Talk on Purpose is a 4 day full-time program where you learn to deliver a 3-5 minute TED-like talk about your purpose. It gets videoed so you get practice with public speaking and being on camera too!
This program is delivered through The Slow School of Business, which is a place where business owners – that want to make a difference in the world and be prosperous – can play. The environment provides experiential learning so you can test things out before you take them to your own market.
I decided I was ready to step up the messaging in my business and needed some help to nail it. I nervously turned up on the first day, trying to not freak out as I knew I was headed for seriously unknown territory.
I was totally over prepared and under prepared at the same time.
On the one hand I’d spent the previous three weeks thrashing out 8000 words of ideas and inspirations on what I thought my talk would be about.
None of this was used.
Within the first hour of being there we each had to stand up and speak to the group for one minute on why we were there. Our one minute talks were videoed. I could see exactly how poor I was in front of a live group with no clear message – sorry – I could see how much room I had to grow…
My walk into the fog started – now.
By the middle of the second day I was the last person to have a script. I was stressing pretty hard by this stage, worrying about what the heck will I be memorizing for the live talk on the Friday night? And more importantly, why can’t I fix this problem of mine that I was so ready to put straight?
Sandy McDonald is one of the facilitators, and she asked me a couple of very simple questions around what has frustrated me over the years of doing this work.
I was surprised at the level of personal confrontation I found myself in and the emotion that brought up. I’d been frustrated that it felt like the people I had served didn’t fully understand the value of what they had…it’s not to say they didn’t like their photos, because they did, but it often felt like something had been missing from the conversation.
It was that, that had frustrated me.
Interestingly, that then forced the important question to confront: what had I neglected to tell them?
Light bulbs went off like firecrackers.
I wrote my talk in about an hour, had the inimitable Jon Yeo (TEDx Melbourne curator) read it and give structural feedback over his toasted sandwich. I reworked it for another half hour, and the rest is history.
I delivered it that afternoon in a practice-run to the group. Bam! The room erupted. It landed and I felt a huge surge of great.
I passed the third day rehearsing it and clocked about 100 run-throughs in the living room at home.
The presentation of my talk you see here is clunky in delivery – that live-audience thing was a one-time deal.
To be fair I was also photographing the entire four day program and was last of ten to speak, so…I was a bit peaked by the time I finally got up. If I delivered it to you now in a casual environment it would be much smoother.
And so it’s not perfect and that tests me because I like things to be the best they can be when they go out.
But on the other hand, it’s my development and content that I’m very proud of, as well as the growth in self-worth I experienced.
Talk on Purpose is just brilliant.
They do say it’s not for the faint-hearted, and there is some truth to that! It is scary but going to the unknown is where discoveries are made and change takes place.
In my case it pushed me to look at a deep frustration I had held for 9 years. 4 days and 3.5 minutes later it was finally resolved in three key words. Snap!
So Talk on Purpose gives the opportunity for a profound break through. It would be a great program to do for example once every year or two because as your ideas change and evolve, there is always a new frontier to conquer.
More can be found on Talk on Purpose here.