What to say when a heckler sits on the front row of your presentation and questions all you say and all you do? I, personally, heckled him back and the result was great fun and I think I made a few new friends. I have had the incredible opportunity to present several times about social/mobile/marketing engagement. The mix depends upon the crowd that I happen to be standing in front of. One thing I have learned over the years is to think on my feet and keep it rolling. It may have something to do with my time on stage stranded as on actress when a scene partner dropped a line or failed to make the necessary exit to move the show along – yep, it’s happened, many times. It may also be that I grew up in a large family and ended up having a large family myself and getting the floor was a rare occasion, but when I did get it, I held on to it tightly. And it may also be that I enjoy the banter and the slewing of information that takes place in my head whenever I am talking about a subject I am so passionate about…
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through…
I could go on and on about dentistry. As well as coaching volleyball or the fine art of sales. Recruiting is always a front-runner and marketing – awww- be still my heart. I have loved every profession I have ever attempted. I have learned that if I do not feel hurried, challenged, or crazed at some point during my work week that something has gone terrible wrong. These are truly the moments I crave, the times when I know that my brain is in full-on learning mode, that it is grasping at every straw, trying to make sense, and then computing as well as finding a place in my crowded mind where new information can be easily accessed and used.
I thought that the older I got, that information would be learned more easily, that I could maintain coherency on most days. Not so, declares my weary head. It screams at me, “You have learned too much”, I used to scream back, but now I quiet it with moments of mind-blowing thinkitude, and then promptly forget all I have just learned. Eventually, some of it does seep back and I try to use what I have learned “in a sentence” or simply life. It is not as easy as I would like, but the alternative is not an option I’d like to ponder. When I stop thinking, when I stop learning – either the earth will have stopped moving or I have become one with that ever-moving glorious earth.
I think, therefore I am
I do, therefore I become. It’s an old habit. It will die hard like the rest of me. Becoming is what I am about. A perpetual state of becoming means I have not yet arrived. And that makes me a force. A force to be recognized and reckoned with. Ask the guy in the front row of my presentation – he won’t sit there again.
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“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” – Anaïs Nin, Author
by Rayanne Thorn