Evaluation is necessary for improvement. It is also a natural inclination of humanity to discern and interpret (i.e. evaluate) all aspects of communication. This is because evaluation is the means by which we understand what we understand. In her speech on how to give an evaluation, Jennifer explains how to use the W.I.S.E.
Fear is false evidence appearing real. It is the daily itch of overactive doubt that scratching at our insecurities. Audrey reminds us to rebuke our fears as little pieces of death that refuse to allow us to bask in life. The theme of overcoming fear is further echoed in Patrick's speech, "The Speaker in You," as he reminds us that we all have a story to tell and therefore we all have a speech to give.
Personal narratives are the essence of how we both share our journey and empower other people on their pathway. Jennifer and David reminded us that life is not merely about the destination; it is also about the process. Whether learning life lessons from our children, traveling the world, or living life on a different patch of the planet, we are all "making haste, slowly."
Goals and dreams are not merely wishful thinking. They provide direction in life, a map for prioritizing time, and a tangible mile marker for both where we are in life and where we hope to end up. Goals are the GPS so that we don't "live lives of quiet desperation" and dreams are the fuel that prevent us from "dying with the song still in us."
Mindset is a major part of every struggle and every victory. As Toastmaster, Jennifer reminded every person to (re)set his/her mindset at the beginning of each day. Using Hal Elrod's acronym SAVERS, Jennifer provided a heuristic for beginner every day with structure, poise, and purpose.