Sunday, December 23, 2007


I found an article on KR's blog about reporting to boards, giving speeches, etc. He in turn is quoting from a gentleman named Peter Guber, who's a movie producer, who essentially deals with "stories". The article speaks of four truths when storytelling, making speeches, delivering reports, etc.

For me personally in my coaching career, the concept of "truth" is way more complicated than I'd like it to be. There's always got be be a balance. We've got to edit ourselves, choose our words wisely, tailor what we say to the individuals we work with, and find a way to always go forward, whether the truth is something positive or negative.

You know what I mean - maybe you're working with a player who just can't catch to save her life. Tell her that and you've lost her forever. Maybe your have a player who stands out head and shoulders above the rest - communicate that truth too often, and before long you're playing favorites.

Add the that the fact that all of our individual "truths" are colored by our past experiences, perspective, and supporting info. What might be
"true" to me could be completely untrue to someone else. It's a delicate balancing act that I will likely struggle with forever.

For those of us who choose to coach, "truth" is something that we dole out, when and where it's appropriate, in a delivery mechanism that we hope will work for the widest group of players. I found the four basic points below to be really insightful ideas about how truth applies to communications.

# Truth to the teller. Yes, authenticity again. Show and share who you are with an open heart.

# Truth to the audience. It’s Value for Time. They give you their time on the understanding that you will give them emotional value and personal insight.

# Truth to the moment. Be prepared and then – improvise. The preparation will ensure you don’t lose focus. The improvisation will make sure you don’t lose your audience!

# Truth to the mission. Don’t even try to inspire people to do something you don’t believe in yourself. They won’t believe in it either.