So, I recently volunteered to help my friend Paul Do do some photography work for a charity called Glamour Gals. Their mission is to inspire and organize teens to provide ongoing complimentary beauty makeovers and companionship to women living in senior homes.
This particular event brought together inspirational speakers and team building tactics to motivate the teens and incidentally motivate anyone else in the room that listened. Public speaking has always been a challenge for me. I can think of a wonderful speech, write it down, rehearse it, but when I have to speak it in front of a poker faced audience who are clearly waiting to be inspired, my nerves get the best of me. It’s an awful feeling. I suppose they say it’s practice, nonetheless, I admire these woman, their grace and their courage to tell their story.
Two of the points that stood out to me, made by a few of the woman, but mainly Eliana M. Reyes were the importance of relevance and vulnerability when you are trying to connect heart to heart with someone. Below I have given my own interpretation of what this means to me.
Be Vulnerable – Share something intimate, something that allows the person or people to see into a window of your soul. Show a weakness, so that they are then comfortable showing weakness too. When you break down these barriers, you build trust and once there is trust, there is closeness and you are no longer alone because you have met someone who has felt your pain and you can now you can relate.
Relevance – sharing humble stories that people can relate to. There are many common things that adults and children go through. Dig deep and find something that impacted you, because most likely, this would have impacted them as well. Try to make it funny, so, that people feel at ease and can laugh at it as they are then able to laugh at themselves.
There were many other great points and insights into different ways of viewing things but since I was holding my camera and not a pen, I’m hoping it was all absorbed into my kingdom of wisdom within my brain somewhere to be used when needed at a later date. 🙂
And here I am, walking up to receive a book written by Eliana M. Reyes that I happened to win with a raffle ticket given to me by Paul. Paul says he never wins when he keeps the raffles to himself, but whoever he gives the raffle ticket to, somehow always wins 🙂
Thanks Paul! xo