Weigh Anchor in Oslo
Travelling to deliver lectures and keynotes all over the world can make you a little jaded about seeing new cities. I was in Oslo last week and was delighted that it knocked any form of cynicism out of my potentially world-weary system. Oslo is Norway’s largest and most historic city and the main square is one of the most beautiful places I have seen in my extensive travels. My wonderful host, Ola Steinsrud, took me on a whistle-stop tour of the parliament; the palace with the ice rink sitting majestically in the middle and bustling with skaters young and old.
The temperature was crisp, yet comfortable even down by the harbour as I watched the ferries cut through the icy frozen sea.
The next day I delivered training for Monster Entertainment in a classic lecture theatre. I understand why the Monster team are so successful as their people were bright, engaging and full of questions about the psychology of pitching.
They were particularly enamoured with the notion of anchoring – the process by which memory recall, state change or other responses become associated with a stimulus. I gave a demonstration with the help of a willing participant who wanted to know how to “feel good at anytime for no apparent reason” and the audience were enthused by how they could use these techniques in real life situations. They quickly realised that the technique I taught were not only really useful to get into ‘the zone’ when pitching but could be used in a myriad of different ways in everyday life.
Now, whenever I want to stop my old cynical travelling self from thinking “Oh no, not another long journey to a new city”, I will anchor myself with mental picture of Oslo as a trigger to feel good about the promise of new places