Recently, we were reviewing photos we took in our Colorado workshop and recalled a statement from instructor John Fielder. It was dusk. And our location was a serene mountain lake surrounded by golden aspen. Fielder said that if a reflection photo contained enough dynamic visual information, it could occupy more space in the frame without being aesthetically overbearing.

On a recent hike along the Rio Grande, we saw that concept in play when we observed cottonwood trees reflected in the still waters. Being reflective or introspective is also valuable for speakers. Your point of view illuminates and enlivens data in your presentation. The more you rely on your own insights, the better an audience can see and buy into the message, and the less anxiety you feel. We believe it’s critical to develop and deliver your personal take on a topic, no matter how dry or data-driven the material. And by extension, those reflections can occupy more space in your talk. Always make the messenger as important as the message.


  1. Caryn Siebert says:

    This entire pandemic has given us time to be more reflective and introspective. I notice more fresh air, clear skies, and brighter flowers. I also consider in deciding whether to go out for a meal, is this a person I truly value and care about enough to risk my health. Imagine that and how precious those friends are in that light. I also miss so many other friends around the country who I don’t get to see so rely on phone and email to stay connected. Thanks for letting us consider “reflections” this morning.

  2. Deborah Shames says:

    You truly understand the message we wanted to convey with this week’s tip. Thanks. Your comments mean a lot to us.

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