Sermons from the Mount: The Difference Between Presenting Work and Worrying Others with It

You are an aspiring young artist/author[ess]/musician/businessman/researcher/insert profession here. You’ve worked hard at your craft and now you’re ready to put your work out there and present it to the people you know- but how?

Let’s keep on by assuming you find an open forum for your craft where people of your kind may share ideas openly. You’ve made it to the meeting and, unable to control yourself, you excitedly burst into a tidal wave of explanation all about what you’ve accomplished on your turn to share. You leave the meeting exhilarated to have gotten your stuff out there- surely your enthusiasm for the intricate complexities and fine details of your hard work helped pull everyone else in to loving it!

Well, chances are, no. Instead, that well-meaning babbling on your part made people carelessabout your work then they did before you spoke! So what happened?

Chances are, you fell so in love with your precious art baby, you forgot the number one rule of creating something new- chances are, the people you are presenting todo not care.There is only so much attention they plan to pay you and once you run it over, blatantly disrespecting their own offered politeness, the courteous bond between new audience and unknown creator sours the longer your time runs.

There is nothing wrong with being excited, or loving your work, or even wanting to show it off! One must simply toe the line between passionate presenter and something like-

Hey. Hey look at this thing I made. I made a thing. This is the thing that I made that is really cool and it has all these different parts here let me show you this, this is this one specific thing that ties in with these twelve other things- oh, let me tell you about the twelve other things! See thing one, it started fifty years back blahblahablahblahblahblah.

That will lose attention, even if your work is not uninteresting, and that is a terrible shame.