But what we see is the result of years of practice. They weren’t born “public speakers”. They spoke to a few friends, then to a larger audience, and progressively to the world—spreading their stories step by step.
Here’s a helpful checklist to keep in mind before and when you speak in public:
Big data is a drug for the decision makers of the 21st century.
“We’re a data-driven company”, they tell you proudly.
But a company, which seeks change and wants to make a difference by challenging the status quo, doesn’t make strategic decisions that are driven by data.
A long-term, game-changing strategy can’t be based on predictive data, since data can’t predict the long-term future. A strong correlation isn’t really helpful. It won’t tell you what to do next and how to do it.
Worse, when data is a click-away, your competitors are likely to make decisions based on the same data sets.
You’ve probably seen inspirational quotes that encourage you to get out and do something different or even strange. But getting out of your routine is just difficult. It’s extremelyimportant to push the boundaries of your comfort zone. When you do, it’s a big deal that will positively change your life. Here’s an experience of mine, where getting out of my comfort zone gave me long-standingbenefits.
When you think about selling your old stuff or buying second-hand and vintage stuff, eBay is no longer on the top of your mind.
In France, for example, one would think about the very cheap but full of scams Leboncoin.fr, the very selective but safe Gens de Confiance, or the tech-oriented PriceMinister.
But not eBay…
Does Anyone Know What eBay Is About?
The eBay brand doesn’t have a clear positioning anymore. It has become a bazaar. You don’t know what to expect. It means that you just don’t know for what reason you should go on eBay. There’s no trigger that pushes people to use eBay.
But there are distinct qualities the best entrepreneurs have. Still, everyone can and should nurture and practice these qualities in academic life or in the corporate world. This can even be done simultaneously with our entrepreneurial endeavors!
Entrepreneurs are leaders, who intelligently delegate to optimize time and skill.
Like the Berlin Wall, intellectual and technological Walls are barriers to innovation.
These Walls are the status quo that lies between us and a better future.
The Walls are the people who don’t want change to happen. They’re the technical debts that slow down the process. They’re the worldview that’s against novelty. They’re the tech and scientific challenges that impede progress. They’re the lack of imagination that prevents you from seeing opportunities. They’re the anxiety that stops you from working on what matter. They’re the biases that make us think wrong.