About my Toastmasters Project 9: Persuade with Power “Drip, Drip, Drip”

My eighth Toastmasters speech from the ninth project in the Competent Communication manual which is called Persuade with Power was titled, Drip, Drip, Drip because I wanted to talk about my process for writing and trying to persuade other members to figure out a process for themselves.  I’ll give the short version here.  Basically my process evolves around my morning and night routines which determine the amount of sleep I get at night.  To make this process effective I need to wake up before son wakes up, usually between 6:30am and 7:00am, because then I just want to play with my son before work.  I try to wake up at 5 am giving me an hour write and shower before my son wakes up.  During this time I concentrate on completing a daily habit of writing 750 words or what many people call morning pages.  These 750 words can be anything.  My main goal is write what comes to mind and not censor anything.  I want a pure brain dump.  I find this to be the best way to develop writing ideas. It also allows me to think about my day, problems, or anything else bothering me. These 750 words may not have a huge effect on you for one day but the key is creating the habit.  I think Seth Godin explained it best in his blog post ‘Writer’s block and the drip,’ it’s about completing this task each day and watching the quantity of those daily posts turn into something.  It’s why I’m following the drip method because I want to lower the stakes, remove the fear, and build something.