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I had the opportunity to put what I learned at Interact into practice when I traveled to Southern Sudan to conduct a 3-day women’s conference for 55 leaders. I taught several extra subjects with minimal preparation. The teaching conditions were not ideal…I spoke through a translator in very hot conditions…but the women embraced me and the teaching. I took to heart the authenticity I learned from Interact and shared several relevant personal stories. My vulnerability broke down barriers that allowed the women to open up and share their own experiences. We all found that we had more in common than perhaps we expected.
I did a presentation to some of our techs yesterday. Not a ton of notice (1 day). I didn’t use a deck. I went over the material and actually did some diagrams on the board instead of hiding behind PowerPoint. I felt so much more relaxed and only used one connecting word. I felt so much more authentic and at ease with the material. Even when challenged by the group I think it great and I got some great feedback on being able to translate the material to a base level of understanding for everyone in the room. So I just wanted to update you that I am applying the feedback and its working for me.