October usually brings what is reliably one of our favourite days of the year at Fugu – the Brighton Chamber of Commerce Summit. Over the years, the Chamber’s flagship event has widened our horizons, providing new and sometimes challenging points of view and moments to think about what really matters, in both work and our community.
It had to be cancelled this year for obvious reasons, so when we were invited to run a Twitter Takeover for the Summit’s brand new digital little sister last Friday, we jumped at the chance.
Here’s four insights we loved in a day full of positive energy and inspiration:
Real achievement begins when you realise who you are
“Talking about his youth work, Adam Joolia at Audio Active warned of the dangers of treating young people like square pegs in round holes. His passionate words on helping youngsters find their place and starting with really understanding themselves could be applied to so many of us at various stages in life. It was a great reminder of the power of appreciating colleagues, and ourselves, for our unique strengths so everyone can bring their best selves to work.” Vicky
Smart tips to take the awkwardness out of video calls
“I found Jude Bolton’s workshop on ‘Presenting Yourself Positively’ both insightful and uplifting. Particularly when it came to navigating Zoom calls, and portraying meaning in the absence of being able to read body language. Simple ideas such as moving your upper body, using hand gestures, and simply smiling more. Also practical steps you can take to avoid any of the video call awkwardness we’ve all experienced these past months, like assigning a call leader to facilitate each call, and hiding your own image on the screen (even if it’s just with a post-it note!) to avoid distractions for those of us that are camera-shy.” Gemma
Understand the problem before jumping to a solution
“During his talk on innovation, seasoned entrepreneur and Plus X’s Programme Director Toby Kress broke down a basic rule that is so easily forgotten. That is, to focus on the problem you are trying to solve, not the solution. Building an innovative idea requires us to learn more about the experiences of others, something which is lost when we focus on our preferred outcomes. Immersing ourselves in the problems we try to solve can alter our preconceptions and take us to a better solution.” Miles
Take the power out of emotions by naming them
“As we have all felt, this year has been overwhelming in many ways and seemed almost impossible when the problem is out of our control. So it was uplifting to hear from Toby Buckle, founder of leadership development organisation Hazelbranch, on how we can build practical resilience in times of stress and panic. A step as simple as saying the emotions we feel out loud and giving it a name is a way of taking back control. I particularly liked his introduction of the C.I.A. method as a way of breaking down our problems: thinking about what we can control in a situation, what we can influence and finally what we have to accept about it. It’s an effective way to take a step back from something that is giving us stress and stops it from becoming all-consuming. It’s certainly something I will take forward with me.” Ruby