Brené Brown is a US Public Speaker, research professor and book author. She is also a Doctor of Philosophy in Social work. She has spent last fifteen years studying vulnerability, courage, shame and compassion. Her three books on the subjects were in the #1 New York Times Bestsellers list.
The books inspired many people to recognize themselves as imperfect human being. A consciousness of our imperfection is a starting point to grow as a better, stronger and happier human being.
She has mentioned the statement in her presentation. Brown reveals an idea about how various weaknesses make up someone’s vulnerability. In turn, the vulnerable individual will uncomfortable with their life, and lost their capability to be respect and loved. The following clip is Brown’s Inspirational presentation in TEDXHouston:
Brown’s Opening Presentation
Brown opens her presentation in a remarkable way. She start it all by tell a story. She tells an experience when an event planner called her because she was going to do a speaking event. She tells the audience how that person was confused with Brown’s profession.
“I think, I’m afraid if I call you a researcher on the little flyer, no one will come.” The event planner said. Then she goes on with, ”But the thing I liked about your talk is you’re a story teller. You tell many things as a story. So I think what I’ll do is just call you a story teller.
In a comical approach, Brown tells how she responded about the idea, “You’re going to call me a what? Why don’t you just say I’m a researcher-story teller.”
Opening her presentation in this way, Brown delivers a great trick for an exciting presentation. Brown’s relaxing story in the beginning of her presentation successfully binds people to her during the presentation.
Insipration from the Presentation
In an e-book of Astonishing Presentation, the most important factor in a presentation is its content. When you can deliver a presentation with a deep inspiration for your audiences, it means you have a success and effective presentation.
In Brené Brown’s presentation, there are some powerful contents. One of them is an idea about shame. When speak about shame Brown said, “Shame is understood as the fear of disconnection that other people know it or see it.”
Shame arises when people start to think I’m not good enough, I’m not beautiful enough, I’m not smart enough. The insufficient feeling in turn will underpinned vulnerability, especially when connect with others.
Brown brings her own experience in to play. She tells a period of her life when she become so vulnerable and need a help from a therapist. Brown articulates how she has her own vulnerability and struggle hard to overcome it. Drawing on her own experience as a case in point, the audiences accept the presentation as a true and meaningful speech.
Brown encourages her audience to embrace their vulnerability, “We have to be familiar with our vulnerability. If we numb our vulnerable self we lose our ability to be grateful.”
At this point Brown gives confidence to her audience to accept everything in their life, accept their vulnerability, and learn to be grateful. An ability to be grateful is a condition to grow happiness.
Brown is a professional social worker. She meets various people and bridges a connection between them. The connection requires an unconditional love. In order to love people even the one that she didn’t know before, we have to be kind to ourselves first and then to others. Because as it turns out we can’t practice compassion with other people if we can’t treat ourselves kindly.
A Closing that Melts Your Heart
A good and effective presentation should left a deep meaning in audience heart. Beside its opening part, a good closing part of a presentation must get enough attention for its crucial role.
Brené Brown closed her presentation in a remarkable approach when she presented some encouraging idea. Her closing statement assembles up many ideas in her presentation and helps her audience understand her presentation in a good way.
Brown presented an idea about vulnerability. A vulnerable aspect of an individual’s life must be seen as an opportunity and not as an obstacle instead. On a ground of interpersonal connection, someone vulnerablity can act as a bridge and a strong point to build up a good and helathy connection.
The advantage of vulnerabilty aspect in someone’s life will arise if he or she embraces it. This act of acceptance encourage self to understand that we have are worthy enough to be loved and to love everybody.
Brown underlined the idea in her closing part, “Because when we work from a place, I believe I’m enough, then we stop screaming and start listening. We will kinder and gentler to the people around us, and we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves.”
In her modest appearance, Brown shows us that she’s in a master speaker category, thanks to her academic ability. Brown seems to realize that she has to build a strong connection with her audience first. This is a very reason why she deliver her idea in a non-academic style and choose a more popular way instead.