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Sunday, April 26, 2009
 
Don't Just Sit There on your Assets™

You can't turn on the news or browse the Internet these days without hearing about losses of assets — to persons, small businesses, corporations, or governments. There is naturally a lot of concern over these losses. Now is the best time, however, to look at what we have - and have possibly overlooked in the past.

Assets are commonly thought of in terms of measurable material commodities — whether cash in the bank, stocks, vehicles, real estate, etc. The most valuable assets we own, however, are those that are not as measurable in terms of exchangeable value, but have a far higher intrinsic value. We simply have to look in order to find them.

One of the biggest errors speakers of all experience levels make is not taking full advantage of their assets. We each have a uniquely distinct set of assets that differentiate us from every other speaker out there. These resources can be our greatest strengths, and are easily overlooked just because we are so used to them - they may seem common to us. We may even see them as liabilities.

How many speakers have you heard that have tried to be Tony Robbins, Les Brown, or Dr. Phil? Many people overlook some of their own greatest strengths trying to imitate (consciously or unconsciously) the strengths of others. The great thing about focusing on your own personal assets is that they are yours alone.

What do I mean by assets? Anything that you have acquired by experience, by accident, or by choice. For example, my wife Rachael Jayne, who is a professional speaker, speaks with a delightful Australian accent that many people (outside of Australia) find charming. A PhD degree is also an asset. So is having performed active military duty, experience as an elementary school teacher, or having won the lottery (duh!). Think of your assets as many links in a strong chain.

The most overlooked assets are people's stories. You have hundreds upon thousands of stories from your life. If you haven't already, start writing them down. As you write them down, more will come. You will find these stories from your life very useful when you speak. Using personal stories told in context of the point being made give the speaker authenticity and credibility.

Last, but not least, one day in the distant future you will look back with great pleasure at those stories, and realize it was all worthwhile.

Thanks for tuning in!

~Datta Groover

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Like your speeches Datta I look forward to more thought provoking blog posts. Keep them coming
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Higher Speech was founded in 2004 by Datta Groover in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. He realized that as much as he had to offer others, by bringing others on board with their own unique specialties and strengths, there is far more to offer the world at large together than what we can all do separately.

The name "Higher Speech" was chosen because it says what we are all about. In the history of our planet, "Higher Speech" is what has always made the most positive and long-lasting influences.

About Datta

Datta Groover's goal is to inspire others to improve their level and quality of communication, helping lives work better personally and professionally. He offers public-sector workshops on Communication and Public speaking, as well as workshops within the corporate world.

He has authored 4 books, both fiction and non-fiction, is a professional member of both the The National Speakers Association, and of The Author's Guild. Datta has published numerous articles, and worked for many years as the content and style editor for Torchlight Publishing.

He has been speaking in professional circles since the mid-1980s when he chaired the International Committee for Self-Sufficiency, and has spoken in Europe, India, Africa, South America, and North America (and not just to ask for directions).

He works primarily as a fee-paid speaker, though is always happy to lend his services to a worthy cause.  His primary area of speaking centers around personal communication, both within the business environment and in people’s personal lives.  His speaking style is simple, direct, entertaining, and from the heart.   

Datta & Rachael Jayne GrooverDatta is a motivational speaker and is hired frequently by speakers, authors, and trainers who want to improve their presentation and communication skills. He lives with his wife Rachael Jayne in Fort Collins, Colorado.