A complete step-by-step breakdown of how I built (and booked) a session at a globally-renowned conference

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at CMX Summit, running a session on the power of storytelling.

Afterwards, I was exhausted but elated: there were over 300 people in the room; the live…

8 lessons for the new era of learning

Give your social media timelines a cursory scroll and it probably won’t be long until you’re cajoled to take on a Workout, Sprint, HIIT, or Bootcamp.

But a growing number of these promoted posts aren’t pushing your local gym or a fancy new wellness brand: they’re from educators. Sign up…

You’ve probably heard of Product/Market Fit. It’s widely seen as the holy grail for just about every early-stage startup — and for good reason.

But what happens when your product doesn’t really feel like a product; when you have a portfolio rather than a product?

And what about when you’re…

The Playbook (image: the lantern)

In our overwhelming world, entertainment provides much-needed escape. People become engrossed in entirely different worlds as a way to deal with life’s stresses. We immerse ourselves in games, books, social media, or the latest binge-worthy TV series.

Yet we’re also seeking to improve our lives and find ways forward, especially…

In the latest installment of his ‘Akimbo’ podcast, Seth Godin switched it up.

On the surface, nothing was different. As always, there were no guests. Very little editing. The episode was the usual 20 minutes or so.

So, what changed?

This one was a listicle (or whatever the name is…

Using time and magic to bring workshops to life

the first video I got deep into… Time and Magik

The economy is rapidly evolving into a ‘connection economy’: an economy that rewards value created by building relationships and fostering connections. This economy rewards those who know how to build leverage.

Leverage used to be associated with investing capital, utilizing complex…

In week one of the first edition of our Workshop Creator program, we sent out a few thought starters to our cohort of participants.

One of these was a brief slide deck on Audience and Topic Ideation.

It was one small asset before the main program started; a tiny canapé…

Imagine yourself telling a story. Any story you like.

Picture where you are and what’s happening.

Perhaps you’re in a small cabin, writing that novel you always had in your mind; working diligently in the writers’ room for a new TV show; crafting the next breakout Broadway hit; or standing…

One of the best things about workshops is the ability to mix and match ideas, formats, activities, and themes.

We can shift from one lane to another; bring in different concepts; sprinkle in story; encourage exploration.

Workshops are a responsive space where change happens.

However, it gets a little more…

Earlier this week I spoke with a new friend who’s taking a look at what’s next in his career journey.

He had a pretty good idea of his plan: taking his existing skill set and previous work experiences and synthesizing them into learning materials that could help others become better…

Howard Gray

Adventures in entertainment, education and entrepreneurial endeavours. I’m an educator, coach and project builder based in NYC.

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