One of our FDTV viewers sent us an email and asked a very important question, “Why do I have to redo my Ice Breaker speech in every new Pathways program?”

The short answer is . . . it makes you a better presenter.

I learned this three-word phrase from an Olympic athlete that won five gold medals: “Failure Forces Freedom.” When you fail to meet an objective, you acquire data about what you need to do to meet your objective the next time.

Here are three fun facts about failure:

·      Failure builds confidence in your ability to endure.

·      Failure forces you to decide how to move forward.

·      Failure makes you think and sometimes rethink your definition of success.

While your first Ice Breaker was good – and not necessarily a failed attempt – I’m positive your evaluator offered several suggestions on how you could do better. Incorporate more vivid words to paint a better visual for your listeners. Add more humor for better audience engagement. In short, take advantage of this opportunity to do better.

To quote Saint Jerome,

Good, better, best.

Never let it rest.

‘Til your good is better

and your better is best.”

Failure Forces Freedom

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About The Author
- Daniel is the Executive Producer and web developer of Founder's District TV. He has been a member of Toastmasters Founder's District since 2005 and is now serving as the Club Growth Director for 2015-2016.