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The Power of Words

Hey there, brave humans!

Me again. Today I'm going to share something with you that's near and dear to my heart. Let me begin by saying Meaghan, the awesome human she is, has the interns write weekly journal entries. This is one of my favorite parts of the intern experience because it's an opportunity to write in a casual, stress-free way (a rare occurrence in the world of an English major). I also love reading Meaghan's response to my journals because it feels like old school letter correspondance. Kind of like a Jane Austen novel, but without the all marriage proposals. That would be weird.

Each week we're given a prompt to write about. This usually consists of a video and 18 related quotes, because Meaghan loves quotes and struggles to pick just one. It cracks me up because I'm the same way. (That doesn't stop me from poking fun at her, though). 

This particular excerpt is from an entry we wrote in order to prepare for a presentation project. More on that project later. For now, please enjoy some thoughts inspired by Sarah Kay's TED talk titled "If I Should Have a Daughter" :)

There is one presentation that has particularly stuck with me since the first time I saw it: Sarah Kay’s TED Talk in 2011. One day, my dad, a TED talk enthusiast and the person responsible for my TED obsession, sent me the link. He said something along the lines of "this is why you have to keep writing and doing what you do." I'm lucky for his consistent encouragment. This presentation stuck with me for a number of reasons...
...Sarah’s TED talk isn’t just executed beautifully, but the message itself encourages people to think about something that I care very much about. Words. She uses spoken word as an example of how she best expresses values that I hold very dear, and so that connection exemplifies how when you're passionate, it shows. An effective presentation requires passion more than anything. That’s how I see life, and I don’t want that to change. It’s so easy to lose that. I definitely have before, and I don’t want to let it slip away again.
Passion is what lights words on fire and makes them able to matter to other people. Words without emotion, positive or negative, and therefore without some level of passion, fall flat and don’t have much of an impact. Passion is captivating. I don’t want to feel bad about having “too much” passion anymore, because I think our society shames excitement and caring too much. The bridge from words to people’s hearts and minds is passion. There are many different ways to give an effective presentation, but if you don’t care, it can't reach its full potential. So why even bother?

 

So, you brave humans you, that's all for now. 

Keep an eye out for the first ever Learn 4 Change post, as well as some updates about our first ever leadership conference, Student Speak Out Submissions, and Meaghan's experience at the Women's March on Washington!

 

Stay brave y'all! 

Serena