The transition from warm summer temps to crisp fall weather is refreshing to me. Maybe it’s the respite from the blazing summer sun, or maybe it’s the pumpkin-flavored donut holes I recently found at the store? I’m also a fan of the routine that comes with the start of a new school year, and I am happy when a bit of rain gives me an excuse to curl up with a good book.
The start of fall this year has also meant the start of some new activities for me. I’ve been doing more speaking and I find that I am truly grateful for these opportunities.
I learned long ago that the presenter isn’t always the smartest person in the room, so when I find myself in that role I look for ways to start a conversation that benefits everyone in the room. Whether it is a room full of college students or experienced professionals, I find that the diversity of perspectives can be a simple way to boost the benefits of the experience for all.
My primary goal in speaking is to offer audience members a way of thinking about a concept or idea like accountability or self-awareness in a new, productive way. I often invite participants to try something new – just one thing – and see what happens. A secondary goal is to create an environment that provides opportunities for participants to learn from each other. It’s all about asking the right questions to get the discussion going.
I hope your fall is off to a great start, and that you too are asking the right questions in your search for self-awareness and self-improvement. Let me know if you need any help.
P.S. - Here's an action shot of me speaking at one of my recent gigs. Can you tell I like to use my hands?
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