Monday, July 6, 2009

Have Fun

About Dr Nick Morgan:
Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas — and then delivering them with panache. He has been commissioned by Fortune 50 companies to write for many CEOs and presidents. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today Show, and to take on the investment community. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. And he has helped design conferences and prepare keynote speeches around the world.

From Nick Morgan's blog:
What is the most important rule for success in public speaking?

I'm often asked what is the single most essential thing to remember in order to give a good speech. My first instinct is to respond, "it's a complex process, an art form, and it involves lots of moving parts. So there's no one single thing." But if I'm pressed for one rule only, it would be this: have fun.

That's right -- have fun.

Could it possibly be that simple?

Audiences have provisionally given up their authority and bestowed it on the speaker. They want the speaker to succeed. Otherwise, they've wasted their time, and who can afford to do that these days? The best thing the speaker can do is to signal to the audience that he or she is having a good time. It will let the audience know that it is in good hands. It can relax and enjoy the experience.
That creates a virtuous circle -- happy audience, happy speaker -- and those good vibes go a long way toward creating a positive experience for all.
Of course, the hard part about having fun is that most people are nervous when they speak, at least at the start. So how do you relax and have fun when your heart is hammering away, your palms are clammy, and you're thinking to yourself, I will never, never agree to do this again?

Focus on the audience. If you can stop thinking about yourself, and start thinking about the audience, you've got a chance to begin to enjoy yourself. Remember, a speech is not primarily about you, the speaker. It's about whether or not the audience is moved to action.

So relax, forget about you, and have fun.
I read this article and I agree with it totally.

What is the most important thing when you are doing something? It is to have fun.

This is the same mantra which I instill in my boys. Studying should be fun and we can make it fun.

I know sometimes, we are jaded especially for those who have been working for many, many years. But having fun is the state of mind. When I studied literature or history, I imagined that I was the main character undergoing the same experiences. You need to get a little more imaginative when you studied stuff like Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. For Physics, we could imagine we were Newton sitting under the apple tree or the fellow who shouted "Eureka" and ran naked in the street when he discovered this "displacement theory thingy" where taking a bathe?

When I was teaching the three states of matter to my children - they were then around three and five years old. We imagined that we were water molecules in the sea. As the sun heated up the surface, we got more and more energetic and were jumping further and further away. Finally, we managed to break free from the force of gravity and became gas.

There is also a lot of fun stuff relating to Mathematics - eg. Sudoko Challenge. For me, I love the story of Hotel Infinity - a very special hotel that could take in countably many, many guests.

You get the idea? Same theory applies to work.

So let's all make a commitment to have fun in our day-to-day activities.

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