Resonate With Gratitude and Humility

TEDx events taught me something very important. It’s something that I believe works across the board – as a speaker, as a leader, and as a human being.

Organizing a TEDx event is not easy. It takes great effort, it’s a volunteer effort for all of the organizers and it gives speakers the opportunity to have their voices and ideas heard, perhaps all over the world.

In other words, it’s a very generous thing for anyone to organize a TEDx event and it’s a powerful platform for speakers. If someone doesn’t fully appreciate the opportunity to speak at a TEDx event, they probably don’t have much to say. Word spreads quickly about “prima donna” speakers.

Now, consider the opportunity you have in a leadership position! You have an important “platform” for influencing others – and a duty to use it well. Are you making the most of it? Are you respecting your team? Are you leveraging your public exposure to create thought leadership for yourself and your organization?

If you think you’re a “big deal” you run the risk of missing an opportunity for understanding and gratitude, and you might just come across as a “prima donna,” which is deadly to a successful future.

Be the kind of leader who deserves and values the respect of others, and you will be much more effective, achieve greater success and have more fun.

How John Bates blew his TED TalkBy JOHN BATES / ABOUT AUTHOR
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