After several days on the road presenting at speaking engagements I took a day, as I always do, to write follow up emails and review what went well and what needs to be tweaked.
When I speak, I hand out forms to attendees who want to be added to my newsletter list and ask for comments about my presentation.
I was feeling great, as all the remarks were positive and reinforced why I love to share my message.
Then I came across one that stopped me. It wasn't negative. It was just a simple statement.
Yes, simple. To the point. No elaboration.
This didn't cause me to pause because I was hurt by it or took it as a criticism in any way. It stopped me on a much deeper level.
This event had been a group of about 50 people. There was a microphone available, but I felt I would be able to talk loud enough without it.
I critique my own success by three things:
~ The reaction during my presentation- typically tears,
laughter and always dancing at the end;
~ The hearts that I touch causing people to come up to
talk to me afterwards – typically with
tears, laughter and at times still dancing;
~The remarks on the evaluation forms.
By all counts this presentation went well, but obviously this attendee had difficulty hearing.
I believe whether my message touches 1,2,3, or 500 in an audience – it touches the ones who need to hear it the most. I want everyone to have the opportunity to hear it.
For me, the suggestion went deeper than that.
My mission in being a writer and a speaker is:
To help people.
My goal is:
To teach people how to love their life –
No Matter What!
I believe I have important messages that not only help people understand why they need to love their life, but give techniques of how to do it.
If I believe this, (and I do), I need to “Talk Louder!”
I am grateful to the person who shared this with me and for the lesson it taught me. I need to reach as many people with my message as possible.
If I’m going to stand up, step up and speak up, I need to ALWAYS use the microphone!
What message are you whispering?
What message do you believe can help others?
It doesn't matter if you are speaking to one or a room filled with thousands, if one person can’t hear you – the microphone isn't on, the message isn't heard – you need to be brave enough to TALK LOUDER!
Pennie’s Life Lesson: “When you have a message you believe in-- stand up, step up and speak up. Make sure everyone hears you. Talk Louder!”
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My intent in sharing this with you is to help you find your voice and speak the message inside of you. TALK LOUDER!
Share your thoughts and experiences relating to this post in a comment below . And please feel free to email me at: PennieHunt@gmail.com.
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