Ideas are a matter of taste. What is a good idea to some is a bad idea or boring to others.
A good idea is a clever solution to a problem – one I have never seen before.
But if an idea is not taken up and used as a solution to a problem, it has no value.
It becomes a non-idea.
Lying in a drawer, it is useless.
Worse than useless, it’s a complete waste of space.
Ideas have to be applied before they can be recognized as good ideas.
Even a bad idea executed is better than a good idea undone.
The longer it is used, the better the idea is considered to be.
That is why the wheel is considered the best idea ever!
– A page out of Paul Arden’s book
What does this have got to do with Public Speaking you say?
In fact, it’s a big reason why I’ve decided to become an educator.
You see, I’ve always believed that ideas have the potential to transform lives. Secretly, I think that’s something I share with the late Steve Jobs too!
But the main thing is this: Ideas – Knowledge, Information, Experiences – can be used to effect change, and change by itself holds the potential for positivity.
Which is why, Public Speaking is such an important skill: The One who can speak, holds the power to change lives, sometimes even millions of lives, forever. At the very least, he/she can change the lives of the people around him/her, if not him/herself.
Are your ideas getting through? Or are you still too afraid keeping them in the drawer?
Make it a point to share them with others, this New Year!