I hate brainstorming. Or do I just hate meetings?

I want to tell you a story about videos. First, however, I want to let you know that tomorrow afternoon (Friday, at 2:00 PM EST), I am doing a zoom meditation session. We'll meditate, and then talk about meditation. It's free. If you're interested, let me know below.

Now, for the story:

I've always been more comfortable writing than speaking.

There's more time to edit. I'm able to phrase things just right. I have time to anticipate objections and plan my rebuttals. And, there's no pressure to perform on the spot.

But, it was frustrating how, when I WAS put on the spot, I couldn't communicate.

Several years ago, I was sitting in an opera company staff meeting, and we were brainstorming ideas (I hate when extroverts do that).

Everyone was throwing ideas out, left and right. I was the only introvert in the room, and I said nothing. I doubt anyone knew I had any ideas worth mentioning.

This has happened hundreds of times in my life.

Then, while learning about marketing, I discovered videos. I was encouraged to make short, unedited videos without fixing any mistakes.

I was skeptical at first, but as soon as I tried it, I saw the power.

This was a chance, not only to express my opinions, but to LEARN HOW to express them.

Since then, I've made hundreds of videos. My writing is still ahead of my speaking, but speaking is not too far behind.

I enjoy speaking now. I don't feel stuck when I have to express ideas. I feel free and powerful.

This is why I want to help you make videos. It's not because videos are better than writing, but because of what the process will do for you.

Watch my videos. Listen to my podcast (both the solo episodes and conversations I've had with others). You will see how easy it is for me to express opinions.

People frequently remark on how brave I am. That's bizarre to me, as the 11-year-old kid who froze in silence every time he had to do a presentation in front of the class.


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