Add Originality To Your Presentations

 

Add Originality To Your Presentations

 

Lesson Info

Reveal Your Super Powers

So we want to reveal your super powers now, we're calling this super you, and are in-studio audience, they have a sheet like this. Those of you at home, you can download it, it's there for you to download, and what we want you to do is take a few moments to fill this out, because we're going to show you how to use it. So you can fill it out now and come back to the video, or you can keep moving along with us. We want to use this to really think about who we are and identify some of those areas that make us unique. So, yeah, I think that's all I need to say about that. So we would want you to fill out the super you form and we want to, after we have filled it out, and we've gone through it, then we're going to eventually ask you to identify and circle the areas that are kind of quote unquote most true for you. So here is an example of what, I actually filled this it, because I would never ask you to do something I don't do myself. So I filled this out and thought about, I actually did c...

all one of my best friends and say, how would you describe me, and tried to get real traits that I think are accurate and truthful about me, and also things that I felt comfortable sharing in front of whoever is watching this, right. So there may be other things that are true that I was like, that is none of their business. So for me, this is what's true. So I have all of these different things. Loyal came up for me a lot. Shy is something that I find challenging about myself. For example, I can be really shy and socially awkward at the most inconvenient moments. I mentioned earlier, I've lived on three continents. I do improv; I travel; I love gardening; I don't like horror movies; I'm allergic to cilantro. So if you gave this to someone about me, it gives them like a little snapshot perhaps of who I am and different traits that I have personally identified, and they aren't just negative and they aren't just positive. They're sort of a nice, clear cut, of who I am in different ways. What were you gonna say or ask? I was just gonna say that I love that you like/love manatees. I didn't know that-- Manatees-- and I just wanted to call that out. ...are one of my favorite animals. When I was a child, I used to write, where all my other friends were writing to celebrities, I used to write to Sea World, so I could get manatee pictures. So I have some glossy 8 x 10's if anyone's interested of manatee's at my house still today. Were the manatee's signing those photos for you? I assume so. All right. I don't know. I don't know who else would do that. So I have, this is a good kind of just (mumbles) section of who I am and who we are, and one of the reasons we like to ask people to do this is because there are so many things about ourselves we take for granted, or so many little pieces that make us the giant puzzle that we are. So it can be really helpful to thoughtfully sit down, without a lot of judgment either, and really sit down, and think about, I find when I teach a college course, and I ask my students to do this, and what I find is that they jam through the things that are challenging about them, often well that's the one that's easy for us to fill out, we're much more self critical than maybe we need to be, and than when it gets to things like, what's positive about you, what makes you so unique, right, we have a much harder time identifying those things because we live in our own body, and we sometimes forget, what is awesome, amazing, and special. So it's worth taking a little time, I think, to fill this out, and address those things for yourself, because as you're doing presentations and moving through this idea of originality, it gives you a place to start pulling information from. So we want to give you an example of that. I went through and I identified some of the ones that I think are most true for me. So I consider myself to be very creative. I like to sew, I like to make things, right. I really like to create with other people. I'm very giving, like, I love spending time making a gift for someone, or thinking about the gift that someone wants, and like, I love that, it gives me a lot of pleasure to find the right gift, or give someone something that I know really matters to them. I definitely overthink. I am one of those people who stays up at night spinning on things that I can't do anything about. I'm just overthinking, and it's something I'm working on, but it's something that can get in my way sometimes, where I'm not taking action, I'm just thinking, and thinking, and thinking, and thinking. I have no sense of time. I blame my Mom, because when we used to go on road trips, and we said, how much longer do we have, she always said 10 minutes, no matter how long it was. So my brother and I both blame her for our time warp. I collage, so I like to make collages, it's one of my most favorite things to do. So if you look at this list, those five things, they don't necessarily go together very well. Right, there are some things there that may be juxtaposed or that you could see that when they all combine together, they could be problematic or they could be glorious. So that's what we're gonna ask you to do, is to look at your list, and think about the ones that are most true for you, and circle those, and you can try this several different times in several different ways, and just see what comes up for you each time you try it. Yeah Yeah. In the Speechless team, when we have, you know, little team retreats, we sometimes do this where we'll put it up with poster board. So if you're thinking of finding a way to collaborate and learn more about people that you maybe work with, we find that to be a great way to just, not only learn more about people, but also, like she was saying, tell people what their good at and what makes them unique, and special, and talented, and valued on the team, because sometimes we are a little unwilling to share those things, or maybe we don't want to toot our own horn, but it's a fun way to do it, because you put all of your things that you think up on the board, and then you have people go around and do another round where they add to it, and it just feels good. It feels good to know how you are perceived and valued by the people that you worked with, and then you have like that little short list of super powers that you can kind of really try to live up to if you will. And it's a great way to feel seen and heard as well. I know the last time we did this, it was really cool to have those post-it's and know that like, the other people on my team see parts of me I didn't even know that they saw, or noticed, or appreciated, and so it's really validated in that way, not just do it ourselves, but as Sammy said, to have colleagues do it together. It's really nice.

Class Description

Have you ever sat through an excruciatingly mind-numbing speech, one that you seem to have heard a thousand times before? If you don’t want to be that presenter who bores people to tears, you’ll need to find a way to inject some originality into your presentations. But how?

The key to making your presentations interesting is to amplify and embrace your unique self. This course is all about developing your point of view, cultivating your individual humor and honing your distinctive voice. By using improvisational and theater-based exercises, we’ll tap into your extraordinary individuality.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Build confidence and embrace authenticity.
  • Apply your unique perspective to storytelling and creation.
  • Discover what is distinctive about your point of view.
  • Cultivate your sense of humor in an authentic way.
  • Conquer your stage fright.
  • Avoid being boring, too technical, or too bland.