I love being a professional speaker. I love the stage, the lights, the roar of an audience laughing, spending hours crafting every word. When I hit that stage it's mine. I own it. I own that space. I walk in confidence. This is my zone. And being a professional, I want to be in command of what happens in the zone. My reputation is at stake. But today, I gave up the spotlight. Not totally – but for a while – I let the audience have a voice. That's a scary thing to do in a keynote, where it's expected that you will hear the speaker speak. And I did speak for a little bit. Okay, a lot. But today I wanted to do something really outside my comfort zone and open up the floor. I wanted to see what happens when I give up control and let someone else have the moment. And so I did. And it was really cool. I watched other people get up and speak. I watched the room respond to "one of them" having the platform. And it felt really good. I had the spotlight and I gave it away. Was it a success? I don't know. But it felt honest and raw and real. And I think I might have even been braver and showed up more when I didn't have the floor. I know, it's weird. And I'm still trying to get my arms around it. But the lesson I'm taking away from this today, is that sometimes in order to get the spotlight, we must learn to give it up. Let someone else shine. And be comfortable knowing your light isn't taken away – you've just increased it.I think I'll try it again soon. Who knows, maybe I can become the world's most famous motivational speaker who never says a word!
Sometimes In Order to Get the Spotlight We Must Give Up The Spotlight
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