A Tale of Two Leaders
‘If you want to get the attention of a noisy room, talk in a whisper.’
This was one of the greatest pieces of advice I got when I was a children’s entertainer.
No one wants to be the one who isn’t in on the secret.
I was reminded of it when Will Smith - a leader to many - tried to get the attention of the room by yelling louder. It worked, but not the way he hoped.
I thought too of Fred Rogers, host of the nationally syndicated children's television series, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
For decades, this quietly spoken man was a leader to millions of children in the USA.
👉🏼He turned up on the small screen
👉🏼week after week, year after year
👉🏼and spoke his truth as he saw the world.
I think the world is ready for a bit more Fred Rogers and a bit less Will Smith.
It gets to a point that when everyone is trying to out-yell everyone else it doesn’t work anymore.
So if you have something inside of you you want to tell the world I think now is a good time to say it.
✅ on video
✅ on matters dear to you
✅ with vulnerability
✅ without fanfare
✅ without expectation
The world needs leaders like you.
👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼On May 1, 1969 he testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce Subcommittee on Communications to defend $20 million in federal funding proposed for the newly formed non-profit Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which was at risk of being reduced to $10 million. Watch the full 7 minutes. It is a wonderful example of powerful persuasion.
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