I am very excited to be a part of a book that may really impact the life of the reader.
It is interesting when you get involved in a project like this and the things you may learn about yourself. When I began my quest to be a better speaker the same process happened. Actually this process happens just about every time we take a on a new and exciting project; we learn about ourselves.
When I joined Toastmasters in 1994, I had to give speeches. This was not a surprise. To be a better speaker you need to speak. But, what was I to speak about? In Toastmasters the speeches could be about anything that we wish but had to be appropriate to the audience, (language and politics were two hot topics that were better suited for another audience). Besides restraining from those two topics, we had free reign. That meant I had to find topics to discuss. The question was what? The answer was what was meaningful to me.
Which brings me to the book. When I started writing my chapter it was easy. I knew that it was important for me to share where my motivation came from. What I didn’t realize at the time was how important finding my true path in life was to me. The more I wrote the more difficult it become because I realized that I wasn’t achieving my dreams. Let’s think on that for a second. In every situation I recalled, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” all had an impact. I loved that movie. No matter what the situation was that I recalled, I did eventually realize that it heightened my awareness of me.
That is what I really learned, that we are created by every experience in life.
Here is my actionable idea for you, besides reading the book. Pay attention to your feelings as you are working on a project. Then ask yourself why you are reacting that way.
When I first started Toastmasters I was frustrated finding speech topics. But what I was really frustrated with was that I was not really aware of what was important for me to talk about When I began my chapter, I was clear on what I would write about, but my realization was that doing something with this information was more important to me.
The actionable idea that will make a difference to you is to find the true reason why you react to situations the way you. When you are able to identify that realization then you will be better prepared to realize any goal you wish to achieve, even public speaking.