Maybe you couldn’t care less. Regardless, I would love to read your thoughts on my plans for this house in 2012.
I started blogging for one simple reason, Speechification.
Problem is, blogging has infected my soul and I’m in it for the long haul. Sorry, but you’re stuck with me. I’ve said this blog is my accountability platform, so it’s officially time to shut up and start on the follow-through.
The focus of this little homestead will be:
Creativity, Growth and Change for the Better.
I aim to INSPIRE people by:
Showing them my social experiment and how it’s helped me.
Infusing stories about other people and the brilliant things they are doing.
Focus on inspiring people embracing change and being extremely creative.
Record, write, and speak on my changes and the changes others have gone through.
I seek to HELP people:
To get over fear, embrace uncertainty and discomfort. And in the process become happier, less restrained, and more creative.
I want to show my enthusiasm with blogging and encourage others to embrace this fantastic and truly liberating domain. To keep that tail wagging and encourage others to do the same.
And it’s not just about me. Frankly, I’m not that interesting and my goal isn’t to bore you to death.
Pasty, balding, 40-something, ahem, 45-something men normally don’t rock the house. So, I’ll bring in others to save you from a total yawn-fest. You’re welcome.
I also have years of experience in branding and design. Although the blog will be about much more, I plan to integrate said skillz. I’d be crazy not to, right?
I will write about creativity:
I want to go into detail about the creative process, but also focus on new and worthwhile ideas in the world around us. Write about the importance of originality and inventiveness and show real-world examples of people and institutions doing this.
But I really need your advice on the following:
1. Public Speaking
I started blogging to improve my speech writing. And “former chubby, introvert becomes public speaker” has a nice ring to it, don’t ya think? Plus I want to shout my message from the rooftops.
My plan is to start with colleges and I’ve even scheduled meetings to start the process. Yep! Hopefully they don’t laugh me out of the room. The talk focuses on what I’ve been writing here, but I also plan to segue into social media as a platform for change.
That is step one.
Your thoughts? What better place to start then the college crowd, right?
Is there another specific audience that might benefit from such a talk?
What other venues should I try?
Will these topics resonate or am I completely crazy? Don’t be afraid to tell me.
2. Highlighting Others
Part of my “get out and do” plan is to showcase interesting people. I want to inspire people to embrace creativity and change. What better way than interviews, right?
I don’t want to be Srinivas Rao or David Siteman Garland. I admire these guys and they do this SO well. I simply want to make interviews a part-time venture, as I want to focus on writing and speaking. But I wouldn’t mind getting a bit of advice from said experts.
Which format is best suited for this?
Who would you showcase?
Again, … am I a loon?
Here’s the big one:
Marcus Sheridan inspired me to ask for help with this post.
3. My Tagline
I think I’ve outgrown my current tagline. See that thing in the upper-right? Well it needs to change.
Creating taglines is part of my day job, but I’m my own worst client. It’s like the builder who has the worst house on the block, so I now seek wisdom from my friends in the blogosphere.
I’m not asking you to come up with a tagline, but would love your opinion on what I’ve created.
I love Bryan Thompson’s tagline, “From where you are to where you want to be”
Admire the creativity behind Danny Brown’s, “The Human Side of Media and the Social Side of Marketing”
Revel in Christian Hollingsworth’s “Explore. Dream. Discover”
Can’t argue with Mars Dorian’s “Create & Conquer”
And give Shonali Burke major points for uniqueness using “From corporate codswallop to community cool!” At least I now know the meaning of “codswallop.” Go ahead, look it up.
But something like Michael Hyatt’s “Intentional Leadership” really hits me. Such a great tagline, don’t you think?
So, what about “Creativity, growth and change for the better?” Be honest.
Anyway, I would love to get your opinion on questions 1, 2, 3 or all of the above. You might say I’m combining branding, self-help and motivation. Now that’s a mouthful, huh?
This has truly been an experience for me so far, but I want to turn this place into oh, so much more.
Keep dreaming, but turn those dreams into action, now. That’s my 2012 mantra.
Oh, and let me know if you think I’m nuts.
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