"You haven't written in more than three months."
This was a close colleague's opening line in a recent conversation.
But it is not quite true.
I have not published a blog post in three months.
I have written almost every day.
There is a big difference.
People's attention is increasingly valuable. So many publishers are in the business of attracting eyeballs and getting clicks, churning out a never-ending stream of often unsatisfying content.
Why would I want to contribute to that?
I write almost every day. I publish only when I think that writing is worth reading. This usually means sitting with drafts for some time, reworking them for clarity, and ruthlessly editing out unnecessary verbiage.
This doesn't mean we shouldn't work out loud or share less than perfect thoughts. Even when I publish something it remains a draft of sorts as readers' reactions often cause me to rework the piece.
But attention remains a precious commodity, one not to be wasted. So a fair amount of my writing never makes the cut to share. Quite honestly, I wish more people would do the same.
In case you're interested, here's what else I do nowadays:
- Continuing to write Say Yes Less: Why It Matters and How To Do It. I am ready to do a few keynotes/general sessions on this content in 2016 as it seems to resonate with so many people when I discuss my ideas. If interested, complete this form.
- Passing on ideas to others with thoughts about how they might use them. I seem to notice more than most people, and my brain naturally connects to how to apply concepts behind what others are thinking. Sharing that with friends, clients, and collaborators is rewarding for me.
- Reviewing my 20+ years of presentations, articles, and blog posts to see what content still has value and is worth sharing in a new form and what needs to be retired. Some of my slide decks from the early 90s? Oh my.
- Helping a few Indianapolis organizations get clarity around their purpose, identity and culture. These are about the only strategy conversations I find valuable to facilitate nowadays.
- Rewriting and reworking 60 or so blog posts on facilitation in order to share them in an ebook format in late 2016 (probably). I like teaching others how to better facilitate as the ability to do so is invaluable as a professional and as a person.
- Doing a very limited number of half-day, full-day, and multiple-day leadership conferences. People tell me my program design and facilitation approach that blends theory and practice, my ideas and participants' knowledge, and introverted and extroverted learning formats is somewhat unique. I'm not sure about that, but I enjoy sharing it with people, particularly association volunteers.
- And because people like the exercises and discussion formats I use, I'm experimenting with a leadership content CSA. You can receive a monthly "share" of everything you need (outlines, slides, handouts) to do the same in your own efforts (staff or board development, conference presentations, volunteer workshops, et al). You can learn a bit more here.
- Finally, I'm playing with A Macro-Management Manifesto after hearing one complaint too many about micromanagers.
I hope this finds you well. Stay in touch. I'll keep writing. And at some point, I will publish.
P.S. If I can do anything for you in 2016, now is the time to ask. My goal is to have the limited number of engagements I will accept lined up by the end of 2015.