Do you have a SSDT?

October 4, 2012

The best in the world make the complex simple. They take us on intellectual walks of wonder and leave footprints of awe.

Max Dixon is a master speaker who has traveled the world serving  top corporations. I had the joy of being ‘Maxed‘ in Toronto.

He asked volunteers to give a tiny bit of their speech. Then he would lean in and whisper advice and ask them to speak again. The transformation was immediate. People spoke with more power, poise and impact and we learned why.

When Max asked for another volunteer, ‘Does anyone have a hard time being heard?’ my hand shot up and I got up. I read a statement with increasing volume. With each increase he would take a step back. My goal was to back him up to the wall.  I spoke louder and louder, my throat straining. He hit the wall. I took a breath.

Max walked back towards me, looked at me with such warmth and whispered  ‘stand at your full height’. He put one hand on each side of my head, tilted it and asked me to speak again.  I spoke with more volume and less effort. It was transformative.

Masters don’t give more information, they give epiphanies – a SSDT – a single simple doable thing. I’ve been standing taller ever since.


Are you or your business reaching the fullest potential?

Good is no longer good enough. The goal is perfection and the path that takes us there leads to excellence.
Louise B. Karch