Over the course of the last couple of years, I have had several people tell me that they think Joy and I need to tour the country and speak to people. Tell our story to the world. Inspire others.
Well this morning I got the privilege of doing something I have always wanted to do, deliver a motivational speech to a group of folks who have no idea who I am. Now, I am not in the public speaking business and don’t really have any intention of getting in it but I do know how to speak in front of people. I do it all the time and I can assure you that unlike the majority of Americans, speaking in front of people is not my greatest fear. In fact, I might be more comfortable with that type of conversation than a 1 on 1 with a new acquaintance.
So the question you should be asking right now is:
“How did this happen? How did a group of sane individuals think of you to deliver a motivational message?”
I know I have asked it a hundred times since I was first asked.
Well, from what I understand, it involved a lot of wine, someone who has an over inflated view of my ability to inspire, a low budget and the need to send some serious love to a group of leasing professional who have been working their tails off for the last year or so.
Enter: Andrew Bowen – Motivational Speaker
So being dedicated to my craft, I was sure to have a couple of calls with the leaders of this group to find out what message they needed delivered to this team. Through a lot of dialog that resembled a ping pong match:
Me: “What message would you like me to deliver?”
Them: “I don’t know, what do you normally deliver?”
Me: “I normally deliver a sales pitch but I doubt that is the message you want. I can put together anything for you.”
Them: “We just need them to be recharged. Why don’t you just relate your story?”
And there it was….”your story”.
Those words came up time and time again over the course of the week or so we discussed the message we needed to delivery. Just tell my story.
Do you have any idea how exposed you feel when the inspirational message is your own story?
What if they are not inspired? Well it is your story so obviously you are un-inspirational.
What if they find no value in it? Well obviously you are worthless.
What if they find it a waste of time? That speaks for itself, you are a waste of time.
So for the last several weeks I have been going through “my story” in my head. Rehashing it all over and over again so the delivery would be smooth this morning. Rehashing it until I developed a theme. “Life on the Line”
This morning came and I drove to the event, ready to share my story.
I shared stories about getting started in student housing
I shared stories about feeling overweight and listless
I shared about a black belt test gone wrong
I shared about breast cancer
I shared about learning from all of it and focusing our efforts on empowering others to live their healthiest lives
Was I inspirational? I don’t know, you would have to ask the audience but I will say this, it felt great to own my own story. So go ahead, go tell your story.