What do King Arthur, Luke Skywalker and Frodo have in common? Here is a clue – it has nothing to do with bestselling books or blockbuster movies!
Perhaps today’s topic may not initially make sense. In my experience leadership and being able to speak in public goes hand in hand.
Merriam-Webster’s definition of knowledge includes:
- the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gains through experience or association
- acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art or technique
- the fact or condition of being aware of something (2): the range of one’s information or understanding
- the sum of what is known: the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind
If we were having coffee I would tell you all about The Debacle of Cake Friday.
Now, some of you know what Cake Friday is. To those who don’t, it’s a very important day in the week for my team. Each of us takes turns to bring cake on a Friday. We have a Cake Boss who reminds us early on in the week that it’s our turn by putting the Cake Boss mug on the desk of the person whose turn it is.
Afloat, usually on water. This week’s WordPress photo challenge entry shows what looks like a type of boat used in festivals in Port Louis Harbour in the Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius. The photo was taken on a particularly bleak day during cyclone season after torrential rain. I was stranded in the hotel as all access, via water or land was cut-off with flood waters. The government of Mauritius declared the day a public holiday early in the day as many of the island’s inhabitants were badly affected by the inclement weather and could not get to work.
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Jokes are serious business. So serious that comedians often get other people to write their material for them. No one can be funny all of the time. Famous funny people also make a lot of money from their comedy – it is serious business indeed.
I have been doing presentations at work for a long time and I thought that I was awesome at it. Until I did a dry-run of a presentation to a group of Toastmasters a few years back. This has been the best advice I ever got around this topic.
Sometimes there are people in the audience that may try to interrupt you. This is not always ill-intentioned, Sometimes people just want to ask questions.
We have a tradition in the team I work in – each time someone leaves the team there is a farewell lunch where every person has to say a few words to the person leaving. The person leaving also delivers a speech about each member of the team. It started informally and each time someone left it was something the team did. So now it is somewhat of a tradition and on the 17th it is my turn. This time I am the one leaving so I have told the rest of the team that this is their opportunity to say how amazing and awesome I am !
Fluttering butterflies, a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, a vice-like constriction of the lungs resulting in shallow gasp-like breaths, <enter here what you feel when nerves take over rational thought> – everyone feels nerves differently and deals with them differently. The important thing is how they are dealt with in such a way that they do not cause the speaker to abscond or hide in the loo. Continue reading A to Z Challenge: F is for Fluttering Butterflies