Speaking and writing does not belong to some elite group of individuals.
Have you considered publishing or speaking to broaden the powerful impact and reach you already have on those around you? It could be for a small local audience or something larger. You might do it for money—or for the sheer passion you have for a particular topic.
Later today (May 28, 2017), I will have the opportunity to facilitate a workshop at the annual NISOD Conference in Austin, Texas. I will pose a simple question, “Why not you?” If you don’t share your talents, who will?
I hope to encourage participants to consider sharing their accumulated wisdom through publishing and/or speaking. I will be talking to college professors, advisers, and administrations. But whether you manage a retail store, teach students, serve customers in a restaurant, nurse patients in a hospital, coach a little league team, manage a household, or lead your community, you have experiences to share. Speaking and writing does not belong to some elite group of individuals.
Take a moment today, and consider all that you have to offer with respect to your accumulated wisdom.
To be sure, just because you want to write or speak, does not necessarily mean you should write or speak. And just as assuredly, not everyone has the talent or temperament for speaking and writing.
Before you brush aside the idea, though, consider what you have that others may be interested in learning. From parenting, to surfing, to gardening, to home renovation, to mentoring young minds, you make a difference in your world. Here are a few questions to help you sort through your thoughts to share your wisdom. I encourage you to work through these with someone who will give you trusted feedback.
- WHY do I want to publish and/or speak? Is it for ego, profit, passion, or the need to share an important lesson?
- WHO cares about my work—and why should they? Huge question! If you decide to speak or publish, who will be interested enough to listen?
- WHERE do I find opportunities? Local community organizations? Regional and national conferences? Letters to the editor? The community newspaper? A national magazine? Self-publishing?
- HOW do I develop a supportive learning community of associates to help me develop your writing and speaking talents? And, how can I help others to find their voices?
When we start examining these types of professional and personal growth opportunities and questions, we identify and clarify our inner desires, strengths, and challenges. And we increase our chances to connect and form collaborative, supportive networks, and create community.
Rather than saying, “I’m not a writer or speaker” I hope you will consider (and act upon) “Hey, I can write and speak, too…just never thought about it.” Find a mentor to help you begin your journey.
In fact, you may find yourself saying, “Hell, yeah, that is for me!”
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