There were a few presentations that I will not soon forget. As a professional speaker and corporate trainer I am equally interested in a speaker's ability to connect with an audience and how they captivate the mind. I have long professed that just because someone is smart, or has done something cool -- it does not mean they belong on the stage. At TEDx Austin everyone was smart, cool, authentic AND they belonged right there at this time and place!
Jason Roberts, Co-Founder of "The Better Block Project" was one of the ones that stood out. His passion was something that could not be faked. His level of enthusiasm about everything he does was infectious. The joy that came out of this man as he told his stories. I wrote in my notes "He is great!".
I love the way he has helped transform the community where he lives (the Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas), and is now spreading that message to communities around the world.
To make things happen he has simple advice:
- Show up
- Give it a name
- Set a date and publish it
Many might say "Wait, it is not that simple". Then they do not know Jason Roberts. If he wants to get something done, he just does it.
Have A Great Day