Napkin Drawings Are A Metaphor for Improvement
I’ve been really bad about maintaining my start-up. Like most failed ventures, I slacked off and got distracted by other parts of my life. Your Next BIG Speech is a web resource conceived, populated, managed, and promoted by one person. When I slack, nothing is done. And if I get no feedback or response for my efforts it’s hard to keep motivated. That’s on me.
I recently started another venture on Instagram called @Napkemon. For the last year I’ve been drawing Pokémon on my little girls’ lunch napkins. I started posting the napkins to Instagram and quickly amassed a decent following. I’m approaching my one year anniversary and I have almost 2000 followers. Because of the positive response and growing interest, a lot of my free time has been diverted to drawing rather than marking Your Next BIG Speech. I’m hoping to change that this year.
Over the next year expect to see some significant growth in this website and products. I have some ideas brewing and after feeling what success looks like elsewhere, I want to bring that experience here.
Keep your eyes on this site...things are going to change and improve.
Stay Positive. Have Hope. Give Love.
The motto of the Boy Scouts of America is “Always be Prepared.” This is a very wise motto, and one that’s appropriate for life in general. Water, Kleenex, snacks, hand sanitizer, Tylenol, condoms…it’s always good to be ready for anything. Whether you are ushering kids around the zoo, getting stuck in traffic, or standing before an unruly crowd – be ready for anything.
I give 40-50 presentations a year. Not all of them are knock’m dead TED talks. But I hit way more than I miss. I’ve talked my way through everything from 3-minute pop-up presentations to 8-hour communication workshops. I have also sat through countless others. As you may guess, they don’t all go smoothly. Allow me to list a few of the most recent SNAFUs I’ve witnessed: projector bulb burned out, no Internet access, computer security restricted access to speaker’s presentation, projector didn’t work, sound didn’t work, no microphone for large auditorium, expected speaker no-showed, speaker accidently erased presentation, Windows updated mid-presentation and locked out talk, and presenter stung by a bee. Ok, last one didn’t really happen, but you must admit weird shit happens during talks. How you deal with it will ultimately decide your success. If you’ve practiced, you should be able to successfully present without the visual aids. Surprisingly, sometimes if things go really wrong, the presentations actually improve and become more memorable. Overcoming adversary is very endearing to your audience. Remember to handle your situation and your attitude with humbleness, calmness, dignity, and resolve. Grace under pressure. Don’t mess yourself. You could always reschedule if things go too awry.
There are three main considerations for laying out a presentation:
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…