Writing for a live audience
You know you’ve been on the road too long…
When you announce to nearly 30,000 people that the tunnel you’re traveling through, the longest underground fully-automated tunnel in Asia, is in Hong Kong…
And it turns out that you – and the tunnel – are actually in Singapore.
Fortunately, when I posted that on Twitter, my whirlwind tour of Asia was almost over. After wrapping up with a great teaching time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I’ve made it home.
I love traveling, and I love teaching in Asia. Most of all, I love speaking to a live audience. My personality just seems to be better suited to the instant feedback I get from people physically in the room with me. It allows me to adapt and modify my message to the response of my audience and to meet needs as I see them.
Other methods of teaching, like talking to a camera lens or writing a book, have always been less fluid and immediate.
Until now. The age of Web 2.0 is changing all that. And I’m excited about the possibilities.
This year, as we finalize my book scheduled for Spring, 2010, we plan to harness the power of social media and get input from the readers (i.e. YOU) before the book goes to print.
So in September, watch this space for details on how you can have an impact on the 2010 book on the power of connecting.
Also, though it may seem strange to some, we’re already planning my book for 2011. But this time, before we write even one page, I thought it would be fun to find out what you think.
I already made this request on Twitter, and have received over 400 responses in two days. But if Tweeting isn’t your thing, here’s your opportunity to respond. Leave a comment on this post, answering this question:
What problems do you face that you’d like to see addressed in a book from me?
I admit, I do have several good ideas for books. But I want to know what questions you’re asking and what issues you’re dealing with. And this is my way to get your immediate feedback, much the way I do when I speak.
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