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The Anatomy of Demonstration
"Word of mouth is the original social media." - George Silverman
The root of the word "demonstration" is "demonstrate," which comes from the Latin word "demonstrare," meaning "to point out" or "to show clearly." The prefix "de-" in "demonstrate" means "completely" or "thoroughly," and the verb "monstrare" means "to show" or "to point out." So "demonstrate" means "to show or prove something clearly and completely." The suffix "-ion" is added to "demonstrate" to form the noun "demonstration," which refers to an act of demonstrating something or an event or display that shows something.
Considering the preceding posts, Dream, Desire, Doubt, Definition, Disruption, you need to think about the person best served and why your line of thinking does that.
Knowing that you need support to continue, how will you make it easy for them to “demonstrate” who you are, where you are and what you do?
How will they describe, illustrate, explain, or testify to what you represent?
What memory can you instill into their psyche, enabling them to explain to others simply and concisely?
Albert Einstien once said, "If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself."
Advertising can produce a positive image of your product or service, but it wastes resources if your or your employee's actions do not support what you promote.
I never liked advertising; the main reason was probably a “scarcity mindset.” I didn’t have the money and felt I couldn’t afford it. But, truthfully, it was as much reality as mindset.
Our word of mouth in the community was positive. We did our best to treat employees as equal geniuses by valuing their opinions when business decisions affecting them needed consideration. In addition, we would always say yes to donation requests from various organizations.
"Word of mouth is the most powerful medium of influence because it carries the weight of the person who is promoting it." -Jay Baer.
No longer a business owner has me practicing how to apply the “D” process to my writing; part is about craft, and another is about courage.
Learning the writing craft is formulaic. First, I seek knowledge by reading how-to books, taking courses, joining writers' groups, etc. Learning that writing will only improve with practice; I will write, write, and write some more.
In copying another writer’s style, I dishonour the prior Living According to D posts by skipping over differences, making it harder for others to demonstrate, and the dream dies if my desire to be a writer gets stuck in doubt.
But writing takes more than willpower to put thoughts in print; it takes courage.
In his book, The Courage to Write, Ralph Keyes shares, “Were an antidote discovered to literary anxiety, writers would be deprived of a powerful ally.
Famous author Henry Miller shared his feelings about writers when he said, "The only writers I respect are those who have put themselves completely into their work. Not those who use their skilful hands to do something. This isn't writing, in my opinion. A man who can dash off a book, let's say and say it's a good novel, a best-seller, even of some value, but it isn't representative completely of him, of his personality, then there's something wrong there. This man is a fraud, in a way, to me. All he put into his book was his skill. And that's nothing. I prefer a man who is unskillful, who is an awkward writer, but who has something to say, who is dealing himself one time on every page."
A few ways people can demonstrate their thoughts about someone or something are verbally or by their actions. People can “demonstrate” their reviews about someone or something in many ways, and the specific approach they choose will depend on their personality, situation, and preferences.
So, if you enjoyed this post, please share and demonstrate to me that I am on the right track.
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