The following guest blog was kindly provided by Philippe, around his experience in Slow School’s Talk on Purpose program.
I had just finished my talk and come off the stage. One man came up to me and said: “I have seen you speak before, but you appeared very different tonight, with much stronger presence yet relaxed.”
Yes, I felt this too – mostly because this panel discussion in front of entrepreneurs occurred soon after I had finished Talk on Purpose, a program offered by The Slow School of Business. And that training and process have been a game changer for me.
The training happens over four consecutive days, with a final delivery of one’s speech on the last day, a Friday night. I knew when I signed up for this program that I would find it challenging.
I arrived on the Tuesday morning with a draft of my speech that I wasn’t very happy with, but I looked forward to the assistance of the five amazing facilitators. Then, for two long days, I was in a fog. I couldn’t see where I was going, what my speech would be, or how to deliver it. However, I placed my trust in the process, in the team of classmates around me, and in the facilitators.
On Wednesday evening, I had my great moment of clarity: I now understood what my message would be and how I hoped to communicate it. On Thursday, I wrote about 13 drafts of my speech, rehearsed, repeated it over and over, and simplified it to get rid of what was not essential. Friday morning, all we trainees delivered our new versions of our speech, and received valuable feedback from the facilitators. Then it was back to writing and re-writing the script! Two hours before the delivery in front of a live audience, I was still making small adjustments and final polishing touches. I trusted the process.
Friday night was magic: we all stood up in front of the audience, delivered our speeches from a place of authenticity, and the message came across.
Disposable Design is Killing Us – Philippe Guichard
Talk on Purpose, August 2015
Philippe Guichard is a Melbourne-based industrial designer and entrepreneur. Website: philippeguichard.com.au