Given Steve Jobs' return to work last week after a 5-month medical leave following his liver transplant, there's no better time than now to go back and listen to Jobs' 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University.
I first heard the speech three years ago, when I had just gotten into this work. It continues to be a source of inspiration to me:
Jobs speaks powerfully about the vital importance of loving what you do.
I believe this lesson can be applied even if you are not "in love" with your work - or with your presentation topic.
In other words. even if you are given the task of delivering speak on an inherently dull, dry, loveless, or otherwise miserable subject, strive to connect it to something you care about. For some, this is an impossible task - yet even the effort of trying will make a difference.
The more you can find reasons to care about your content - and about the people who are listening to you - the stronger your presentation will be.
From the Green Room: Each time you speak, try to connect your content to something you really care about. And if you find yourself feeling utterly uninspired, watch Steve Jobs' commencement speech, again.