Jenny Severson is talented.
She has a genuine, intelligent quality about her that I have seen since we first met, working together at a SuperCamp program in Illinois back in 1994. Since then, she has developed into a sought after educational presenter and consultant.
Last week I had the chance to hear her present information on group and personal motivation, which was a treat-and-a-half because she is so well read and does her homework (versus typical motivational speaker syndrome).
Key points I took away both during and after thinking about her presentation:
- Motivation is increased by surrounding oneself with people who give us an emotional jolt
- Some people have an incorrect mentality of: 'The beatings will stop when the morale improves', that decreases motivation
- Principles: level one is to know them; level two is to do them, level three is to be them
- It can be good to feel regret over decisions made - this can motivate us to want to improve
Also, Jenny treats her time with the audience as time within a bigger picture, not time about her. She related her dialogue and points to points made earlier by other speakers and audience members - not toss off relations, but meaningful, thoughtful ones. This is an advanced move, as beginners are naturally too focused on themselves to go outside their own head much.
When I listen to and watch a truly masterful public communicator, it focuses my thoughts, letting me think and dwell on a topic in a more organized fashion, going along for a ride with someone who brings freshness and life to it.