had with me were innovative enough and worth the audience’s time. I think I “passed”.
The feeling right after – indescribable! For the record, I had the option to do the keynote in English, but turned it down. I thought that not only will I be able to practice my Polish, but also – if I can, by literally throwing myself out of every existing comfort zone, inspire just one person to go to the office tomorrow and make a boldzy move (such as speaking Swedish if you are new here, which some of my audience were) – then that’s great! Win win, right?
Listen! I survived, I thrived, and I still don’t speak perfect Polish. If I dare to challenge myself and can go out of my comfort zone – so can you! Deal? OK!
Another cool thing that happened as a result of this keynote: I accidently promised the Waza community that I’d launch Idea Lab in English five days later. Well… I did. It’s now available for everyone. Find it here: https://www.creativityhouse.academy/idealab
(Mateusz – thank you! I owe you big time for my Polish!)
You asked – we delivered. The mini course on idea generation is now also available in English!
Earlier this year (well, quite recently) we launched Creative Business Thinking Masterclass in Swedish. I remember contemplating a lot about the choice of language – when you are a mix of cultures as I am and work in different languages, this bothers you more than finishing creating the course on time. Well, we went with Swedish for the Masterclass. Maybe right choice, maybe not. However, we got LOTS of question about the English Idea Lab – so here it is:
If you haven’t heard about “Idea Lab” yet – it’s a mini course on idea generation. If you have trouble coming up with good ideas that work or if you have a bunch of ideas but no clue what to do with them – this might just do the trick! The course will take you about 2-3 hours to complete including all the exercises by the computer, plus those assignments when you shall go out and see things with your new idea generating eyes.
Creativity House Podcast is back and this week it’s all about business failures. I am sharing with you five of my greatest mistakes yet to date – with an aim to prevent you from making those same mistakes. However… no risk, no reward. If something feels really right to you, then you should go and try it out, mistake or not!
Why am I talking about this rather than sharing success stories? Well, behind every success are lots and lots of failures. I talk openly about them when I teach at Axelsons, so I figured… why not? Plus. failure are kind of not a big deal. I name one that took me 3 years to recover from, but I mean… I’m here, aren’t I?
Enjoy the podcast! And a discount that comes with it! Check out the shownotes!