Greetings dear friends & welcome to my world again this week. I attended my weekly BNI breakfast meeting on Wednesday morning & was approached to be the speaker next month. The creative juices immediately begin to flow & by the time I was back in office everything was prepared & ready to go ~ in my head…
Public speaking is both an art & science. It involves a certain amount of creative artistry. But most of us have a limited tank of energy when it comes to such creative flair. Especially in the area of public speaking… This is an opportunity not to waste it, & the time for your adventurous explorer energy to come out as you travel within your lengthy personal experiences, ancient & sometimes dangerous past.
A time where you need the determination of an archaeologist, digging into the historical documentation of your business & life; where you live out your suppressed inner-detective, following clues, asking probing questions, persisting until you get to the message you wish to pass on.
Typically study is not the time to express creativity; it is the time for persistence, for diligence, for probing, inquiring, questioning, for travel through time & for cultural encounters of the ancient kind. Passionate thoughts however, will assist your thinking process as you prepare to pass on your message with, one would hope, some true enthusiasm. 
Creativity in our preparation may lead one astray. Even though some in your audience may marvel at your creative new &/or previously used interpretations, what they actually need is the true interpretation of the facts. If you are the first to come up with something unique, maybe it is time for alarm bells to ring, rather than a time for celebration.
Saving your creative energies for the message is where many a speaker has collapsed, fatigued from expending creative energy, desperate to pull a message together in time. What tends to follow is a re-hash of the same old message, shape, structure & strategy. It feels tired, & what is worse, the content is not great.
As you collapse into your favourite armchair after the adventure of studying, digging, travelling through the internet, & interrogating your way through the preparation, you will be both tired & thrilled at the journey you have been on. Tired because it is hard work to present your own interpretation of a topic well, but thrilled because you revealed something special of & from yourself which worked already in you.
And a change is as good as a rest, so as you sit back in your armchair before the fire let your thoughts meander through the possibilities available as you plot your message & strategy. Consider the people, consider the possibilities & get creative. You have a message worth sharing; now is the time to pour out your energy into making it a presentation worth hearing. It would be a shame to waste all this energy too soon!
I hope my comments each week are helpful dear readers; & again, provide just an opinion, from my world. Thank you for taking the time to be with me, I hope my journey may encourage you also. This is Kenn Butler in Paradise, Nelson. With my best wishes, I look forward to connecting with you again soon.
 Peter Mead is involved in leadership tea in the UK. He serves as director of Cor Deo ~ an innovative mentored training program