There you are, facing a crowd of a thousand loyal fans. As you begin your presentation, they stare at you in rapt attention. Your words connect. The emotion of your thoughts, the power of your words come across. You see imaginary light bulbs come on over their heads. They get it.
As your speech winds down, you conclude with a call to action. Your audience is motivated. They want to know more. They want their lives to change. As you head to the back table, people line up to purchase your books and your products. They tell you stories of how your books helped them find a better way. How your words, on paper, made a difference in their lives.
Have you been there? Have you ever experienced anything like this?
I know I have, as an audience member.
I’ve been in the crowd.
I’ve seen the power.
I’ve heard the words.
I’ve seen the change.
More than anything else in my life, powerful speakers, and compelling writers, have made a difference. They have motivated me to get out of my seat and take action.
Speakers like Michael Hyatt, John Maxwell, and Steve Jobs. Leaders in action.
Writers like Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell and Guy Kawasaki. Compelling words of change.
As a speaker and a writer, I’ve searched for that perfect audience for years. A group of people that I can relate to, to help, to be a part of.
A tribe that understands.
And most important, a group of people that I can give back to.
Because, it’s not about me. It’s about them.
Last night, I met an audience like that.
I know, because I was part of it.
A group of job seekers.
Fearful and scared.
Alone but hopeful.
I heard speakers speak.
I saw charts and graphs of hope.
I felt conviction, because I had been there.
I felt motivated, because I had overcome the darkness.
I saw an audience that I could truly relate to, and had compassion for.
This is my tribe, a group of people that I can truly help. A group of people facing one of the greatest obstacles in their lives. They are out of work.
Yet this is a group of people that are standing on the edge of one of the greatest opportunities of their lives. A time to change, to dream, and to truly live the lives they have always dreamed about.
It’s a time for words of encouragement and motivation. It’s a time to paint visions of a future much better than now. It’s a time for words spoken, and words written.
That is truly one thing that I can do.
I can speak, and I can write.
I can make a difference.
I will make a difference.