Posts tagged #Practice

Why I Still Rehearse Before Every Speech

I’ll never forget when my friend and amazing spoken word poet Joshua Bennett was reminiscing about a speech he gave during his early years of performing.

“Man, I thought I could just go up there with a topic and get my Malcolm X on,” Joshua laughed.  “But winging it was definitely not the best idea.”

Early in my speaking career, I used to have a similar mentality.  I thought that confidence, familiarity with my subject matter, and good intentions would be enough to produce a great speech. 

Looking back on it, I see that my ego was getting in the way of creating the most impact possible for my audience.

Posted on October 22, 2015 .

What I’ve Learned From Video Games

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In light of the recent Gamergate hoopla that has featured some outrageous misogyny and personal attacks, I thought this might be a useful opportunity to discuss the positive lessons I learned from a life of gaming. 

When I was 5 years old I started playing educational games like Math Blaster, Treasure Mountain, Operation Nepture, and Carmen Sandiego, but my true love was always Sierra’s Quest For Glory series.  The combination of humor and adventure in these role playing games made me fall in love with creative story telling and develop the long-term commitment needed to complete a quest.