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Second-hand stories

November 3, 2014 Leave a comment

What’s the best story someone else has recently told you (in person, preferably)? Share it with us, and feel free to embellish — that’s how good stories become great, after all.

The best story that someone has recently told me is the one by Tammy Miller, past-International President of Toastmasters International.  She related to the audience at the Semi-annual convention in Singapore her first experience in skydiving and the leadership lessons that we could derive from this experience.

It was a very uplifting and inspirational talk.  She told us of us she not only went on to skydive for speech material but also how she survived cancer and now works with cancer survivors.

Tammy drew parallels between the birds eye view that a skydiver has to the far-sightedness or holistic view that a leader should have.  She also debunked the myth that a leader is supposed to know everything.  She said that more importantly, a leader should have a vision, a good team and  faith in the ability of the team.

She told us how she had faith in her companion show she was backstrapped to and how she trusted that he knew his job.   She painted a vivid picture of her standing 12000 ft above the ground in the plane – putting her left foot out, then right foot and taking that leap of faith.

It was an enthralling motivational story!

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) https://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/smile/
2) http://simpsonwritings.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/secondhand-tales/
3) http://annamaetollefson.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/second-hand-story-sweethearts/
4) http://myleviathan.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/second-hand-stories/
5) http://509majesty.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/grandpas-war-stories/

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