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When has a Conference Call Ever Solved Anything?

When has a Conference Call Ever Solved Anything?
    6 Monsters Conference Call

    My friend was late for lunch. She said her smoking cessation conference call ran long.

    Me: Smoking cessation conference call?

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    Her: Yes, rather than making everyone meet like Alcoholics Anonymous, they just have frequent conference calls.

    Me: Is it working?

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    Her: No, not really, but work is paying for it [through a wellness benefit], so I thought I’d try it.

    So this is what it’s come to now– the company so believes in the efficiency of conference calls, that they are proscribing it for the health care plan as well. Though I suppose they would argue that it’s working as well for quitting smoking as it does for project management, and I suppose I’d agree.

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    But really, I think this place has stumbled onto a new business model– sell things to corporate HR that take place on conference calls. Or in meetings. It doesn’t really matter if it works, which it probably doesn’t; it only matters if it sounds like a corporate solution to the problem. Of course to really sell it, you’ll need a complete set of buzzwords to get it through. The kind of thing that when my boss hears it, he instantly senses a kindred spirit. There’s just no way he doesn’t approve someone taking time away from the office for this:

    At Robust Achievers, LLC, we believe the only way to truly reduce and remove bad habits is a synergistic approach towards a paradigm shift that puts individuals on the road to being more success-oriented.

    Our holistic programs for Smoking Cessation include daily check-ins via conference call with participants incorporating motivational platitudes and best practices. We then circle back for individual micromanaging sessions, wherein we encourage individuals to give 110% and be more proactive.

    At the end of the day participants will take their lives to the next level without this nasty, dirty habit. And the company won’t have to lose productive time to smoke breaks any more. Net-net it’s a win-win.

    If you’d like more information about our approach, we’d be happy to come in and go through our PowerPoint deck and answer any questions you may still have.

    Of course if they have a conference call for breaking Buzzword Addiction, I’d like to sign the boss up, though you’d probably need to convince him it’s a way to improve his buzzwords.

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    Last Updated on August 16, 2018

    10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

    10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

    The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

    In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

    Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

    1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

    What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

    Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

    2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

    Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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    How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

    Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

    Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

    3. Get comfortable with discomfort

    One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

    Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

    4. See failure as a teacher

    Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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    Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

    Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

    10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

    5. Take baby steps

    Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

    Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

    Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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    The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

    6. Hang out with risk takers

    There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

    Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

    7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

    Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

    Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

    8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

    What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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    9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

    Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

    If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

    10. Focus on the fun

    Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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