In the past few years, we have grown accustomed to virtual interactions, but there’s something uniquely invigorating about standing in front of a live audience.
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak live for an entire week, and the experience was nothing short of transformative. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the profound lessons I learned during this adventure.
Lesson #1: Rediscovering the Art of Live Speaking
There’s a tendency to think we’re adept communicators just because we excel in certain aspects, such as sales. However, the experience of standing on a physical stage after years of virtual meetings was an eye-opener. Despite my sales prowess, live speaking is a distinct craft that demands development. The realization dawned upon me that I need to find more avenues to engage with live audiences. The thrill, challenge, and sheer fun of the experience were rejuvenating.
Lesson #2: The Power of Confidence and Adaptability
Confidence and composure, coupled with the ability to think on your feet, are invaluable skills that so many of us underestimate. While the entire week of speaking was an invigorating challenge, the fact that I won the final night of the competition showcased the importance of staying calm under pressure. Forgetting a crucial part of my pitch and recovering on the fly became a testament to the significance of adaptability. Being good on the fly is not just a skill; it’s a superpower in live speaking.
Lesson #3: Managing Expectations for Maximum Enjoyment
Entering any endeavor with excessive expectations can overshadow the experience itself. Participating in the competition, I embraced the idea that winning would be fantastic, but the true value lay in the overall experience. Engaging with diverse businesses, some boasting sales figures in the tens of millions, provided a unique learning opportunity. The clarity and motivation gained in the aftermath of the event were, in essence, priceless.
Lesson #4: Seizing Opportunities and Breaking Self-Doubt
The final lesson learned during this week is a universal truth: when opportunities arise, take the swing. It’s easy to doubt yourself, create obstacles, and make excuses for why things don’t get done, or fall flat. However, this experience reiterated the importance of breaking free from self-imposed limitations. The message is clear: stop doubting, get out of your own way, and take that swing when the opportunity knocks.
In conclusion, the week of live speaking was more than a series of presentations—it was a journey of self-discovery, resilience, and embracing opportunities. As we navigate the digital era, let’s not forget the power and impact of connecting with a live audience. So, the next time an opportunity presents itself, remember: swing often, and swing hard.
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