Perhaps one of the best pieces on presenting I've read in a long, long time:
- By a teacher
- By a presenter/speaker
- By an expert
- All, in fact!
Having succeeded in 'telling' his story, it dawns on him later that he missed Holden's gold ring:
I now see that I let great opportunities walk away from me. I shared my story with visitors, but visitors had related stories to share as well.
I wish I had had the insight to draw them out last night.
Next time I will do what I didn’t do this time. I will interview the visitors. In our conversations I will ask more questions about who they are, where they are, and what they do. I will ask about their experiences and get their opinions.
Their stories can only enrich my own.
Nobody needs a raised eyebrow or drum roll to put this in teaching-in-the-classroom terms. It's kinda obvious.
Hats off to Jeff Utecht for saying what we all should say. Better yet, for seeing it in the mirror first, rather than from the cheap seats in the audience.