Thursday, April 30, 2015

Need To Eliminate Boring and Dull? Here’s a Sure-Fire Way to Gamify Your Next Webinar…

If you are in marketing or business development, webinars are an effective way for you to get publicity and sales.  Informational webinars attract people who are either moderately curious about something you’re offering, or they might be actively searching for a solution to their problem. It is a huge way to attract prospects who are ripe to become your customers. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Weekly Alliteration Game

How do you make yourself do the things you don’t want to do?

Can you imagine how much less guilt, stress, and frustration you would feel if you could somehow make yourself do the things you don’t want to do when you’re supposed to do them? 

I feel your pain. Often, when I am on a speaking tour or designing curriculum, it is easy for me to get so focused on that project, instead of doing other important tasks that will help me grow my business. I put the long-term activity on the back burner. 
The result? Empty calendar dates, a website that hasn’t been updated in months, unwritten blog articles, and a net zero new connections made.

That’s why I turned procrastination into a game

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Only Happy People Need Apply

Like it or not, feelings and emotions play a huge role in every area of our personal and professional lives. However, many of the people we work with believe there is no room for emotions in the workplace. They’d be happy to create a sign to post at the door that states, “Please check your emotions at the door… we’re working here!”

But of course, they only mean those emotions that are perceived as negative, such as frustration, anger, shame, fear, or despair. Positive emotions, such as joy, happiness, gratitude, hope, and optimism, are always welcome. But is it possible to have the positive without the negative?

Recently I read about Robert Biswas-Diener, co-author of the book, The Upside of Your Dark Side in which he offers that our pursuit of happiness and strong tendency to avoid discomfort of any kind is making us psychologically weak. And according to a recent Harris Poll Happiness Index, Americans are less happy now than we were a few years ago.

Read More in this month's issue of Offbeat Business Show Magazine (Oh yeah, by the way that's me featured on this month's cover. How fun is that?!)


About the Author:
Monica Cornetti

A gamification speaker and designer, Monica Cornetti is rated as the #1 Gamification Guru in the World by UK-Based Leaderboarded. She is the author of the book Totally Awesome Training Activity Guide: Put Gamification to Work for You, writes The Gamification Report blog, and hosts the weekly Gamification Talk Radio program.

She is a professional consultant and known for being one of the leading players in thinking differently to create different results.  In fact, as an early adopter, she has been designing and delivering gamification programs for her clients since 2008.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Austin, TX Based Startup Launches Gamification Certification Program

Sententia and Monica Cornetti Launch Gamification Certification Program for Talent Development Professionals

The Sententia Gamification Certification for Talent Development Professionals establishes an internationally-accepted level of knowledge, education and experience in gamification by which talent development leaders will be recognized within the learning and development community.

Sententia, a global consortium of gamification professionals, and Monica Cornetti, rated as a #1 Gamification Guru in the world, have launched a gamification certification program designed to educate and equip Talent Development Professionals in the use of gamification as an engagement strategy.

Friday, April 10, 2015

We All Have a Story to Tell... What's Yours?

Stories help us to organize and remember information and tie content together. Our brains are hard-wired to think and express in terms of a beginning, middle and end. It's how we understand the world.

If you, like many adults believe you lack creativity to develop an engaging storyline, try this. The next time you’re in a public setting with a friend or colleague, spend a few minutes watching the people around you. Now with your companion create a “back story” about the couple sitting at the table next to you, or the business man juggling his briefcase, coffee, and cell phone. Before long you’ll be laughing and creating fun, intriguing, and sometimes outrageous stories about complete strangers – who surprisingly, you also now feel somehow connected to.

When a story reaches our hearts, it takes hold of us, and we want to hear more. Our minds remember stories, especially stories with emotions attached, much better than they remember lists, numbers, or concepts.