The Power of 26 – A to Z Connects You and Me

Never ceases to amaze me.

The infinite power you hold in your fingertips.

Wielding a firm grasp of the alphabet and the talent which
sends the reader to the skies with unparalleled joy and vision
of the landscape you have painted.
Artistry goes beyond the brush my friends. I have tremendous
admiration and a touch of envy for those gifted individuals who can
paint a portrait, landscape, emotion with the right colours and textures.
Equally it is hard to not be impressed by someone who draws well.

Regrettably talents which have eluded me to date.

For better or worse, my artistic passion was and remains the alphabet.
Or perhaps more correctly how we use those letters to form the words
which guide our heads and hearts.

Last night I stepped somewhat out of my comfort zone in presenting
a new speech format.

I was a ‘guest’ in a simulated TV interview and my ‘host’ asked
me 1/2 dozen or so questions. I learned, in reviewing my tape,
how important brevity is. My answers, while solid, were too long.

It was a departure from form which to my surprise, unnerved me
more than I imagined it might.

Change is always scary. And so is staying in the same place.
What last night’s experience taught me was the importance
to relax, have a conversation not one-upmanship with my host.

Several individuals commented how well they thought I did.
I ‘reached them’, engaged the audience and all those things that make
you warm and memorable to your listeners.

No doubt about it dear readers, If It Ain’t On The Page, It Ain’t On The Stage.

It became evident to me the importance of knowing the words of my
answers ahead of time…but the most startling moment was my spontaneity
when asked an unplanned question. And my tongue did not desert me.
The words were right where I needed them and I was
the master of the moment just as I needed to be.

Our ability to convey a thought or emotion on paper is, I believe, a great talent
in and of itself. Many people know how to write. Fewer are writers. Those who
are, are revealed quickly, as their words explode from the pages, and resonate
with the reader long after the passage was written.

As I continue to discover in my professional capacity, the carriers of these thoughts
and words are endlessly evolving.  Newspapers and magazines – The Print Media- are
being hastened to the sidelines it seems, by the masses who can’t wait to usher in a world
of exclusively digital communication.
This may or may not be a good thing. Every change means leaving something behind.
Sometimes the items brought forward are less valuable than they seemed.

The mere act of me connecting my A to Z’s with you through this electronic post
is proof enough that change is always constant. In another age, I would be hard
pressed to reach you as openly or as inexpensively as this media allows.

As you march your letters forward into your daily challenges, battles, praise,
I implore you to always remember the magnificent power you have at your fingertips.
The Power of 26.

Dennis Kelly
dennis@firstimpressionsmedia.ca
http://www.firstimpressionsmedia.ca

 

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The Power of 26 – On The Tip of My Tongue

In a recent post, I shared the disheartening experience of finishing
3rd in a 3 person contest, but philosophically expressed the importance
of being prepared.

It’s one thing to be bested by someone else in any contest or event.

It’s another when you are defeated because you didn’t try or offer up your best.
Dad taught me hundreds of lessons, but among the most memorable was
after a baseball game, when there were too many losses in a season, he asked if
I had played my best. When I said yes, he said ‘That’s ALL you can ask for.’

Being prepared and playing or participating to the best of your talents is all
you can offer. Finishing less than first is no shame if you’ve given it everything
you’ve got.

But the importance of being prepared was not lost on me because only a few
days later I was called upon to be a substitute in the next contest.
It was to be 90 seconds to 2 minutes of unrehearsed presentation.
A demonstration of how well you can think on your feet and
come up with an engaging story without benefit of writing it out
ahead of time.

And this my dear readers is where preparedness takes over. It was a topic
right in my wheelhouse and the gods were smiling on my silver tongue as
I was able to weave 26 letters together for the First Place Speech.

This time I was first of 3 speakers. While it was unrehearsed, I was no less
prepared by having done similar situations perhaps several hundred times now.
The words flowed readily because of the comfort of having done it before.

Everyday is a rehearsal for your next success. Sometimes it seems invisible.
Beyond reach. Out of your grasp.  And all the while the right moment is simmering,
waiting for the chance when your talent and opportunity come together to become
your stage to shine.

Don’t ever stop practicing. Rehearsing. Preparing. Reading. Learning.
Training. It has been expressed by many successful people in all fields of
endeavour that they are ‘lucky’.  Nearly everyone of them will attest that the
harder they work, the more luck they have.

Your successes are not ‘once and done’. Rather they should be an ongoing
stream of opportunities tried. Some resounding successes where you are showered with
accolades and or riches. Other efforts it may feel like ‘she got the gold mine,
and you got the shaft’, but these are only occasional hiccups
to spur you to greater successes.

Don’t ever let one success or failure be your defining moment.
Your growing power to wield those 26 letters with authority and confidence
will move the world to behave exactly as you wish it to be.

That’s The Power of 26.

Dennis Kelly
dennis@firstimpressionsmedia.ca
http://www.firstimpressionsmedia.ca