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There’s more to Public Speaking than just Talking

June 8, 2017

One of the many valuable things I learned on this most recent tour, was that in giving a book talk to a new audience, the connections being made are more important than the words spoken, or even the words written.

The study of all things Antarctic and the resulting books have added a depth and meaning to my life that would otherwise have been lacking. Working with Brad, creating “Extreme Decisions,” and then travelling—to Oslo for the SouthPole-sium v3 and to Dundee for the Shackleton Appreciation Society—to introduce it were their own reward. My talk on “The Livie Boatworks of Dundee” had a similar result.

But the experience having given three talks on two books, to three different audiences who had come together because of their own shared passions, gave me something new to think about.

It’s not about the words, it’s about the connections. All these people had come together, some at considerable expense from quite a distance, not just to hear us—there were plenty of other speakers and topics just as interesting—but to meet like-minded folk. And they did, renewing old friendships and forging new ones, on the spot.

Much like Brad and I did at the South-Polesium v2 in Croabh Haven.

Sure, we sold a few books. But the new relationships we came away with are worth more than gold.
They wouldn’t have happened without the conferences, which wouldn’t have happened without the many speakers and writers who came to share their ideas, each in turn with all of us who came to learn, to share, and to connect.

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