I’m working on a business presentation and need guidance to help me learn.
Pursuing Your Passion
Drawing on the ideas from the readings and discussions in class (specifically as it pertains to Ken Robinson and The Element,) each student will: (1) create a 7–10-minute Slides presentation regarding pursuit of their passion & discovering their Element.
So, what is your Passion?
For some of you, this will be the most difficult part of the assignment. Try answering some of the questions below to narrow it down so that you can pick a passion that you are enthusiastic about for this assignment. The discussion in class will also help you to focus on one idea.
1. What puts a smile on your face?
2. What do you find easy?
3. What sparks your creativity?
4. What would you do for free?
5. What do you like to talk about?
6. What makes you unafraid of failure?
7. What would you regret not having tried?
8. What drives you?
9. What did you want to become as a child?
10. What do you secretly love about yourself?
11. How would you like to make the world a better place for yourself and others?
12. What would you do if money were no barrier?
13. What do you want to be ten years from now?
14. Who are your role models?
15. What do you fear?
16. What is something you remember doing that made you feel utterly at peace?
17. When you are sad/angry/frustrated/exhausted, what is something you can think of which will ease your mind?
18. What are you good at? (not what others tell you, what YOU know you are good at)
19. What do you enjoy doing for others?
20. Who “out there” in the world have you come to care about most? Who do you want to help, enable, reach?
21. What specific concerns occupy your mind, breaking into whatever else you are thinking about?
22. Write down at least five experiences in your life that gave YOU a sense of fulfillment or growth.
23. What do you enjoy learning?
24. If there was nothing that you HAD to do for the next 4 hours, what would you CHOOSE to do?
25. What hobbies do you enjoy (or did you enjoy in the past)?
After you answer these questions (take your time – don’t rush through them), a pattern should emerge. Allow that potential passion to simmer in your subconscious for a couple of days, then revisit it to make sure you are still happy with that choice – at least for purposes of this assignment.
NOW – Proceed to reflect on your PASSION by completing this assignment…
Questions to answer in your presentation:
1. What is your passion and how did you find it?
2. What are the steps you can take going forward in order to pursue that passion whether as a career (professional) or as an amateur outside of your job? Some things to consider:
a. Finding your tribe?
b. Overcoming obstacles/barriers?
3. How will discovering and pursuing your Element impact your leadership?
Some points on the presentation itself:
- Slides should be heavier on images than text.
- It is better to have several slides to illustrate a point rather than trying to cram everything onto one or two slides.
- Screeencast should provide the analysis utilizing
- the slides as visual aids (we do not need to be read to!)
- You do NOT have to utilize the picture-in-picture setting to narrate your presentation.
- Use the guidelines and suggestions found in “Present Like A Rockstar”
- Connect your passion with reality – this is a dream, but assume you are really going to do it!
- Do not stress – a reflection project is best when it flows from your heart
- Preparation (by actually thinking about the questions above before you plunge in) will yield a better project (and a more true passion!)
YOU DON’T NEED TO MAKE THE PRESENTATION. JUST A WORD DOC WITH THE TALKING ABOUT YOUR PASSION AND ANSWERING THE REQUIREMENTS THAT TAKES AROUND 7/8 MINUTES TO BE PRESENTED.
SLIDE 1: TITLE
SLIDE 2: WHAT IS MY PASSION…INTRODUCTION (TALKING ABOUT)
SLIDE 3: BLabla blabla