This past Friday, I had the privilege of chatting with Simon T. Bailey on the phone. Simon is an extraordinary speaker, and possesses a huge amount of good juju, which he's willing to spread. (Kudos, Simon, and thank you!)
The company I design for during the day, the American Public Works Association, booked Simon to be the closing keynote speaker for the big annual conference in August. I checked him out online, was seriously jonesing to see him; he's an impressive speaker! Then I got my HOW Design Conference booklet in the mail and, lo and behold, look who's the closing keynote speaker! It's Simon!
Serendipitous, no? The circles of public works and graphic design don't cross often, if ever. I pay very close attention to "coincidences" like this. After nosing around on Simon's website, and seeing he's out there doing the speaking gigs on his own (sans agent), I wanted to contact him and ask him for two cents worth of advice for me to do the same.
For those of you who don't know, like Simon, I am also a motivational speaker. The talk I gave at HOW Design last year (which was the largest of several talks I gave) was SO fun! I realized THAT's what I want to do when I grow up—not that I actually ever want to grow up, but you get the point. I don't have (want?) an agent, but I do want to get the word out to give more talks. Therein lies the dilemma.
To help me in my endeavor, Simon gave me some deliciously terrifying goals. One of these goals is to start a blog. So here goes! Wheeeee!!!!!
Thanks for reading, catch ya next time.
p.s. Your good juju today: If your goals don't scare you at least a little, they're not juicy enough for you. Aim higher!
Good juju-spreader, speaker, graphic designer. I'd love to hear from you!