Jerrel Jackson talk by Emma

The Power of Dance – Jerrel Jackson talk by Emma
As a recent graduate, I applied to be a dance ambassador to network, learn more about dance career opportunities and to keep myself in the dance loop! To my great surprise, from our first meeting in Nottingham last month, I gained new friends. This daunting new experience is now easier with the help and support from the whole team of dance ambassadors, One Dance UK and Dance Consortium. An additional surprise was the overwhelming support from all areas of the dance community. One of which was Jerrel Jackson, of Creative Academies, who joined us in Nottingham inductions, giving us motivation and public speaking skills to aid towards the best ways to communicate in presentations and to the public.

Know your potential by learning from your past. Jerrel
Jerrel’s talk started with his journey. The message is that personal self is just as important as professional and public self when being an advocate. An example of this was the battles against dyslexia, which is a problem faced by many in the creative industry. Dyslexia should never prevent you from what you want to achieve; and Jerrel shows us from his journey how it can come at a great advantage by encouraging us to use our creative sides to impact others, and not to shy away from using mediums like movement to express our ideas as they may be heard louder.

It’s all about change: systems and people. Jerrel
He explains the way to make an impact is to change perceptions and then change the system. He is labelled as a ‘creative superhero’ in the cultural and social sector; from his presentation, the ambassadors and I can support this title. Jerrel’s talk was both informative and motivational; the way in which he captured us with his words made us more intrigued to find out how we can use language as power.

People listen better when they do not have to listen. Jerrel

We were then set a task to use all the information gained to present a ‘power of dance’ topic ourselves. We used Jerrel’s very succinct alliteration formats and then highlight the most important points that will impact the perceptions of others most. Three areas: Focus on myself, my community, my role and my world. Which will question why your values are important by listing the significance it has. It can focus on the bigger picture of your vision and suggests if it is viable to the situation now. Altogether, your virtues are held accountable and these steps help outline them for you and the public. Another great tip which was evident from this scenario is that shorter statements or phrases, even a word, can have more impact than a paragraph. People listen better when they do not have to listen. Be punchy and interesting, and make sure that the attention is grabbed and then your values will be heard.

From this experience with Jerrel and the time in Nottingham with the ambassadors, I feel more confident in approaching presentation scenarios, especially when speaking about topics I find important. Jerrel is extraordinarily inspiring and the dance ambassadors have gained invaluable knowledge from him.

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