Tip #675: Serendipity: A Fortunate Happenstance

On June 13, 2017, Posted by , In communication, By , With Comments Off on Tip #675: Serendipity: A Fortunate Happenstance

“A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.” Earl Nightingale

A friend told me about a series of chance occurrences that together became a very fortunate happenstance. Her story brightened my day and I hope it brightens yours.

  1. Fortuity (a chance occurrence).

Two colleagues, A and B, meet at a conference.

  1. Geniality (a friendly and cheerful manner)

They enjoy a pleasant conversation.

  1. Invitation (a request for someone to go somewhere or do something)

Colleague A invites Colleague B to attend a meeting later that week.

  1. Reconnection (to meet or come into contact again after a
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Tip # 419: Markers, Stickers and a Long Table: A “Just-in-Time” Learning Activity

On May 29, 2012, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip # 419: Markers, Stickers and a Long Table: A “Just-in-Time” Learning Activity

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”  Edward De Bono

The Jordan travelogue will definitely continue, but I thought you might appreciate a description of a short serendipitous learning activity.

It can be a real nightmare for a trainer when participants complete learning activities much more quickly than anticipated. I found myself in that predicament this week when I was facilitating a workshop on “Managing Your Stress and Time Before They Manage You!” Two activities that were each supposed to take an hour were completed in one hour. There was an entire hour calling for additional content.

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