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I need to be reminded, from time to time, why taking risks is important. I thought I'd pass on this article by John Zimmerman as it hit the mark for me.
Public Speaking is a RISK.


From the Desk of John Zimmerman

Did you ever have a really bad public speaking experience?
For example,

  • Did you ever forget what you wanted to say?
  • Did you ever get lost, or stuck in traffic en route, and arrive too late?
  • Did you ever have trouble speaking because you were so nervous?
  • Did the equipment ever stop working and leave you in the lurch?
  • Did the audience ever ask questions you couldn’t answer?
  • Did you ever lose a speech contest?
  • Did you ever get negative feedback?
  • Did you ever get laughed at?
  • Did you ever miss out on a sale or business opportunity or contract or job because of a bad presentation?
  • Did you ever think that you were not cut out to be a public speaker?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above, congratulations. You’re in good company.

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above, congratulations. You’re in good company.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Public speaking is a risk.

Every time we stand up in front of others, we are taking a risk. Things can, and do, go wrong. We can get hurt in the process. Sometimes a little, sometimes more than a little. It’s part of the deal; it’s part of the process; it’s part of the price of admission.

If you’ve never had a bad public speaking experience, chances are you haven’t done much public speaking. If you want to improve, there is only one real way and that is to speak. And if you speak, you will certainly have setbacks. You can’t avoid them forever.

However, the critical part is what you do after the setback. Watch the video again and imagine what a shame it would have been if the talented people who are featured had given up in the face of their own setbacks.

Public speaking is a risk. Just like life. But if you persevere, the rewards are tremendous.

John Zimmer

What's next ? ...

Nothing has changed.
The body is susceptible to pain,
It mu
st eat and breath air and sleep,
It has thin skin and blood right underneath,
An adequate stock of teeth and nails,
Its bones are breakable, its joints are stretchable.
In tortures all this is taken into account.

Nothing has changed.
The body shudders as it is shuddered
Before the founding of Rome and after,
In the twentieth century before and after Christ.
Tortures are as they were, it’s just the earth that’s grown smaller,
And whatever happens seems on the other
side of the wall.

Nothing has changed.
It’s just that there are more people,
Besides the old offenses, new ones have appeared,

Real, imaginary, temporary, and none,
But the howl with which the body responds to them,
Was, and is, and ever will be a howl of innocence
According to the time-honored scale and tonality.

Nothing has changed.
Maybe just the manners, ceremonies, dances,
Yet the movement of the hands in protecting the head is the same.
The body writhes, jerks, and tries to pull away
Its legs give out, it falls, the knees fly up,
It turns blue, swells, salivates, and bleeds.

Nothing has changed.
Except of course for the course of boundaries,
The lines of forests, coasts, deserts, and glaciers.
Amid these landscapes traipses the soul,
Disappears, comes back, draws nearer, moves away,
Alien to itself, elusive
At times certain, at others uncertain of its own existence,
While the body is and is and is
And has no place of its own.

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