The second tenet to embracing existential presenting is accepting that our choices define us.
All of the choices you have made in the past (saying yes, turning left, going for that job, voicing your opinion when others are quiet) have made you who you are today. These choices are woven into your life’s mosaic.
If our individual mosaic is made up of past choices, then we can choose to be different going forward.
Your mosaic is not predetermined.
Can you see how your choices today define who you will become tomorrow?
You have a choice. You can continue to present your ideas in the way you have done in the past, or you can choose to have impact. You can follow the way it has always been done (in your company, it this situation, for this topic) or you can choose another way.
All of the choices you make right now will define the type of presenter you are tomorrow.
Think about every little choice you make every day. There are thousands (go ahead and try to track them – it’s overwhelming). Some of these choices we make without thinking any longer. They have become an unconscious habit.
Thing about every little choice you make in sharing your ideas. Whether in a conversation with one person or in a presentation in a group. There are a lot more choices being made then you realize.
This tenet is to increase your awareness of those choices. The choice of sharing your opinion with another person. The choice of your tone, the words you use, the place, the timing…all of these are choices.
Embrace the angst of presenting. It’s part of life!
You are presenting all day long. Every time you share an idea – whether you are in the boardroom, in a webroom, or across the table – you are presenting.
Presenting is communicating an idea.
Presenting with impact and influence means you get your idea across to your audience and it somehow changes them. It changes them so much they are ready to take action.