Archives for category: Speaking


Read more about the speakers, writers, coaches, and workshop leaders HERE.

Gabrielle Bernstein guides us in valuing our knowledge and experience.  Listen to the KNOWING YOUR WORTH LECTURE podcast to explore asking for the rates you deserve (iTune one).


Aspen Ideas Festival: David Brooks – “Educating the Emotions: A Middle Aged Guy Talks About Engaging Passion” (Jul 2010)

Ideas In Education: David Brooks of the New York Times discusses engaging passion.


TED Talk: Isabel Allende tells tales of passion (Mar 2007)

Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism — and, of course, passion — in this talk.

This article was originally posted on Seth Godin’s Blog (Sep 13 2010)


There are three stages of preparation. (For a speech, a product, an interview, a sporting event…)

The first I’ll call the beginner stage. This is where you make huge progress as a result of incremental effort.

The second is the novice stage. This is the stage in which incremental effort leads to not so much visible increase in quality.

And the third is the expert stage. Here’s where races are won, conversations are started and sales are made. A huge amount of effort, off limits to most people, earns you just a tiny bit of quality. But it’s enough to get through the Dip and be seen as the obvious winner.

Here’s the myth: The novice stage is useful.

If all you’re going to do is go through the novice stage before you ship, don’t bother. If you’re not prepared to put in the grinding work of the expert stage, just do the beginner stuff and stop screwing around. Make it good enough and ship it and move on.

We diddle around in the novice stage because we’re afraid. We polish (but not too much) and go to meetings (plenty of them) and look for deniability, spending hours and hours instead of shipping. And the product, in the end, is not so much better.

I’m all for expertise. Experts, people who push through and make something stunning–we need more of them. But let’s be honest, if you’re not in the habit of being an expert, it’s unlikely your current mode of operation is going to change that any time soon.

Go, give a speech. Go, start a blog. Go, ship that thing that you’ve been hiding. Begin, begin, begin and then improve. Being a novice is way overrated.