So first, I owe my readers an apology. I know some of you have been loyal readers of this blog for years, and I hope I haven't let you down, but rather given you a nice vacation from reading about public speaking. :-)
I hit a wall a while back, where I just didn't feel like writing. Maybe there were a couple of things behind it.
1. Does anyone even care about what I write?
2. Am I helping anyone with my writing?
3. If I stopped writing, would it even matter?
And I still don't know the answer to those questions.
Besides these questions, I've been busy with program planning, clients, and another kitty with cancer.
So Speak Schmeak became a low priority for me. And honestly, after writing 1,432 posts over the last eight years, I just got a little burned out.
I'd like to get back on track. I was on a pretty good regimen of two posts per week, and then even that fell down to one.
So I want to promise you right now that I will publish at least one post a week from now on. It might be written by me, and it might be a guest post. But I'm going to get back on track.
If nothing else, writing for myself helps me think through a lot of public speaking issues. It makes me a better coach for my clients, and it puts good free content out to the world. I think it's worth it to keep writing.
Thanks to those of you who continue to read.
Here are a couple of things going on right now that you might be interested in:
Today and tomorrow: My interview on the StressFest 2014 telesummit -- Don't Freak When You Speak: 3 Tips for Avoiding Public Speaking Anxiety & Killing It Onstage. It's free, it's only 30 minutes long, and it's available for 48 hours, along with a lot of other great speakers on stress-related issues.
Thursday, August 14: Richard Oceguera will join the Audience Avenger Alliance Speaker Series with his talk "Your Client is in the Room: Networking Secrets to Increase Your Confidence & Conference ROI." This free teleseminar is designed to give several easy-to-learn networking tools that will help you gain confidence in your ability to connect, improve your level of professionalism while networking and then leverage the contacts you make after the event.