Allowing Your Skills to Flourish

In just two weeks I'll be presenting at the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. March 6-9th. I'm so excited - and yes nervous! I'm not only giving three presentations on storytelling from different angles (giving presentations, social + traditional media, and "finding the heart of your story"), but I'm also first out of the gate for a Pedal Love Council keynote on "How Bicycling Makes Lemonade" as the opening plenary for the entire summit.

Whew. Yes, I've taken on quite a bit. But this time I'm going to be really ready. This time I'm allowing my skills and talents to flourish by truly preparing well in advance.

In the past when I've stepped up my game and asked for a bigger assignment I've often sabotaged myself from being my best when it came time to actually perform. Maybe you know this one? Wanting to take on something bigger, knowing you now have the talent to step up your game, but then just not allowing yourself to spend the time you need to brush and polish your skills to their very best.

My way of sabotaging myself when I was a teen and young adult, and then again after I got divorced at 36, was to overwork at what I needed to do to pay the bills, and obsessing over different men and romantic relationships. Not always, but certainly often enough I did this to the point that I had little energy and to focus on my own art, my own writing and other possibilities that I was passionate about - especially at the point when I was just really starting to get into my groove and shine.

How about you?

Now I realize that allowing myself to personally flourish at my art, at my craft, at my teaching, and coaching is what I need to focus on in order to flourish in any other aspect of my life.

What does this mean for me for the summit? It means that I worked on writing and practicing my 15-minute keynote over and over again this past weekend, and I'll continue to do that over the next two weeks. Remember TED works with the speakers they put on their TED Global stage for 6-9 months ahead of time. I want to have my keynote down cold.

I'll also be going over my three presentations again, and again, to make sure they're at their best - and - making sure they're really timely and current in the images and examples I'm pointing to. Listening ahead of time is a big part of giving engaging presentations.

What would it take for you to really flourish as a storyteller to elevate your voice for more active, sustainable, mindful mobility? What would it take for you to give your next presentations with only minimal notes, and your next speech with no notes at all? Are you ready to jump in?

If you are I'd love to know what you're up to and how it's playing out for you.

If you're attending the summit I hope you'll join me for one of my presentations - including this hands-on storytelling intensive.