If your Message is Worth hearing, People will Listen

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If your Message is Worth hearing, People will Listen

I am currently away from home and writing this from a hotel in Sudbury, Ontario. There are several reasons for me being on the road, the first being two days of Rotary training, followed by a three day Rotary conference, in Niagara Falls. Then a drive to Sudbury for the Cinefest Film Festival and, on Wednesday, I will be giving two Keynotes at Cambrian College, here in Sudbury. 

One thing that all of these events have in common, is the way in which different facilitators,  presenters, speakers and filmmakers have a message to convey. The way in which they share it is extremely varied. Some will just get up and speak, some will use technology, others will present workshops and the filmmakers use their art. 

On looking back at all the events I have attended, the one thing that is evident is, if your message is worth hearing, the more people will listen intently, ask questions, take notes or give a positive response.

During the training sessions, I was able to hear about new initiatives, consider good practice and think about new approaches to the things I will be required to do in my developing role in Rotary. 

At the conference, I was able to listen to speakers sharing their passion for Rotary, bringing delegates up-to-date with the great work Rotary is doing both locally, nationally and internationally. I was able to chat with other delegates and find out what is going on in Rotary Clubs in Canada and parts of the US. 

At Cinefest, one of the top 5 film festivals in Canada, I was proud to be at the World Premiere of the feature documentary film, The Secret Marathon. This Canadian –made film, follows the story of a group Afghan women who are fighting for the right to be able to run, to have the freedom to play sports and my journey to support them. I wondered how the film would be received, would the message come across, how would the audience respond? 

People had obviously been interested enough from what they had already heard, that over 400 tickets were sold for the event, held at the Sudbury Silver City Cineplex. This meant an additional screening had to be added and, at the end, the film received a three-minute standing ovation. 

Which brings me to my up-coming events on Wednesday, at Cambrian College. I will be giving two different talks, Firstly, in the afternoon, I will speak to staff and students in a presentation entitled Ordinary to Extraordinary: How one person can make a difference and, in the evening, I will give a presentation to members of the public on the story behind the film and my book of the same title, The Secret Marathon. 

I’m hoping my talks will go well. It’s up to me to engage my audience. I feel I have a message worth listening to. I will speak with passion and conviction and hope I can engage with everyone in the room. 

So, if you have a worthwhile message to share then you have to ensure that its heard.

About the Author

Martin Parnell is the Best-Selling author of MARATHON QUEST and RUNNING TO THE EDGE and his final book in the Marathon Trilogy, THE SECRET MARATHON-Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan through sport, was released on October 30th 2018. He speaks on having a “Finish the Race Attitude – Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Your Full Potential” and has written for, or been covered by CNNBBCCBCThe Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Runners World, Men’s Journal, Canadian Business, and Maclean’s.

In a five year period, from 2010 to 2014, Martin completed 10 extreme endurance “Quests” including running 250 marathons in one year and raising $1.3m for the humanitarian organization Right To Play. In 2016 he ran the Marathon of Afghanistan in support of Afghan women and girls running for equality and his film “The Secret Marathon” will be out in the fall of 2019. Find out more about Martin at www.martinparnell.com  and see what he can do for you in the long run.

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