How speeches and presentations can help you find your muse
“IT SEEMS TO BE ONE OF THE PARADOXES OF CREATIVITY THAT IN ORDER TO THINK ORIGINALLY, WE MUST FAMILIARIZE OURSELVES WITH THE IDEAS OF OTHERS.”
A good speech or presentation is a good way to find your way to your muse. By letting the words of a knowledgeable and passionate speaker into your mind, and allowing yourself to see the world through their eyes, you open yourself up to new creative thoughts and ideas.
Inspirational Speech Therapy
Ever go somewhere and listen to a good speaker? Remember how they got you and the rest of the crowd all fired up with their rousing speech and how you left with a head full of new ideas or motivations. While I was not in the actual audience (tickets were hard to come by), I remember watching President Obama’s inaugural speech and getting all fired up because of it. “Yes We Can,” I thought to myself, feeling optimistic about my financial future for the first time in a long time. What a good speech that was.
When it comes to giving a great speech, some people just have a knack while others do not. I myself fall into the latter category. I was the type of person who used to dread giving speeches in front of the class, and would find myself spitting out my prepared words at machine gun speed and doing my best to just get it over with. Because of this, I have a certain amount of respect for those who can engage an audience without going beet red in the process.
A good speaker or presenter has the ability to connect with her or his own audience and leave an impression that spurs creative though and action. Like a good movie that has you leaving the theater talking excitedly, or a painting that makes you stop in your tracks, a great speech or presentation has the ability to penetrate your mind and touch your creative core, setting off an eruption of new thoughts and ideas. A good speech or presentation by an expert in your field can also help you see your own creative problem from a different perspective or may even provide the key to a creative solution that had not previously thought of.
Next time you find yourself with an opportunity to listen to a speech or presentation in a field that you are interested in, why not try it out and see if it can help you find inspiration. If you are a web site designer, for example, go to a seminar on new internet technology and see if the speakers fill your head with new possibilities. Let the speaker speak to you, and try to see things from his or her point of view. Allow yourself to get caught up in the passion and knowledge that the speaker has for the subject and open up your mind to any new ideas that are presented. Doing this will almost guarantee you a visit from your muse.