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Janice Dickinson, Business Coach?

I’m really not much of a TV watcher. So I surprised even myself recently when I found myself unable to change the channel away from the Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency reality show. It was like a car accident. I new I shouldn’t be watching but I couldn’t turn away. 

Apparently this Janice Dickinson person was at some point in her life (and maybe she still is) a famous super model. Now she is living in a house with several “wanna be” supermodels and (insert typical reality show formula here).  In this particular episode, one of the super models had made a serious runway mistake and was in tears over her failure. But Janice, being the strong woman that she is, carefully explained to the young woman that failure is good. By failing, we now know what we need to do to get better, to improve and to succeed. Trite and cliché, yes, but dead on!
Oscar Wilde says experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

Last week I had the opportunity to make my first ever public speaking presentation. Let’s just say it was an “experience”. My presentation lacked structure, was too long and was not even remotely entertaining. I just filled my time with a lot of volume and noise.

Rhett Laubach at the Authenticity Rules blog talks about the five misconceptions of speaking. One of those misconceptions is that we have to give a ton of information to look credible. He goes on to say that particularly in today's busy and noisy world, audiences appreciate a presenter who makes things simple and who takes less time than they are given. Credibility is not accomplished by data volume, but by presenter authenticity.

LaShunda Rundles was selected as the 2008 World Champion of Public Speaking a few weeks ago at the Toastmasters International convention in Calgary, Alberta. In an interview at the Six Minutes blog Ms. Rundles advised, “To become a better speaker I encourage people to just practice, practice, practice.”

With all of that being said, I had a blast. I have caught the bug. I can hardly wait to restructure my presentation, practice it and then deliver it again. Whether it’s in sales, sports, super modeling, or public speaking, mistakes will be made. It’s what you do with that experience that makes the difference.

What’s the biggest business mistake you ever made and what did you learn from it?


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