The New York-born global initiative is returning to Norwood and surrounds with locals given the opportunity to raise the bar through a series of free pub talks, which have been hosted in cities across the world since 2014.
As in past years, the subjects vary with everything from voluntary assisted dying, to sex work laws in South Australia being discussed by the 20 speakers presenting across 10 venues on Tuesday, October 12.
However, this year’s event will see several speakers explore themes that carry over into the business world, with wellbeing, prioritising goals and taking the uncomfortable option among the key takeaways.
Here are three tips to take from some of this year’s experts:
1. Have a clear vision
Dr Kim Le, an author and psychiatrist who specialises in video gaming addiction, says one of the keys to productivity is to maintain sight of the goals you set yourself despite the challenges that arise.
“You have to remind yourself of your business journey, and why you’re doing it, and keep track of where you’re at in terms of how you’re progressing,” he says.
“Video games are very good at giving you cues to come back into the game, with new features, new releases and your teammates will remind you to keep coming back to the highly addictive and dark world of gaming so you have to constantly remind yourself that you’re on a real journey in life that requires time and thought to succeed.”
Dr Le will speak at the Robin Hood Hotel at 6.30pm on the topic of “The dark side of gaming”.
2. Self-reflect and repeat
John Purl, a wealth advisor at Affinitas Capital and wellbeing coach, highlights the importance of self-reflection in beginning any journey – financial or health-related.
“I bang on a lot about the importance of self-reflection and I think that’s one of the most important things to start anyone’s career or financial wellbeing journey,” he says.
“You have to go through self-reflection and if you don’t, you’re just spinning your wheels down the wrong road.
“I think that constant self-reflection and visualisation of the end goal are the two most important things.”
Purl will present his talk “Achieve success through wellbeing” at the Britannia Hotel at 8.30pm.
3. Begin with the end in mind
When it comes to stepping out of your comfort zone, few things are tougher than those awkward conversations.
Leadership Strategist and Made for More podcast host Ally Nitschke says getting on top of uncomfortable situations early on will save you time and money down the road and having a clear goal in mind when you approach a sticky situation will make all the difference.
“By the time we’ve put it off, we’ve kind of escalated it in our own minds as well – this mountain out of a molehill – where we could’ve nipped it in the bud early on, felt a little bit uncomfortable, used our courage muscles and had a tough conversation,” she says.
“Very rarely do we actually go ‘What is it that I actually want to happen? What is the resolution-solution progress? Where do we want the conversation to finish?’”
Nitschke’s talk on “Courageous conversations – why we keep avoiding those tough conversations” will be at the Britannia Hotel at 6.30pm.
Raising the Bar talks are free events, however bookings are essential and tickets are going fast.
The Mediterranean diet – much more than a dietary pattern, Evangeline Mantzioris
Education, entertainment and empathy – the Just Lawful project, Sean Fewster & Daniel Panozzo
Seeing is believing: using perceptual trickery to treat pain, Tasha Stanton
Changes in mainstream media – sex, lies, but no videotape, Jules Schiller
How South Australians won the right to die with dignity, Lainie Anderson
A touchy subject – South Australia and sex work laws, Tammy Franks
Get Run Fit – improve your running, finish with a smile, Nick Muxlow
Getting our kids on purpose-power that is changing the world!, Susan Knapp
Making trauma informed the new norm, Nicholas Procter
Here we are – where to next?, Trish Hansen & Alex Bruhn
Please don’t fire me – I have a brain!, David Cropley
The dark side of gaming, Dr Kim Le
Virtual reality: not science fiction but in our own backyard, Bruce Thomas
Ending homelessness is possible, David Pearson
A future where women are free from men’s violence and abuse, Brad Chilcott
Achieve success through wellbeing, John Purl
Zapping brains to boost memory, Nigel Rogasch
Breaking through writers’ block, Scott Zarcinas
Courageous conversations – why we keep avoiding those tough conversations, Ally Nitschke
Your inner voice is a 3 year old child – an approach to changing the stories we tell ourselves, Troye Wallett