Connection vs. Perfection

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 | 3 Comments

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We work so hard to get it right.  We agonize over our PowerPoint slides.  We ensure that our data is rock-solid.  We polish our pitch.  Some of us are even lucky enough to have an entire communications team tirelessly crafting our messaging to hit every point and refute every argument, collectively aiming for perfection.  Yet…

I’ve seen a lot of great PowerPoint slides in my time that I couldn’t recall an hour later.

I’ve heard a lot of data that often sounds like it’s being delivered by Charlie Brown’s teacher.

I’ve seen pitches so polished that they look like they came straight from the can – all shiny and new.

Points can be hit and arguments can be refuted, but the truth is, it doesn’t matter how close to perfect we may come if we don’t connect.

It’s all about connection.

For real.

In my mind’s eye I’m recalling presentations and courageous conversations that have stayed with me for years – that have reached my soul and held on tight.  That have changed me – inspired me, bridged my confidence, helped me see possibilities, left me wanting to act.  They weren’t perfect, they were so much more than perfect.  They were human.

To lead, to influence, and to present powerfully we’ve got to find a way to move past our need to be perfect and aim for something far more elusive yet valuable. We must risk being seen.  We must risk being so present that it scares the pants off of us – to be that vulnerable.  That real.  We must risk connection.

Perfection is way over-rated.

For if we don’t connect, then we’re pretty much doing it for ourselves.  And nothing great gets done in a vacuum.

And we’re up to great things, right?

©OnStage Leadership, 2013;  Kimberly Davis is the Founder/Director of OnStage Leadership, a full-day experiential leadership workshop.  If you found this helpful, interesting, thought-provoking, or inspiring please “recommend”, “Like” and share.  It is only through your generosity that we can reach those who may find it valuable too.

 

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