Christina Crook is on a mission to show people overwhelmed by our digitally-saturated culture how to live with intentionality and joy. She has addressed conferences, corporate teams, faith groups, and universities over the past several years, sharing with them how presence and peace can be found in the midst of the cacophony of the modern world. She’s a personable and engaging speaker who shares her advice in a way that’s relevant and uplifting.
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The Joy of Missing Out
FOMO is a MOFO. The world of competition and corporate bottom lines drives us to extremes. We need to go home, we need to disconnect and recharge, but it’s increasingly difficult to do so. We can’t turn off: our devices keep us hooked in the produce/consumer hamster wheel. We're overwhelmed and overworked.
Can you relate to any of these feelings?: "I'm tired of trying to keep it all together. My team needs me. My spouse needs me. My kids need me. I feel like I am already living with a wall of regret.” “I'm exhausted. I'm on 24/7. I feel like I can't turn off.” “I come home from work feeling numb. The only thing I have energy for is scrolling and Netflix. I've been on social long enough to know it's a waste of time but I. CAN. NOT. STOP. I don’t know what else to do.” It takes a powerful no to say a powerful yes.
The brain drain of the web is undeniable. When not used mindfully, our tech can sap our focus, productivity, creativity and, ultimately, our impact. Embracing the Joy of Missing Out is essential for success in all aspects of how we love, live, parent and lead. Joy, by definition, is “the emotion evoked by well-being, success and the prospect of possessing what one desires.” It’s what all of us wants.
By examining the connected world through the lens of her own internet fast, Christina creates a convincing case for increasing intentionality in our day-to-day lives and cultivating joy by missing out on the right things.
Quit the Comparison Game
Today the Internet enables unprecedented comparison, and comparison is the secret killer. Because online everything is edited, every post delayed, each word and image mediated, the Web has a way of making even the dullest things look shiny. We piece together the life our prettiest, most successful-looking neighbors lead. We imagine the perfect lives they live. Inside, however, they’re make-up-less and fighting. At one time, people literally aired their laundry outside—until a revolutionary new technology called a clothes dryer brought it in. Proximity paints the real picture. Even if we air our foibles and grievances—our metaphorical laundry—online, only those who live closest to us are privy to our day-in, day-out attitudes and experiences. Real life paints the whole picture; online, we only see the strokes.
In this talk, we unpack the pitfalls of social contagion and unlock the simple game-changing strategy that stops it in its tracks.
THE EXPERIENCE JOMO WORKSHOP
Much of our overwhelm is driven by FOMO, the fear of missing out: the ever-present low grade anxiety that we should be thinking about something else. FOMO drives us to spend time online in a way we never intended. The average person spends over two hours a day on social media. That's 5.5 years over a lifetime. If we cut that by even 40%, you'd be gaining back TWO YEARS of your life. You have 365 days this year. Imagine spending one of them with your team, focusing on making your days count. Imagine conversations and clarity. Imagine actionable tools for real-life scenarios that will go to work for you immediately.
You get to choose who wins this year: you or your devices.
make MEANING IN A DIGITAL AGE
Our world is being furiously reshaped by technology, more often for the better but sometimes for the worse. Every part of our lives is being transformed, disrupted or made obsolete in some way, including our relationships with each other, ourselves and our faith. For some, the tech community appears collectively deaf to the moral and social consequences of their society-shifting technologies. But that too is shifting. The better we understand our own relationship with technology the better equipped we are to respond to a rapidly shifting culture.
Novelist Flannery O’Connor once wrote: “You have to push as hard as the age that pushes you.” What would we say is the great push of our age? To consume: more information, more products, more connections. But a life of consumption is not an end worthy of human beings. We were made for more.
Drawing upon Augustine’s work on desire and the Ignatian practice of discernment, Christina Crook draws upon her personal faith to help us reorient our lives towards what brings joy in a complex, digital world.
// Christina is able to adapt/customize her talks to meet your organization's needs including the following takeaways:
- Disconnecting from digital overwhelm to reconnect to our hearts, values and people we love most
- Building self-compassion and compassion for others by taking down our facades and embracing our own weaknesses
- Unfriending convenience
- Quitting the comparison game
- Rewiring our habits for maximum impact at home, at work and in our communities
- Rediscovering your “why” as an individual and team/organization
- Entering fully into rest and recovery
- Moving from surviving to thriving
“Spend ten minutes with Christina and you’ll feel rejuvenated and hopeful about the future. She makes disconnecting look mainstream, doable, and like the breath of fresh air we are gasping for."
- Aimee Ippersiel, Executive Director, Robert Bateman Centre
"From the moment I approached Christina Crook to discuss the opportunity of hosting a DRIVE session she was nothing but professional, engaged, and extremely collaborative. Christina created a presentation specifically for DRIVE which was all about building awareness when it comes to social media consumption. Christina skillfully helped attendees glimpse into how they passively consume media and reevaluate their consumption through articulating their values.
Christina has an ability to connect with people immediately and finds commonalities that make her extremely relatable. Christina’s relatability was key in helping breaking down the shyness in the room successfully leading to vulnerable and open conversations between attendees. The session was flawlessly executed. It received much positive feedback from attendees--so much so that I had colleagues anecdotally bringing up points from the session in conversations months later.
I would recommend Christina Crook to anyone looking for a motivational/inspirational speaker."
- Madison Hall Sikorski, Brand Strategist & Drive Founder @ Cossette, 2018 Agency of the Year
"I recently had the privilege of moderating a panel that Christina participated in for Ivy League students. She brought a high level of professionalism to the panel, as well as a wealth of knowledge in the field of journalism. She is undoubtedly an expert in her field, and is a pleasure to work with and learn from!”
- Kristen Ottaviano, Ministry Fellow at Dartmouth, Nexus Conference at Yale
“I love how present Christina was at our conference. It means a lot when someone comes and really embraces the event and delves deep into connecting with people."
- Darian Kovacs, Co-founder, Canadian Internet Marketing Conference
"We loved Christina's talk. She hit the mark on every level and was just the perfect thing we were looking for. My leadership team and I felt it was the highlight of the year and a great way to go out with a huge bang. Everything Christina said was so rich and full. I would like to explore bringing Christina up to Ottawa for something larger next year."
- Terry Long, Founder, Quiet Pools Leaders Circle, Ottawa
word guild award in culture
Christina received the inaugural Word Guild Award in Culture in 2016.
The Canadian Internet Marketing Conference welcomed Christina to breathtaking Squamish, British Columbia to speak about becoming technically productive and privately peaceful in an always-on work culture.
Christina's talk, "Letting Go of Technology: Pursuing a People-focused Future" was presented as a part of the TEDx Global Women conference.