Janine Shepherdwas a champion cross-country skier in trainingfor the Winter Olympics.
While she was on a bike ride in training for the Olympics, Janine wassuddenly struck by a speeding utility truck.The force of the hit left her in a critical and life threateningstate.
Many doctors figured that her life would be over. She proved them wrong but herability to walk was gone.
Not letting that interfere with her dreams, she continued to heal up her broken bodyand went for a new goal within her sights.
After watching an airplane fly above her one day, she decided to go forpiloting and began trainingwhile wearing a body cast.Soon enough, she received her piloting license and soon became an aerobatics instructor.
She even learned towalk again, evenwhen Doctors toldher the opposite.
The thesis of her speech was to inform others that just because your body isn’t in aworking state doesn’t mean that you should stop reaching for goals. Everyone hassomething that life assigned to you and therefore you should go for it, no matter whatobstacles come for you.
“It [doesnt matter] what you look like, where you come from, or what you do for aliving. All that matters is that we continue to fan the flame of humanity by living ourlives as the ultimate creative expression of who we really are.” -Janine Shepherd
“Life is about opportunities”In her Introduction, she began to talk about how she was preparingfor the Olympics by having a bike ride with her teammates. Shebegan to describe the wonderful feeling she felt while bikingtowards the mountains: the cool air she breathed in, the warm sunshining upon her face, and then the darkness she suddenly saw.Just by hearing about that, you would instantly be curious aboutwhat exactly did she mean by mentioning a sudden darkness rightafter talking about the warm sun.
She managed to keep the engagement of theaudience by describing all that happened within herhealing process with a lot of detail. She gave theaudience a chance to imagine what she wentthrough and even had them experience onemoment while she was recuperating by having themhold a straw. The story behind the straw is apowerful story to listen to. She also had humorousmoments within her presentation despite most of itbeing serious and emotional to lighten up the mood.
Dynamics: 5/5Janine’s story was a story almost like the movies. Herpresentation and how she used the chairs to advancethroughout her story kept her audience eager to knowwhat story is within each chair when she gets to it.
To me, Sir Ken Robinson wasmore professional towards histopics while having lots ofhumor added. Janine Shepherdwas more of a motivationalspeaker with a very powerfuland positive attitude.
Both set their points straight and provided stories about theirmain topic, whether it was about themselves or something theyheard about.
I have learned that when delivering apresentation, I am able to bring props toshow others about what I am talking about orto give them a visual about the story I amtelling. It will keep the audience interestedabout the specific prop and how it isimportant to me and the topic.I have also learned to always try to keep theaudience’s attention by keeping the stories asinteresting as possible, whether it is serious,humorous, emotional or a mixture of thethree.
Tip To Others:Props are okay for a presentation, wither it is a chair,a table, a stepping stool or even a flexible straw. If itis relevant to your presentation or if it is somethingyou want the audience to understand why it is part ofyour life then go ahead.Visuals are always a good thing to use when you aretalking to others because it allows your audience tosee the same thing you are seeing.