… Begins With A Single Step
It was a position with an abundance of potential, good and bad; a Field of Dreams and a political minefield. It was the key fill in a major restructuring and, thankfully, the one position I was least qualified to hold. And when the smoke cleared, it was mine.
An invitation to attend an executive seminar on Business Process Re-engineering arrived soon afterward, to be conducted by the world’s foremost BPR evangelist. It was a mesmerizing experience. But it was not the content that was mesmerizing (I already knew that); it was the presentation of that content – appropriate to the audience – that grabbed my attention. Years of management experience had provided opportunities to hone competent-to-good presentation skills; in fact I was already doing this type of presentation to in-house audiences.
I did the math in the room: 250 people, $2000 per person seminar fee, subtracted generously for meals and breaks and administrative staff. When I saw the final number, I knew I found the path. And I realized I had just taken that first step….
…That became a 20 year journey of over a million miles through 35+ states, and other countries across three continents, speaking to groups as small as one to over a thousand in all sorts of venues and formats. It became, and was, my Dream Job.
Some of you have already taken that first step. Congratulations! I hope your journey is memorable. For the rest of you, your journey can not start until YOU take that first step. If you don’t take it, you don’t move forward and we will all be the worse for that.
Take that first step.
No, I’m not talking about the character trait a person having ‘audacity’ as in making bold moves, I’m talking about the Audacity software program, the FREE, open-source, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and a few other operating systems. The interface can even be translated into different languages.
You can use Audacity to:
- Record live microphone audio from the audio input on your computer. Just connect up the appropriate mic, hit the record button and start talking
- Convert old tapes or records into digital recordings or CDs
- Edit common sound file types like MP3, WAV
- Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together. Take two or three different sections of recorded MP3 audio, input them into Audacity, then edit and combine all three source files into one continuous MP3 file, and finally save and export into a single MP3 file
It’s just that easy!
So, now….Do you have the audacity to download the Audacity program?
If so, click on the Audacity logo( or link) to download and see the complete list of features.
One consideration for all speakers is the size of the audience. When you speak to 5 people versus 500 people, the “feel” is totally different. When you practice your speech by yourself or in front of a few friends and then go to speak in front of 300 people, you will know that there is a difference. This difference may force you to communicate your message slightly different. Every speaker has had the experience in their career of speaking in a large room capable of holding 300 people but have only 5-10 people in the room. This experience is totally different than if you were speaking to the same 5-10 people but the room was a small classroom.
The final size of your audience matters. You have to take into consideration the number of people that will be in the room and how many people will fit into the room. That is a question you must ask of your meeting planner and that answer may influence how you present.
Rules to know!