Unleashed Risk Workshop

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Slides from the Risk workshop led as the second part of a four-part series given at CoCo Minneapolis by Kate O'Reilly to support Google for Entrepreneurs' #40forward initiate, which aims to rethink the gender gap in startups and entrepreneurial communities. Two exercises were done within the session to better connect the attendees -- another goal is to create a supportive, ongoing community that meets regularly and communicates daily for better progress.

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Unleashed Risk Workshop

  1. 1. Risk Workshop KATE O’REILLY // @CLEVERKATE #unleashed // #40forward
  2. 2. Hi, I’m Kate. The helmet brand is acutely accurate.
  3. 3. -Someone very smart “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
  4. 4. Let’s recap, shall we? KATE O’REILLY // @CLEVERKATE #unleashed // #40forward
  5. 5. • That we’re a group because we showed up ! • That we’re going to be real and do hard things ! • That we don’t gossip ! • That we can build confidence doing everyday things ! • That it’s okay to draw inspiration from others and match or mimic what they do ! • That you start anytime (like now)
  6. 6. Who’s willing to tell a story from the confidence assignment? KATE O’REILLY // @CLEVERKATE #unleashed // #40forward
  7. 7. Six things you can do to gain confidence today: ! ! • Get enough sleep. Sleep solves ALL THE PROBLEMS. ! • Eliminate jealousy as an emotion. Want something for yourself? Go get it. ! • Wear only clothes (AND SHOES) that make you feel amazing. Protip: If someone says you look great in a color: believe them and wear it more. ! • Break up with one person that weighs you down. Actively/or fade away. Be kind and be done. ! • Go to a restaurant and order the first thing that looks good. Then put the menu down and talk to the person across from you about real things. !
  8. 8. BUILDING BLOCKS OF CONFIDENCE ! ! ! ACCEPTANCE VALUES RISK COMMUNITY
  9. 9. Risk is all about being uncomfy with something and then deciding to do it anyway. KATE O’REILLY // @CLEVERKATE #unleashed // #40forward
  10. 10. So, how do we overcome our tendency to play it safe to identify which risks are worth taking? ! ! ! Start by identifying something (uncomfy or potentially risky) you have going on in your life right now and then doing the following exercise.
  11. 11. 1) What does being more courageous look like? How does it feel? 2) How will inaction look one year from now? 3) Is my fear of failure causing me to overestimate the size of the risk, underestimate myself, and/or is it holding me back? KATE O’REILLY // @CLEVERKATE #unleashed // #40forward
  12. 12. Whatever answers come into your mind, take notice! ! ! ! ! You are wired to both overestimate the size of risks and to underestimate your ability to handle them.
  13. 13. By acknowledging our fears, we tame them. Wait, what?
  14. 14. Five* ways to take a risk and increase confidence that you can do right away. ! ! ! ! ! *Choose one or two. All five at once might make you dislike me intensely.
  15. 15. • Try a new physical activity. ! • Update your resume and submit for a job you think is out of your league. ! • Ask for what you really want once this week, twice next, and so on. ! • Take an improv class. ! • Put holes in walls. (Or a color on it.)
  16. 16. I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.
  17. 17. Thank you. Call and write often. @cleverkate // kate@clever-kate.com

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