Monday, February 22, 2010

Just add water! DIY Recipe for Powerful Presentations.

[Guest Post from one of our long time reader. In fact if you are reading this you are also a long time reader. If you would like to post give a shout.]

As a kid, they had these tiny toys like sea monkeys and ponies - all you had to do was add water and they would grow, giving you hours on end of fun and excitement. At first, it was hard to imagine how a tiny pea-sized piece of foam (?) could transform itself into anything more than it was. But the box guaranteed that it would result to something more. It was different from a plant, plants take a long time to grow. This was just instant fun, watching a toy expand 12,000 percent just because of...water.

In the same way, we are so lucky to have a
well-written sabha syllabus to help us out with content and research, but you still need to add water to see the results.

So let's say you just got out of a great sabha and are energized. Your Sabha Sanchalak sense this and says, "Hey! Wanna do a presentation for next Sunday?!" You agree and viola the sanchalak gives you the presentation. You open it. Maybe just unfold the papers of the printout, or maybe click to open a file, but either way, within a few minutes or a few days, it sinks in - this presentation is not going to do itself. The syllabus is awesome but it still needs some water, that water is you! The presentation starts with you.

Each time we "do a presentation" we have a unique opportunity to prepare and engage with the satsang concepts presented in the topic, select meaningful prasangs, and gather appropriate research in order to draw associations, insights, and main points that can benefit everyone in the sabha. And what's more, research shows us that it's not just what we say, it's also how we say it.

And then we have a 20-minute window (more or less) on a Sunday afternoon to share our understanding with our peers, to engage in a conversation with them, and mutually come away with the inspirations in that topic.

Where's your water? How are you adding the water to your syllabus presentation notes? Let us know so we can share any tips and ideas on how you prepare for and think about a presentation to bring it to life!

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