This past weekend I delivered the closing session at the Georgia Collegiate Leadership 2014 conference. The conference is hosted by the Leadership Resource Team at UGA and supported by the Center for Student Organizations.
GCLC 2014 featured an opening keynote by Adam Shepard, 20+ workshops spread across four sessions, a case study competition centered on mental health, and my closing talk. The planning team set a new record for the conference this year, with 475+ registered attendees. It looked like at least 300-350 stuck around for the closing session from my vantage point on stage.
A few posts back, I published a post called “Legacy Building: Explore. Invest. Build.” It was intended to be a rough draft of the talk I planned to give at GCLC. However, as I did my first couple of practice runs through the talk, it felt very average. I didn’t think it reflected the brand we’re building at Living for Monday or the kind of speaker I want to become as I continue to build my skills.
48 hours before the conference I made the tough decision to rebuild the entire talk, almost from scratch. I had new ideas about how to create a much more engaging talk, and I wanted to test them out. Many people wouldn’t share that reality publicly, but I think this is more common than many people realize amongst speakers. You tinker and fiddle with a presentation right up until you go on stage.
The conference was not officially recorded, but Michael, my girlfriend’s younger brother, was kind enough not only to attend the talk but also to record it on his iPhone. It’s not the highest quality video ever because, after all, it was an iPhone, but the sound comes through pretty clear. I hope you enjoy.