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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.

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

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