One of a few audio books I’m currently working my way through is Carmine Gallo’s Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds. I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak at an event or conference now and again. I’m also a big fan of TED talks, big enough to recognize how much room for growth I have in terms of speaking abilities. The author viewed hundreds of TED presentations and identified the traits that made them so powerful. I’m barely started with the book, but I’ve already been challenged.
The first key component Gallo discusses involves knowing what you are passionate about and being able to share that passion with an audience. It involves communicating the idea that “makes your heart sing.” As I listened, I found myself trying to put my passion into words. What gets me going? Why is what I might have to say, particularly about technology, worth hearing? It’s not at easy a task to define this as it sounds, at least for me. Here is what I have come up with so far:
That’s it. I passionately believe if we as educators can teach and can use technology in ways that expose students to new possibilities for their lives and equip them to achieve these possibilities, we’ve hit the mark.
What do you think? What is your passion? Why is what you’re selling worth buying?