Today is the 4th of July and for Americans, that means the celebration of Independence. All across America fireworks will be launched, burgers will be grilled, and communities will be connected. For one day there is what feels like a pause on political debates, replaced by small town parades and a unified spirit.

For me, the 4th of July has always included a lakefront celebration with family and friends where the stress of work, health, or family arguments faded to the background.

You might be asking what presentations have to do with Independence Day. The answer for me is simple yet profound as they both have one thing in common: the ability to unite people.

Presentations are a platform where the presenter has the ability to share their thoughts and ideas. It is a space where, for a brief moment in time, he or she has the complete attention of their audience, and it is in this space where the presenter has the responsibility of bringing their audience together.

As a presenter, you have a voice and your voice can unite a group of people to make an impact in whatever sector you are passionate about. Maybe your passion is a fight for the voiceless, maybe it is for a new technology that will change the world, or maybe it’s an idea that will improve the life of your small town. Your passion, and your voice, matters.

So often we look at the leaders of our time and think that there is no way we can do what they do. I don’t have the ability to make as much of an impact as they have. But that is simply not true. The only difference between us and them is that they have chosen to use their voice. They have created a platform to stand on and are presenting their ideas to the world. All fear of rejection set aside, they believe in what they have to share and refuse to let anyone stop them.

What if each one of us did the same. Rather than letting our voice stay quiet, we chose to take the stage and present our ideas. A great presentation does not have to be in front of an audience of thousands, in fact some of the most powerful presentations have taken place in a backyard around a BBQ with fireworks booming in the background, because it’s in those spaces that people are ready to listen.

We all have the ability to change the world and unify our culture. It is as simple as finding and using your voice. What are you passionate about today? Pursue that and see what happens. I dare you.

If you are looking to learn more about honing your voice check out the Presentation Mentor podcast. Jam packed with presentation relevant information, you’re sure to find something to help your passion meet your voice.


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