Everybody won’t get it
I’m realizing more and more that no matter what you do, everybody won’t get it. How you communicate what you do – through your work and words – will greatly increase the number of people who would. I think it’s important to surround yourself with people who understand while also leaving an open door to those who don’t yet. Public speaking is a powerful way to reach sizeable groups of people. I’m sure getting good at that would boost anybody’s career.
Yesterday, I knocked on the door of Randy Gilson (of Randyland). I messaged first; it was for me to make an introduction between him and a new business owner in the neighborhood. He walked into the courtyard where I was sitting and 5 other people were looking around at the art. “Hey Willy! How’s it going man??” He immediately goes into public speaking mode, everyone pays attention and draws closer to where Randy is standing. “Hey everybody! I’m Randy from Randyland. This place is…” he regales the founding of Randyland and the importance of art.
He spent a good amount of time mentioning to everyone what I’m doing and how it’s important for the community. I felt validated, it always feels great when you’re acknowledged by those who you also respect.
Afterwards, two people came up to me, eager to find out where to watch my videos. This isn’t the first time it’s happened, if I hadn’t known so many people who do public speaking, this might look new. Spending time on the people who pay attention, matters. At the end of the lecture, those interested for more approach.