Are you a list person?  I am. I think I got it from my Mom.  I remember watching her write out her impressive lists and then check things off.  Now I do the same, but instead of writing them out, I type them on my phone.

Recently, I came across a Harvard Business Review article about lists that highlights why lists are so helpful.

“Once we commit to a specific plan of action to complete a task, we tend to think less about that task… Essentially, when we create a roadmap to help us reach a goal, we are more likely to attain it and more likely to focus better on other areas of our work or lives in the interim.”

This week, let’s Talk About the power of lists.

3 Things to Talk About this week: 

  1. “The Checklist Manifesto”
  2. Rob’s 9-step list of creating exceptional presentations
  3. Your “Online Meeting Prep” checklist


1️⃣ The Checklist Manifesto


Talk About Talk - Episode 151 - The Power of Lists - Andrea Wojnicki - The Checklist Manifesto

I LOVE this book

In “The Checklist Manifesto,” author Atul Gawande (surgeon, NewYorker writer, book author) shares examples from different industries–medical, aviation, business, and various crises!- showing how the simple checklist is an effective tool. 

OK, perhaps the reason I love this book is that it validates my dependence on checklists. But the examples are pretty compelling – from pre-flight checklists for pilots and astronauts, to a surgical prep list from the World Health Organization.  And Gawade is a mighty good storyteller. 

Highly recommend!


2️⃣ Rob’s 9-step list for creating exceptional presentations

Talk About Talk - Episode 151 - The Power of Lists - The Power of STORYTELLING with Rob Tait - Andrea Wojnicki

In the latest episode of the Talk About Talk podcast, I spoke with strategist and storyteller Rob Tait about storytelling.

Rob shared his 9-step list for creating memorable presentations

  1. Audience Analysis
  2. Set Your Objective
  3. Collect Information (evidence, data, and yes, stories)
  4. Develop Your Narrative
  5. Create Your Slides
  6. Read/Click Thru
  7. Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse
  8. Deliver it
  9. 20/20 Review

You can find more information on Rob’s tips for effective storytelling and download his 9-Step Process in the FREE tip sheet: The Power of STORYTELLING.


3️⃣ Your “Online Meeting Prep” checklist 


Talk About Talk - Episode 151 - The Power of Lists - Andrea Wojnicki - Checkmark with pen, image from canva


Do you ever feel frantic, right before an important online meeting?

Me too!

So I created a checklist for myself – and for you!  The items on the list are split up into 3 categories:

  1. Technology
  2. Physical Space
  3. Personal & Meeting Prep

You can also customize and add your own items to the list.

Download your free Meeting Prep Checklist HERE!


There you go – 3 things to Talk About this week:

1️⃣ “The Checklist Manifesto”
2️⃣ Rob’s 9-step list of creating exceptional presentations
3️⃣ Your “Online Meeting Prep” checklist

Have a great week.