I’m Here on Purpose
Not my line but I wish it were.
‘I’m here on purpose!’, cried Moss in the final episode of Graham Linehan’s classic and hilarious Channel 4 situation comedy ‘The IT Crowd’ (watch it here).
The situation: having been informed by his boss that a man may gain confidence by wearing ‘women’s slacks’, Moss ventured out to his nearest boutique. He made an effort to browse the rails of women’s clothing before announcing to a perplexed shop assistant, ‘I’m here on purpose!’.
It was really funny and it made me think…
Am I here, where I am today, on purpose?
As part of my plan?
By my own choosing?
Under my own steam?
Indeed I am.
It’s often the case that we’re pushed on stage not by a deep desire to become a public speaker, but by a manager who has the confidence in us that we do not.
Many first-time public speakers will tell you they find themselves speaking in public very unwillingly.
They are not ‘there on purpose’, and they want to get the ordeal over with as soon as possible.
However, if you can bear with it long enough to realise the very important role that confident public speakers can play in industry and in society, perhaps public speaking will become your purpose.
The clients I work with want to speak on purpose with purpose.
They don’t want to feel out of place on stage.
They want to feel they are making a difference in the world.
If this sounds like you, drop me a line. The world needs more charismatic, purposeful public speakers.
I’m here on purpose. Are you?