Have you ever challenged yourself to do something you weren’t comfortable with; taken a risk and put yourself out there?
At this year’s Counselors Academy conference, we added a new element this year; Ignite-style presentations. We called ours 52Ns (5 minutes to inspire). I have attended Ignite in the past and had marveled at the individuals who take on this 5min/20 slide presentations. So when Tom Garrity asked me to do one I said yes.
Oh crap. Then the anxiety came rushing in...what will I talk about, I can't possibly inspire anyone, let alone in 5mins. What if I make a fool of myself?
Well, even if I were to make a fool of myself, I made the commitment to do it, so I had to do it.
That was January. By early mid-March I still had no clue what to say. By late April I knew...a love letter to my dog. I had put Viva to sleep at the end of March. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do....and that became my 52N. And once I had my topic, the presentation basically wrote itself.
I have never done anything that challenged me to think like that before. There are certain guidelines to follow when making this type of presentation. I have done hundreds of talks on industry-related topics, but never anything so personal.
But it was a story I wanted to tell and the outpouring of love that I felt before, during and after was something I will never forget.
Here is the link...I look forward to your thoughts.