When one thinks of Richard, the words that come to mind are: Well-read, articulate, extemporaneous, gentle, and passionate.
In talking one-on-one with him you’ll quickly discover his deep seated passion. His passion is helping others find their purpose in life. Their soul purpose. Uncorking that passion in front of an audience produces an internal “kaboom”. It’s pure chemistry when a very gifted, passionate public speaker interacts with an audience. Somehow, Richard doesn’t talk at you from the lectern but rather he engages you in a personal conversation. He can say more in 5 minutes than some do in an hour. Yes, he’s that good.
Someday, hopefully soon, TED or Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit will invite him to speak at their event. And when they do, all I want for Christmas, is a first row seat. Kaboom!
Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.
Seize Your Life, Inc.
An Item from Richard’s To-Do list
1. What’s the most “interesting, difficult, fun…” To-Do on your list?
It’s a toss between writing and teaching. Teaching has immediate feedback; writing has little feedback but is so deeply rewarding.
2. What makes it a/an “interesting, difficult, fun…” To-Do? How hard was it to learn?
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them” Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics. I think I learned to teach and speak, and the teaching and speaking taught me how to write.
3. How did you learn it? (In a class, self-taught, mentored, space aliens?)
To answer the question, Yes, yes, yes, and perhaps. Practice, practice, practice.
4. How often do you have to complete the To-Do?
Teaching and writing come every week. Large projects such as a manuscript or a new class require several months of work.
5. What do you like most about the To- Do?
Teaching and writing challenge my best. I love it when the students “get it” and the words roll out of my heart and on the paper.
6. What advice would you give if you had to train someone on the To-Do?
Take classes, read books, and take notes. What works? What doesn’t? What’s you? What’s not?
7. Is there anything else you’d like to share about your To-Do?
Love to, but I have a manuscript due and a class in 20 minutes.
8. Funniest thing that ever happened while completing the To- Do.
Humor in a classroom is often like humor in a family, all inside jokes. The humor that spontaneously emerges from the lesson often carries a great power to teach.