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IDEA + ACTION = CREATING

Tim McDonald
4 min readMay 15, 2020

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An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.

Arnold H. Glasgow

The other day, I shared how two things happened to me in the last several weeks that provided me with an idea. An idea to share speakers’ stories. Today, I took the first step in turning that idea into a reality.

As I’ve been interviewing speakers, I am generally asking them how they got started speaking, how long they’ve been speaking and what type of topics and audiences do they speak to. The most fascinating part is when I ask about the percentage of their business that comes from actually speaking compared to consulting, coaching, books, courses, etc.

Before I get into all this with them, I explain that this idea came when I was helping Dan Pontefract co-produce SpeakAid2020, where he brought 40 speakers to talk over a 5 day span encompassing 40 hours. As part of my role, I was in the “greenroom” with Dan and the speaker before each session. I began to understand just how much the business of speaking varied from speaker to speaker. This provided me with the idea I should start interviewing speakers to begin to understand the different business models and then share them with others.

The first few speakers I reached out to, I told them this was only for me and my information and I may possibly turn it into a book or even a podcast. As I started talking with more speakers, the idea for a podcast became something I wanted to do even more. Then I had a few speakers share how they would really like to learn different aspects of the speaking business from other speakers. As a natural connector, I realized this is what my idea was all about. I had done it before with My Community Manager, and I knew I could do this for speakers.

The idea of just connecting turned into wanting to create a website that would be home for a YouTube channel, podcast, blog and eventually virtual events. I purchased speaking.business domain, started setting up the site and will start recording my first video/podcast on Monday morning with Melissa Bird. Most people won’t share their website until it’s “finished” but I’m not most people. See the progress I’m making, give me feedback and know I am open to…

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Tim McDonald

Stage 4 colon cancer survivor — AmBADASSador for @FightCRC #ColorectalCancerAwarenessMonth — Former Dir of Community HuffPost