Whenever I used to get stuck in my head (couldn’t relax and find the words I wanted because I was over thinking them), my old boyfriend would say, “Kath, what you need is some “cardio”… 😉
These days that‘s not an option (note the words ‘old boyfriend’) so I get on the elliptical instead.
How to generate ideas quickly and easily
I grab a small table, put it next to the machine, put my cell phone on top of it and turn on my phone’s voice recorder. Then I start pedaling -– yakking about what I’m working on as I stride along.
Pretty soon it’s sweat, sweat, yak, yak– IDEA! – yak, yak, sweat…
Works like a charm. I’m off my chair, out of my head and the words are flowing like maple syrup!
A calmer mind = clearer, more fluid thinking
The elliptical is a kind of metronome for words. Keep a steady pace and pretty soon you’re speaking in synch with your stride.
Toss out words right away or mull them over for a few pedals, and then put them out there.
The best words rise to the top
When you’re in the zone, words seem to pop out of nowhere (because they’re not trapped in your head). And it’s easier to recognize the gems.
Speaking aloud puts your ‘voice’ into your writing
Whether you’re writing a blog post, a presentation or copy for a video, you will be speaking in your own voice – unfiltered by the inevitable editing and second –guessing that can happen at the keyboard.
Your humour, your heart and your signature phrases will fly out, uncensored – and that will strengthen whatever you write.
You don’t have to put all those beauties in the finished product but a nice sprinkling will add personality that your audience will love.
If you’re writing a speech, you will have an easier and more enjoyable time presenting it because you will be speaking the way you talk.
Transcribing your writing is quicker and easier too
When you step off the elliptical and get back to your desk to transcribe the recording (yeah, you’ve gotta do it), you won’t have to listen to a lot of drek before you get to the good stuff.
And, you’ll be speaking more slowly in the recording so you’ll be able to type most of it the first time through without having to listen again.
Keep your recordings to two or three minutes, tops. It’s much easier to transcribe three minutes of audio than 10. And don’t type every word – just grab the good stuff. You’ll know it when you hear it.
If you have more to say on a topic just hold that thought and start a second recording.
You’ll write faster and grow your business faster
We all get great ideas during workouts or downtime but how often do we follow up on them?
When you speak your ideas aloud and record them in real-time, you’ve captured them.
Then you can turn those ideas into products, services or presentations more quickly because so much of the work is already done.
#1) Yakking into the void (or the voice recorder) makes solopreneurs feel less alone. 😉
And it beats bouncing ideas off the cat.
#2) The elliptical will give you a better butt (sitting being an occupational hazard for writer types and entrepreneurs).
And the elliptical will keep on giving because you’ll be so busy talking you’ll forget to check how long you’ve been pedaling.
You may prefer not to combine idea generation with fitness.
That’s OK. If you’re a swimmer, the voice recorder aspect could be a problem. Or, maybe you prefer to maintain a church and state division between work and workouts.
The voice recorder is your friend
Just try to ‘talk’ a few ideas into the voice recorder. See if it helps you get out of your head.
Those raw, uncensored yaks can generate the juiciest, most unique writing for your business. And that will help distinguish you from the competition. 😉
How do you get of your head so the words and ideas flow? Share your tips in the comments below.
If you’d like a little help organizing your words once you pop them out, head over here to see what we could work on together.
c 2014 Kathy Barthel