Dear PT Students,
Have you ever seen an amazing public speaker and just thought about how incredibly talented they were?
As I started the process of becoming better at public speaking, I was always in awe of the people that just had such a natural ability for it. They moved intentionally, spoke smoothly and had a presence that could not be ignored.
The admiration mixed with intimidation I had for public speakers was the same admiration and intimidation I felt as a student and as a new grad when I was with awesome clinicians.
But the farther I got into public speaking, the more it became apparent that it wasn’t all talent. In fact so much of what each engaging speaker did was something that could be learned. How to move on stage, how to manipulate tone, and timing were all things that could be taught and practiced. It wasn’t talent, it was training.
The same is true for the clinicians you admire. They studied, they practiced, and they got better. They didn’t possess some talent or knowledge that is out of reach.
See those clinicians as a prediction of what you can be in the future, not of where you need to be right now.
It isn’t talent, it is training.
Jenna and The Professional Rebellion