Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Talker's Block

A guest post by fellow sabha.ologist  who says we should just get going already.

Imagine you’ve just been told by your sanchalaks that you’re doing a talk. Eager to start, you go on your laptop and pull up Microsoft Word. While thinking of the topic, you sit there, deep in thought (or so it seems), while your cursor blinks away on the blank Word Document.

Ten minutes pass...

You get a quick snack to recharge yourself...Nothing is coming....  Is it writer’s block? Is there such a thing?

Seth Godin doesn’t think so. He compared writer’s block with talker’s block.

He says, “No one suffers from talker’s block. No one wakes up in the morning, and discovers he or she has nothing to say and sits quietly, for days or weeks, until the moment is right, until all the craziness in his life has died down.”  

Seth’s point is, we should write like we talk. The best way to speak in sabha is to start speaking and/or writing your thoughts down, then refine them. “Writer’s block” is due to the censor part in your brain. To start preparing, we must forget about judgement. Just start writing. Out of your nonsense and ramblings, believe something good will come.  Using the three step success model, you can get your presentation going in no time!
  1. Synthesize your personal statement
  2. Start with a shakeup (something unexpected)
  3. Support the simple statement with stories filled with concrete details and validity.
Additionally, each time we prepare for a presentation, Maharaj & Swami have given us a change to delve deeper into the topic, select related prasangs, and gather up appropriate research so that we can draw connections, insights, and simple statements that can benefit everyone in the sabha.

Lastly, it’s important to realize that we don’t have to give up hours each day just to make one effective presentation. It only takes about 10 minutes a day to make one, especially if we begin the week it is assigned!

One great schedule format that could be used to prepare for a presentation was presented in Karcons across the nation, and is shown below:

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