As the crowd stood and cheered for my daughter’s dancing, and then my boys’ ventriloquist act, Mommy and I beamed with true joy.
To watch our little ones succeed, be amazing, and appreciated by others for their efforts and willingness to share their talents is quite the thrill.
Let’s ask ourselves:
How do we, as parents and family, help those in our lives reach their highest potential and discover their greatest gifts?
We encourage their innate gifts.
We recognize what they are great at and tell them constantly (creating their own Signature Moves).
We assist in any way to help them succeed.
We wipe tears when things go poorly, when trophies are handed to others, but are grateful not everyone gets one.
We provide opportunities to learn from the best coaches, trainers, examples, and teams.
We engage in discussions to create our plan, talk improvement, and debrief at the end of every day.
We work and have them do so alongside us.
We invite them to take the stage.
For 1 full year my daughter has put in the work to create a beautiful solo dance. She goes to practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 4 hours each, with competitions most Saturdays. Even though she is talented naturally, it takes work to become great. And she is.
My boys have been cracking jokes and ripping on each other for years. Having just seen Steve Martin & Martin Short in concert do a bit where they did a ventriloquist act, I suggested how they could make this gift of theirs work as a team. Of course, Daddy and Uncle Jared wrote the jokes ripping on Daddy, and the costume was handmade by Mommy.
The Talent Show for the summer was set. Attending the NSA National Speakers Association Youth Conference in Dallas, TX for their annual favorite friend making experience, this was their time to shine.
It’s one thing to practice at home, quite another to get on that stage in front of peers and professionals.
Even though the risers were insufficient and the stage too small, my daughter improvised and went all out on her dance routine, on carpet no less, as she spun, flipped, and danced her way into everyone’s hearts. Dad’s walked up to me with tears in their eyes to see my tiny dancer so committed and so grown up.
The boys had never tried using a mic in this set up, nor do the act in front of a real audience, so this was a one-time chance. As the audience screamed with laughter, their timing was impeccable, material customized to the speaker-world, and will forever be remembered by our peers.
Laughs, pride, and tears all came out of us. They did amazing.
How do we help our family to succeed, individually as the amazing people they are, which collectively combines the talents that makes a family a wonderful unit?
The Promise gives us the tools to do just that.
Promise yourself today to see the greatness in those you love, and give them every chance to succeed and perform on the grandest stages, and thus The Promise is kept.
Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, Keynote Speaker for the largest corporate events in the world. His primary message, The Promise, is essential for Leadership, Management, Sales, Marketing, Direct-Sales Companies, and is a combination of engagement and entertainment meets inspiration. Jason has even received standing ovations from IT guys. He has been acknowledged as life-changing by Conference Attendees, C-Level Executives and Hollywood Elite. jasonhewlett.com
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