Now THAT is what I’d call a beautiful presentation!
It’s a dessert served at the retirement party of a friend’s uncle. Did you catch the chocolate drizzle in the shape of a staff on the side of the plate? Oh… and underneath the fresh fruit is a raspberry mousse. So you break off a piece of the chocolate piano, dip it into the mousse, then drag it through the raspberry sauce in front for a delicious and elegant treat. Let me share a bit of a story behind this dessert. The guest of honor, my friend’s uncle, was being celebrated as he retired after many years of being part of a Chamber Music Group. The story of challenges he had to overcome to become the accomplished musician he is today would fill a book all of its own. But I want to simply share the story of the dessert itself. NULL I met my friend through our shared interest in miniatures and polymer clay. She’s an artist… where I’m a dabbler. Despite a variety of physical challenges that tend to keep her homebound, she manages to amaze and delight, on a regular basis, with the many beautiful miniature items she crafts out of polymer clay. When she received word of her beloved uncle’s impending retirement she wanted to gift him in a meaningful way. He had served as a supportive mentor and role model in her life and despite limited resources she had a strong desire to extend her appreciation of him in a grand way. She was inspired to create the dessert. She found a caterer that would work with her design and created the piano initially out of clay. This task required her to take her talents to earth clay so that a mold could be created. Earth clay is a very different medium from the more familiar (to her) polymer clay. But polymer clay, once it’s cured, is not compatible with foods and since it was her desire to create the mold for a food item she had to use a medium appropriate for coming into contact with food. As the dessert was served at the party, it was accompanied by a letter, written by my friend, thanking and honoring her uncle for the inspiration he had been in her life – for encouraging her to follow her muse, as he had followed his. She created an edible work of art around the theme of his life’s work and the underlying theme that life is to be played full out and consumed in full each day. Did I mention that one of her physical challenges is that she lost her eyesight at age 3?
I don’t know about you… but for me the ‘story’ moves a beautiful presentation into a POWERFUL PRESENTATION!
I’ve found that to be true with networking marketing too. Whether presenting my business opportunity or my products and services the ‘power’ comes from the stories we share. They’re best when they’re personal and meaningful to the prospect. Think about it… the story of your life is filled with the relationships you have with others who share… at least in part… your story. Doesn’t it only make sense that the strongest connections are made through stories? So here’s what I suggest for a truly powerful presentation – speak from your heart, let the song in your soul sing with an authentic voice, and invite your listener in by telling their story… and it won’t matter if the chocolate drizzle is a little runny…or your circles don’t quite line up. Even if you don’t gain a business partner you’re bound to gain a friend. Namaste, ~~Mary K ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:- ¸.•´ .•´¨¨)) ((¸¸.•´ ..•´ -:¦:- -:¦:- ((¸¸.•´* Light EXPECT MIRACLES!