On presenting and monumental changes

On presenting When you stand in front of a crowd of any size, your presentation is meant to provide value. Providing value is the broadest definition of presenting that I can use that doesn't discount another form—comedians provide the value of laughing and teachers provide the value of an education. They are all presenting something worth listening to. As you prepare for a presentation, remember this in every word that you write in preparation and say in real time. For what other purpose do you exist in that moment? Let not vanity grab hold of you and absorb your thoughts as to what people may think of you as the presenter. Quite the opposite should happen—you should disappear into the presentation as the information and insight you convey to the audience takes over. You should get them inside of their own heads rather than get their attention on you. Of course, speak with an end in mind and make sure that end is powerful. Give your audience one thing to go home with and if nothing else, they will take that one sentence with them. Speak well, prepare well, and the rest will follow.

On monumental changes Few times in your life have you foreseen monumental changes in your path. Once when you first met people in the design space and figured out that they were willing to take a chance on you as a young employee. This catapulted you onto the path that you're on today and opened up your possibilities. Once when you decided to leave school so early and pursue the career opportunities that you had. These are two small turning points in your life that have turned out to be true. You seem to think that there has been a monumental change in your life in the last few days, though remember that you only have a premonition that this is true. Don't create the narrative before the narrative presents itself as true. Don't allow your expectations to falsely lead you down a path that you hope becomes true later on. Whether or not the last couple of days will change your life has yet to be seen. Your job is not to prophesy these moments but to live them. Your responsibility lies not in making these things happen but in making sure that your end of the deal is held up. Remain steadfast in your faith that the changes which face you are for the better and act accordingly. Do your job.