Lisa Sieverts

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Thinking about writing, speaking, and money

I was a guest on a podcast yesterday. Listening to it today, I am pleasantly surprised at how cogent I sound. My years of Toastmaster training have successfully eliminated most “filler words,” that is, the ahs and ums that can be so annoying to the listener. In addition, when I am knowledgeable about the subject, it’s easy to put together complete sentences. In many ways, I would rather speak my ideas than write them. Hence the goal of making myself write and making myself publish something (anything!) regularly.

The money part comes into it because I know that by remaining invisible on the larger Internet, I am diminishing my chances of obtaining great work. I seek work where I can assist others — specifically to teach skills that make work easier and less stressful — while not adding unduly to my own stress.