equals energy. But given that we can’t change the speed of light, the only thing we can change is mass. I’m doing my part, bulking up the mid-section so that I am a more energetic person.But I’m talking about a different energy. Heard a post-Olympic interview with some bronze finisher yesterday say something to the effect, “I just didn’t have the energy/fire to compete today.” What?! You’re in the OLYMPICS, and you can’t get up for that? What hope do I have to when I do a mundane presentation if an Olympic athlete can’t get up for the event he’s trained his whole life for?Tom Antion blogs today about energy while speaking. I’ve long said that the only person that can bring the energy without fail to a presentation (yes, I’m quite aware an audience can energize a speaker, but the speaker can’t rely on that) is the speaker. You have to BRING IT. And if you are doing repetitive stuff, this can be a problem. I’ll be teaching a class again in a few weeks that I think is my 37th edition of the course. The jokes are getting tiresome; the exercises can be done in my sleep; I can set my clock by when I finish sections. I’m about tired of it. But I must recall Rule #1. And then know that THEY (my new audience) aren’t tired of it. So I have to bring it. Every time. If they’re a dud, I can’t be. If they’re great, I can be greater still. But there is no excuse for me not to be excited about the topic, speech, situation, or presentation.

Bring or manufacture enough energy to give your audience the full fire they deserve.

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