Looking at rings with your girlfriend. You may not really have a choice or the opportunnity to back out without serious implications. You have a choice to not only come to Toastmasters meetings but also participate in them. It’s been since June since my last speech and I’m not making the kind of progress I want. I’ve been saying, “I’ll write this speech tomorrow or present another day.” I’m trying to build a trail of accomplishments I can be proud of and point to potential employers insted of handing them a resume like everyone else. If you’re still passing around a resume you’ve already lost. People and employers want something different. They want someone to show them what they can actually achieve.
That’s why I’ve created the goal of speaking every week. I write a blog post almost everyday, and I’ve been dedicating Tuesday’s to post about, “A Speech Every Week.” I can also use those daily blog posts I’ve been publishing for almost an entire year as material for futures speeches. A lot of these speeches might not be great. A lot of my blog posts our garbage but I keep writing them everyday. Year’s worth of writing 750words will result in over 270,000 words or a little over 1,000 pages. I could publish a book with that amount of material.
Are all those words publishable? No, a lot of it is shit. Any great entreprenuer, performer, writer, or anyone doing battle in the arena has failed. Andrew McCutchen only hit a ball less than 30% of the time he was at bat. In the book, Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff, he talks about how Jerry Seinfeld, probably one of the most recognizable comedians in the world, needs three months of touring to create a half hour of comedy. When he first starts a new routine he only has three minutes to capture the audience. If he’s not funny then they turn on him. It doesn’t matter that he’s Jerry Seinfeld. Somedays he stinks and there are a lot of people who don’t get his humor but it doesn’t stop him. If you’re making something for everyone it will probably stink.
It’s easier to not write a new speech every week. It’s easier to not goe up there and maybe bomb but that’s learning. We’re all learning, working on our communication skills. Some people here are very talented some of us our less talented but those talented individuals are putting in the work necessary to improve. That’s what I’m trying to do.
Unlike my decision to go ring shopping with the women who would eventually become my wife. I actually have a choice if I want to get better, if i want to succeed. and so do you. start writing.