Thursday, September 1, 2011

Planning the Right Experiences


In a hilarious blog entry, Doug "Blue Skunk" Johnson writes:
It's tough dropping old presentations from my oeeuvre. They are like old shoes - comfortable, familiar, reliable, and still of value since I update each talk every time I give it. But I euthanized a few this weekend*.
What I would like to know having ruthlessly obliterated my "keynotes" folder is, how do you grow calves into cash cows?

The thought comes to mind as I begin asking myself, What do I want to facilitate a keynote about a year from now?

The answer to the question may come a bit easier than I imagined. In my Dale Carnegie training, oh so long ago when I was a 17 year old, one of the questions that would come up when planning a talk was, What have you earned the right to speak about?

Dale Carnegie writes in his book, The Quick and Easy to Effective Speaking, the following:
Speak about something you have earned the right to talk about through experience or story.

For me, that translates into yet another question: Am I planning the right experiences for myself so that I will have earned the right to speak about it?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I completely agree with the quote by Dale Carnegie! I believe that people only have the right to speak on things they have learned from. How does someone give advice on something if they have never gone through that particular situation? It is amazing to me how people speak on what they do not know. Your post has inspired to me to write a post in the future about Dale Carnegie's quote on my blog at

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