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Sunday, 27th November marked the launch of the book "On Becoming" by award winning On-Air Personality, Toke Makinwa. The book chronicles Toke and Maje Ayida’s failed marriage. It was not a pleasant experience for Toke but she has picked up valuable lessons from the experience and she has made it into a book for sale.
Not all experiences were made to break you. There is a lesson from every experience in life – pleasant or unpleasant- embrace it as part of your journey. Rather than stay in the mud, sulk, and wait for people to feel sorry or laugh at you, you should get up, discover the significance of the experience and share the solution derived to people. There is an audience waiting to listen to you and ready to learn from you.
This is a key element for a Public Speaker. This is positioning. At the heart of every presentation for a Public Speaker is a Core Message. This message is often derived from our experiments and experiences. The tested principles that become solutions that your audience want to listen to.
Every Public Speaker needs to be a life-long learner; a student of the School of Life. Your mind has to be open to spot valuable lessons from happenings around you. It doesn’t necessarily have to be your own experience, it could be another person’s but the important thing is that you have derived a formula or lesson or principle worth sharing.
Think about it; Newton’s Law, Faraday’s Law, Law of Thermodynamics and the rest of them, didn’t fall from heaven, experiments and experiences led to each one of them being formulated. And each one works when applied in ideal situations.
Why do you think employers always seek years of experience when hiring? It is because it is assumed that you have acquired some wisdom and principles in the past that can be beneficial to help achieve their business goals. Work experience is not necessarily about how many years you have worked, but the value you bring to the table from your past work life.
Are you allowing every of your experience pass away without taking note of the significant lessons from it? Someone needs to learn from your experience. Someone needs to make progress from your experience. More importantly, you can earn from your experience.
What solutions is your message providing?
Be solution-focused this week.