Half full, half empty. People are coming, people are not coming.
My expertise will always be needed, it won’t be needed.
There’s always a plus and a minus in the above. The plus side, of course, is the optimist’s side.
If there is always going to be a need, a want, a desire, a cause that calls for what the public speaker has to offer, then it behooves (yes, people still use that word) the lecturer to always be looking for ways to be relevant.
Life happens, moves on. New gadgets. Different times. “Kids” get younger as we get older.
Twenty somethings are always 20-somethings. We just get farther away in age from them. We have to adapt = because we know that our topic and expertise is always needed we have to be creative to continually make the connection.
Optimists, of necessity, are creative. Pessimists allow themselves to become irrelevant.
I spoke to a group of Toastmasters not long ago. I was pretty much twice the age of anybody in the audience. Not only that, for a majority of the group, English was their second language.
I could have decided that I can’t reach them = pessimist.
Or, I could think, ‘Wow, a new group is going to be needing me.” = optimist = I’d better get creative and figure out how to reach them.
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