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How Bold Are You? Don't Try This at Home.1051

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I used to do triathlons.

An absolute fundamental lesson was NEVER try/wear something new on race day.

No new swim suit or gear. Something will rub or not fit. I know!

No new bike parts. Something will break. I know!

No new shoes. Blisters. I know!

Despite this wisdom gained from experience I haven't learned to NOT try new things when I speak. I have Meetups to practice at. But I wait till the big event.

Why oh why?

And something will go wrong. I know!

Yet I try.

At my next big gig I am, despite all good sense, going to try something new. And though all audiences are important some have a greater potential reach. This upcoming gig in SF has a very big potential reach.

So tell me why I wouldn't go with tried and true. Tell me why I will go with untried and recipe for disaster on front of one of my most important audiences.

I don't know either.

the difference between bold and stupid is the outcome.

Why are some people willing to take risks and others aren't?

What's wrong with me?
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VERY

DO IT

NEVER SETTLE FOR MEDIOCRITY
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@lunar_ranger

Very encouraging words. Thx!

Other professional speakers will quickly realize how difficult, challenging maybe? even stupid what I will attempt to do is.

I have the typical 45-minute time slot.

I want to divide it up with an 18-minute Ted-style opening ... with a LIVE demonstration (always quite risky but much more powerful when it works) ... then open the second half for an AMA style exchange. Lots of times people learn more in the Q n A than in the presentation. But also risky ... what if nobody has any questions? Or are too shy because of the size of the group? (I will have reserve questions and content to tap in to.)
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Things break.
Example: Toastmasters is a place to practice speaking and leadership skills in a safe and secure environment. When you goof up, you are doing it in front of people who support you.

What will you be doing that requires live rather than slides/videos? Your live demonstration is likely to break in one way or another. I'd make it several slides or a video that can be presented.

How are you splitting up your 27 minutes of live and ama?

How are you best using the time of your audience?
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Audiences often learn more in the Q n A than in the presentation.

Yeah... things break. Remember IPL in LA?

It's non-conventional and definitely unwise to try ... especially at this upcoming event.

But, I can't resist. Help me Mr. Wizard! Help me!
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Even I need help in this.
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