PPB July 2022

the next book or on a conference call, I calledmyself up and out. I askedmyself to go deeper into a craft that I think I’ve mastered. Here was my challenge question: How do I get better onstage? So, I started watching some of the other speakers, just observing the way they were connecting. Here’s something I realized: I need to let go of PowerPoint. I don’t mean totally do away with it, but sometimes PowerPoint becomes a crutch with a ton of slides to say that you have all this information. How do I do fewer slides and rely more on insight and a heartfelt connection with the audience? I’m proud of taking a step back and reminding myself to let go. I’ve been here before, and I’m sure I’ll be here again. But I’m always astounded by what emerges when I return to a path I’ve been down before. I always learn something new about myself and find a different response or solution to a question I’ve asked myself before. So, here’s what I want you to do: 1 Answer the tough questions. Find two or three people you really trust who will give you feedback. Allow them to ask you the tough questions. Are you spending time with your children? Are you taking care of yourself? Are you actually addressing that problem you’re always talking about struggling with? 2 Read less, implement more. I have always said that to get better, I must read more books. I am a firm believer in the growth that comes from reading. What I’m noticing is that many people need to focus more on putting what they’re reading into practice. What are you implementing out of what you’re reading? You may do better to slow down and create an implementation strategy before moving onto the next book. You might even go over the same material a couple of times. (I personally am re-reading Humility Is the New Smart.) 3 Assess. What have you done? What do you like? What do you celebrate? And what do you need to let go of because it no longer serves the greater good of where you want to be? If you’re having the same internal struggles today that you were having five years ago, it doesn’t mean you’re failing. It means you’re learning new ways to respond and unlearn on your path forward. Bailey has more than 30 years of experience in hospitality. The former sales director for Disney Institute, he is a prolific author and hall of fame keynote speaker. Learn more at SimonTBailey.com. PPAI: 111248 | ASI: 35375 | SAGE: 50327 | UPIC: ACCENTS | DC:101273 www.americanaccents.com 888.287.7883 PERFECT FOR... ѭ (TSHJWYX ѭ 8YFINZR LN[JF\F^X ѭ 9WFIJ XMT\X ѭ (TRUFS^ UNHSNHX ѭ FSI RTWJ Stadium Cups Multiple print methods available Made from heavyweight plastic Made & printed in the USA No extra cost for 1 side, 2 side, or wrap imprint 25 piece minimums! Reusable & recyclable Free PMS matching | JULY 2022 | 63 THINK