Every year during award season, we watch person after person excitedly rush on stage, clutch the trophy, catch their breath—and recite from a long list of people to thank.
(Cue the wrap-it-up track.)
Whether those acknowledgements are delivered out of obligation or genuine gratitude, it can be a real snooze fest for the audience.
More than that, it’s a lost opportunity.
Imagine you have the undivided attention of millions of people around the globe for one entire minute.
Do you spend your limited time going through the motions? Or do you take that minute to wield a worthy message—one your audience will remember long after you leave the spotlight?
Every interaction with the people in your life and on your team is the equivalent of standing on a global stage. When everyone is looking to you—use your words wisely.
While it might not sound like a ton of time, we can actually say a lot in 60 seconds.
In less than two seconds we can change someone’s entire outlook by saying, “I’m proud of you”, “This team is lucky to have you” or “You inspire me”.
Words are power.
In my moment on the stage, I would share a message filled with hope and positivity in a world that feels so divisive. And I would remind everyone that we all share in the creation of the culture in which we live.
With a few simple words, we have the ability engage people in our mission, build confidence within our teams and create influential allies.
What would your one-minute message be?
Jason V. Barger is a globally celebrated keynote speaker, leadership coach and author of Thermostat Cultures, Step Back from the Baggage Claim and ReMember. He is founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, a Columbus-based company that works with businesses and organizations worldwide. Connect via email at Info@JasonVBarger.com or on social media at @JasonVBarger.
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