More Writing for Speakers

Some of you might have read some of my previous posts about writing, and think, “I don’t want to write every day, or even every week”. Until 70 or so days ago, I felt the same way. It took quite a while leading up to that decision point for me to change my mind. In short: I don’t blame you.

I’d like to give you some personal stats on how writing can make a positive difference, whether you write something daily, weekly, or just as you find time.

Through today, I’ve written 70 posts. A majority of them have been about Public Speaking Tips, some have been on Writing, and some on Leadership. A few have been specifically about Toastmasters and a few a bit random.

In just under 3 months, I’ve turned 5 of the ideas into speeches, and expanded on 4 previous speeches to include more content. I’ve also generated over 30,000 words, which I think is at least 8 pages for my book idea. Of course, some of those topics won’t make the book, but many will, or will fuel other ideas for the book.

One of the more interesting things to me is how I’ve managed to remember some stories that I hadn’t thought of in some time. This has allowed me to start building my story file, which any good speaker will tell you is an important key to developing better speeches.

If you’re like I was, you’ll probably think you don’t have much to write about. The funny thing is, once you start you’ll find that you had more inside you than you ever thought possible, and once it’s on paper you’ll see it and be able to reference it more easily in the future.

I do have a modified recommendation, though. I think it is better to create the posts in another word processing program to save on your hard drive (and back-up), and then copy the content into your WordPress site. Of course, I run an “export” on the WordPress site once a week into an XML file, but having a normal wordprocessing file backup would be good too.

If you’re not convinced yet, don’t worry. It took me a while to find the writing bug. How long will it last? Who knows. But as long as I have ideas, I’ll write them down and keep moving forward

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