You might have a perfect story or illustration, the ideal graph or illustration, the anecdote to end all anecdote – and yet all of that might still be worthless to your listener.
Chaos is all around right now. It might seem safe in the seat where you are. Maybe you want to call upon supernatural powers to fix your problem. It’s not safe. You’re still stuck in the mud. You are not helpless in our current situation. You can do this. Stop blaming the mud, the horses, the mighty Hercules even. Get down and push your own wagon, too.
I teach about storytelling, public speaking, and publishing. Each of those three areas has salt-and-pepper level basics that need to be learned, understood, and practiced to be competent. What is it that you do? Does it have “basics” that need to be embraced? I know that you know what these basics are. Maybe we all need to relearn a bit?