As it turns out, there have been many people who told me they didn’t want to start their own blog because it felt somehow arrogant. I thought the same about doing my own. The strange thing is, I have never felt that others are conceited because they write a blog. On the contrary, I assume they have interesting things to say and are putting themselves out there and I think, “Hey, good for them!”
Because I’ve seen so many people succeed by improving their public speaking, and I’ve been honored to help them do that, I wrote a book on my program. Yet, when it came to blogging, I wondered, “Who am I to write a blog? Why would people want to hear what I have to say?” When voicing this once, my friend Mel said, “But you think they’d want to read a whole BOOK of it?” Ahh, touché, my friend. Mel is supportive of my writing both the book and the blog, but was making the point that obviously it takes less time and commitment to read a blog and it could spark interest in the book.
You would think this would have been my turning point, but alas, what finally did it for me was realizing I have to practice what I preach just like I try to do in other communication. I tell all my clients this about public speaking – “It’s not about YOU! It’s about the audience.” This is a mindset that changes people’s presenting in a profound way that tips, strategies, and even practice cannot. So, that’s what I plan to do with my blog after this introductory post. I’m going to make it about YOU, the reader. I’m going to answer questions that you ask me and discuss topics you suggest as best I can. And when you don’t send me ideas, I’m going to talk about things that other folks have already asked or expressed interest in that would help the majority of readers. So, welcome to the Leaders Speak Blog where it’s not about me, it’s about you!