What do you want to be known for? The guy or gal that never shows up? The friendliest person who never sparks controversy? Or, maybe the most energized and opinionated person in the room?
Me, I have opinions. The only way anyone will care about them though is if I show up. And the best way to show up is for a speaking opportunity. That’s why I try to accept as many as I possibly can.
Do you have a unique brand to yourself? Do some volunteering, and let people know, You’d love to speak. It will help your brand grow!
Recently l, I spoke at Sartup Grind Austin. I got extreme. I know, maybe too far? It’s okay, I will hopefully be remembered as a result! Don’t just have an opinion, have a FUCKING EXTREME opinion. If nothing else, it will spark discussion.
A few “extreme points” I made:
1.) Austin is great because we genuinely want to see each other succeed. We can celebrate successes of our peers and it motivates us more!
2.) California sucks because it is the opposite of Austin. People there engage in success theatre, and then make Each other feel bad to get motivated.
3.) Just do something! Stop making plans and instead, launch something already! Lean Startup trains this, and my message, now part of my new book http://leanstartings.com
is that you can learn to launch: my book teaches you how to build a webpage and collect money in about an hour. No More Excuses!