I believe what makes us extraordinary, in whatever field we work in, is not the accolades, awards or achievements, but the character, the personality and the way we have coped with adversity in our unique ways.
It’s to this end that a colleague and I have set up a new iTunes radio show called ‘Extraordinary Speakers’.
It’s hosted by me and BBC tv and radio journalist Jeremy Nicholas with a different guest in each show.
It’s full of tips and advice from professional speakers to professional speakers but the anecdotes, stories and tips are relevant for anyone working in a entrepreneurial or expert based business.
I think the show is unique in this field due to its style of a group of speakers late at night in a hotel during a conference swapping stories of gigs around the world.
It’s full of funny, heartwarming and inspirational stories as well as the downright disasters. This is a warts and all look at the world of the speaker. You’ll learn lots and you’ll laugh even more.
One of the questions we posed in the first show was about firsts: What was the first album you bought with your own money?
I put it to you that the one you answer with is not the one you usually say. You usually bend the truth and give a better answer to make you look cool.
So it turns out there are two answers to the question: the one you say, and the real, probably embarrassing one.
It’s true when we ask each other, “how’s business?”. There’s the public relations answer and then there’s the truth.
This is our metaphor for the show. We want our guests to give us their real truth to our questions, not the usual self promotional answers which although may make the speaker appear ‘cool’ or successful, it doesn’t help the rest of us, or make for a good show.
We believe that it’s these answers that actually make us extraordinary, not the press release answers, not the one sheet descriptions, not the website copy, but the idiosyncrasies, the failures that led to the major rethinks, the real personality behind the Fonzy-like photo on the business card.
And that’s why I’m telling you that my first LP, spent with my own £2.50 (it was a double album) was well spent in 1976 on the Animal Kwackers.
What about you?
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