Your Next BIG Speech
“Go to SLEEP!”
As a parent, you had to know a bedtime anecdote would pop up at some point, right? I guess it’s time to tap that well. For those uninitiated, in parenting circles there is no greater equivalent to the business world than the nightly ritual that is bedtime. I’ve never met a parent who doesn’t experience the negotiating, the angst, the frustration, or disappointment of trying to put young kids to sleep. As a parent you can’t help but feel angry and hopeless.
Every. Single. Day.
No matter what you do, nothing seems to convince the kiddos to quiet down, close their eyes, and go to sleep. And when they finally quiet down and drift off, it’s more a submission than a victory. Well, that’s how bedtimes feel to me. Feel free to disagree, if you want.
Can you guess what else may feel like a no-win submission? Yeppers…talking at meetings. After all, you never really win a meeting, you only succeed enough to make it through to another day. Meetings can be exhausting, frustrating, demoralizing, and a pain in the ass. And like bedtimes, they are unavoidable.
Am I wrong or does it seem like the most vocal coworkers tend to talk and fuss a lot, kind of negating the benefits of having a meeting (ala, kids giving every excuse not to go to sleep)? Although it may not be your role to facilitate the meeting, you should at least make the effort to contribute to it. You are a valuable employee and you do have good opinions. These opinions should be shared with the group.
Parenting & Public Speaking. Together
The behaviors, experiences, and techniques parents use everyday can improve YOUR NEXT BIG SPEECH. Whether it be using silly voices or just playing with the kids, these actions improve self-confidence, stage presence, and audience engagement. And that’s just the beginning…