Not knowing is powerful:
I don't really know why Brigadoon Sundance works, and frankly, I am glad I don't know.
All that matters is a diverse group of curious subject matter experts for the seventh time decided to attend, participate, and engage in the Utah mountains.
Brigadoon Sundance is the rare gathering comprised of a cross-section of pros where sharing our diverse talents, having a conversation or three, exchanging insights, and driving creativity are at the top of the agenda.
I will have some more thoughts on the most recent Brigadoon Sundance gathering in next week's weekly email.
I need to take a few more days to identify the topics, disucssions, and sessions which made the biggest impact on me.
For those that attend this year and those who have participated in the past, thank you - the gathering has made a lot of progress since Brigadoon's modest start in 2013.
In addition to the Sundance gatherings, over the last twelve months, Brigadoon has added a higher level of engagement called Professional, increased consulting services, hosted salon dinners in Annapolis, Detroit, and Cincinnati, launched book and coffee clubs, as well as introduced Brigadoon Radio.
I am humbled by your support and commitment to this idea of creating a platform where entrepreneurs and thought leaders can discuss emerging issues shaping commerce and culture.
In the meantime, please continue to let me know how we can better serve this community and what tools you need to further propel your talents.
Thought leader mindset - a quick fifteen:
I really enjoyed presenting the thought leader mindset at the opening whiteboard session.
In fact, it was the first time I took an active speaking role at any Brigadoon Sundance gathering and it was the first time I executed a flashcard presentation format.
I appreciate Brigadoon Sundance's friendly environment to experiment and try a new presentation format made up of 100 flashcards.
I was pleasantly surprised by the response but would welcome any additional feedback or comments.
To keep the energy flowing about steps you can take to foster a thought leader mindset - here are a quick fifteen to get you going:
Tell > Sell
The audience knows - you can't fake it
What if it works?
Know the business model
There is no perfect time to start
Busy is a decision
Start at the end
Do you want to be a queen or a queen maker?
Form a habit
Be a professional
Rational behavior is rare
Be an expert in being curious
SNL is live at 11:30 pm regardless if it is ready or not
Cause > Campaign
If you want - you can send me your response to any of the tidbits listed above and I am happy to critique your answer.
Marc A. Ross specializes in thought leader communications and global public policy for public affairs professionals working at the intersection of globalization, disruption, and politics.