Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I Clean Up Well

I truly enjoy public speaking. It is as much of an art as a science, getting important points out, emphasizing information that is critical to the audience, while making adjustments on the fly as needed based on a reading of the audience's information needs and interests.

Travel for events like this once was common for me to do -- 70 or so times each year to some 50 or so cities and towns across America. These days, I don't travel nearly as much as I once did, which actually I appreciate since traveling 35 weeks/year was grueling.

I am in Las Vegas, Nevada. I spoke at a major conference plenary session for some 3,000 people. Whew! Largest audience I have had in a long, long time. They were attentive and interested. I got a lot of very good questions at the end, with many follow-ups individually afterwords.

You can't see it, but I am wearing a pair of Lucchese goatskin dress cowboy boots. Very comfortable and good-looking and go well with a suit. While I am not fond of the suit-and-tie situation, it's a requirement. So I say, "I clean up well" LOL!

I am pleased that at least it is quiet in my hotel room. Last time I was here, I got physically sick because I couldn't get any sleep for all the drunks slamming doors and wandering down the hall talking loudly. When I checked in for this conference, I made it clear that I wanted a quiet room, and fortunately, was accommodated.

I've been busy from daybreak to long after sunset, with various meetings, discussions with colleagues, and greeting people I have known for many, many years. I'm not the late-night party and socializing sort, nor do I gamble in the casino. Nonetheless, there is plenty to keep me busy-busy-busy!

One more full day of conferencing, then I'm outta here. But I'm glad what brought me here went well. I look forward, though, to return to the arms of my man back home.

Life is short: love what you do!

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