The Truth Talk to me

I use a process in my work that gets me to the core of any challenge, and leads to what I call an Essential Truth that – once formulated – informs everything else. So, what’s the Truth about Andrew Crighton and iPrimate? It’s HELP.

I’m at a place in my career where I’m exploring new horizons and breaking boundaries to help others… and help myself. I’ll tell you a lot more about it sometime, but, essentially, the new horizons have to do with VOCATION and the breaking boundaries has to do with LOCATION.

VOCATION means publishing… for a writer. And for this writer that means non-traditional publishing (you’re reading it). And it means content (you’re reading it). Whether my new horizons serve ME or YOU, they’re challenging and rewarding.

LOCATION is about flexibility. Kids have gone; home in the city less relevant. I still have one foot in Toronto, but I’m really living on the shores of Georgian Bay. Some people know I have a 1989 Volkswagen bus/camper in which I can go anywhere, anytime to write. And meet. And collaborate. But, mostly, breaking boundaries has to do with the Internet. I’m determined to get more clients/patrons/working relationships/ partners in other geographies, because we all really share the same geography, these days (you’re reading it).

So, it’s about VOCATION, LOCATION. And it’s about HELP.

May I?

Andrew Crighton, iPrimate
127 Kingswood Road
Toronto, Ontario m4e 3n4
416.356.4262

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March 8, 2012

CRITERION #12 – PERMISSION

When you stand on stage, you have permission
to deliver a performance. Take it.

A shining statuette for your performance

OK. Let’s review the facts. You have agreed to get up in front of a group of people, to open your mouth and deliver some well-chosen words of wisdom - be they ever so humble. Whether you know it or not, you have now entered the ranks of the Performing Arts. You are in the same heady company as Bernhardt, Olivier, Fairbanks… Streep, Hoffman and even Stallone. So are you prepared to rise to the challenge?

Hesitant?  Well, consider this. It’s absolutely true that when you walk onto a stage, you have permission to deliver a performance. As audience members, we’re all familiar with the convention of the theatre. We’re familiar with the experience of sitting in the dark with a crowd of other people, and focusing our attention on the stage. As we fix our gaze expectantly on the scene under the lights, we’re ready to enjoy ourselves; we’re ready for a performance. The actors absolutely have our permission to deliver one. Frankly, if they don’t, we’ll feel cheated.

Well, why would it be any different for your moment in the spotlight?  It’s your stage. And you can do with it whatever you care to do. But, for goodness’ sake do something, because otherwise you’re just taking up space.

Now, to those whose retort is that they’re just not the kind of person who cares to stand in the spotlight… they’re humble, and self-effacing, and secure in their anonymity… I say “You are deluded”.   If you take on a responsibility that involves interfacing with groups of people, then you also have taken on the responsibility of providing leadership. And leadership requires putting some skin in the game. You can’t be a leader if you don’t allow the people in your group to get to know you… and vice-versa.

For those who speak a lot, know they are weak (or even awful), but justify it by saying… “Well, I am what I am. I don’t care to improve, really” … I goad them a little by asking them to consider that “a good speaker is the envy of very person in the audience.” Is this not true? Do they, themselves, not recognize that there are good and bad speakers… and sometimes envy the command that they see others exhibiting?  Are you sure you wouldn’t like to be better.  You have permission, you know.  Certainly, you have mine.  Now you just need yours.