Have you ever given a speech in front of a few hundred people, only to return to your seat to recall that you left out the very best part? This happened to me at the San Diego Epilogue Tournament a couple weeks ago.
I had the opportunity to pitch our Point Loma Speech & Debate Camp at the award ceremony. The place was packed with potential campers. They had just wrapped up three days of competition at the last tournament of the school year. Their year was either over or they had only the national tournament to attend (if they qualified). A most perfect group!
I told them about our awesome beachfront campus at Point Loma Nazarene University. I mentioned the outstanding coaching staff that we have ready and willing to teach. I talked about how we have been doing camps since 2001 and that many top competitors are alumni of our camps. Awesome, awesome, awesome!
Five minutes, not even. Lots of claps and kudos from the audience, especially our alumni who know the value of the Training Minds Camp. I returned to my seat where my kids sat and the award ceremony began.
Then I remembered our keynote speaker. How could I forget?
Michael Hyatt, Bestselling Author of Platform
We have Michael Hyatt coming to Point Loma to give personal presentations to the students and coaches. If you don’t know Michael Hyatt, you should get to know him. He’s former CEO to the largest Christian publishing company in the world, but now a bestselling author himself. He hosts one of the most popular blogs and podcasts in the world (MichaelHyatt.com) and is one of the most sought after public speakers in the country. What a privilege it is to have Michael Hyatt join us at Point Loma!
See, Michael is taking a liking to this wonderful community of speakers and debaters. His New York Times Bestseller is Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. The attendees of Training Minds Camp know full-well of the platform speech events (oratory, expository, persuasive). Michael Hyatt wants to teach these kids how to turn their speeches into viable and effective platforms. This is beyond competition…this is life!
Michael Hyatt’s book and Training Minds’ message are very similar. I encourage competitors to give it their all in competition, but to always aim beyond competition. Have the eye set on what God is calling the competitor to be, beyond competition and in life. The result will be an awesome competitor of candor and character, often a champion. But what the student does beyond competition has my interest more (and I suspect Michael Hyatt’s).
Oh well, I missed my opportunity to make this great pitch to the students at the last tournament. My blog is the next best announcement, I suppose!
Have you heard of Michael Hyatt? If so, let me know what you think of him and his “platform.”