A couple weeks ago I woke up to a strange e-mail. The subject said "Speaking Opportunity", which I immediately thought must be spam.
But it wasn't.
A guy named Luke, who has been reading my site for a while, just happens to be the president of the Entrepreneur's Club at the University of Kentucky. His club needed a speaker for the kick off event and he wanted to know if I'd be interested.
And of course I was. I've done a little public speaking before and really enjoy it. Once I spoke to about a hundred people in LA. I sent an e-mail back asking for details.
Amongst the details was this bombshell - I'd be speaking for five hundred people or so, which is about five times the largest group I'd ever spoken to before. Awesome.
We're now two days away, and my talk is almost finished. Okay, actually it's only about twenty percent done, but I work best under pressure and have never ever prepared for any other talk I've done. Anyway, we have some really cool stuff planned and I'm really excited to give my talk.
If you're in Kentucky or anywhere near and want to come see me, it is THIS Thursday at 8pm at Memorial Hall at the University of Kentucky. No charge to come.
I'll definitely make time to meet any readers who show up, so if you'll be there then you should e-mail me.
Here's one of the signs on campus:
My wife and I enjoyed the talk and I enjoyed the quick chat with you for a few minutes afterward. I thought there would be more people there.
My wife and I are going to Ireland in the spring and will definitely be using some of you recommendations on gear (from Life Nomadic).
Hey it was definitely interesting meeting you and listening to your stories, would have liked to talk to you more about a few things that I do when it comes to business and living life awesome, haha. I'm glad Luke does what Luke does and got this thing together, I thought there would be a slightly larger crowd though
Good luck, and if you're ever coming to the Toronto area, be sure to post ahead of time or let me know!
dude ... i live in lexington ... i would totally be there, but (see bottom) ... i thought you were a douche when i found the site yesterday, but after reading, i think we learned a lot of the same things, although i didnt take any courses, just studied shit on the internet - but its helped my life in so many ways other than just chicks
but i've actually got a date tonight myself downtown so can't go ... you know how it is...
ive also got a site a started recently (more entertainment/humor/girls) megasizzle.com
Please video tape it, Tynan! Post at least a little clip of it so we can get the sense of the scene. I'm really excited for you.
Did you receive my e-mail about speaking at the 2009 Under and Over 21 Convention?
Would love to have you out alongside guys like Matador and Vin Di Carlo.
Let me know if you didn't get it and I'll resend it from my yahoo account.
ps- the 08 trailer just launched, check it out
cool man, so good that you decided to do it. even though there will be lots of people>>> hope it goes well. i doubt that the full 500 people will turn up, but probably certainly a few hundred. im from the UK so cant make it, but im sure you will do well. i love to watch talks like this because you get to meet like minded people. but anyways hope it goes well, and i hope someone catches it on tape, and puts it on youtube!!
I'm beginning to think that my speaking engagement at UK was partially a ploy to get me to come on an adventure with Luke, the guy who arranged it, and his friends.
If that's the case, I hope that I'm involved in many more ploys.
My flight was diverted, delayed, rescheduled, and rerouted. In the end I flew into Cincinnati, where Luke's friend Stephanie picked me up and drove me to a halfway point to meet Luke.
The original title of this post was, "The Reason We Didn't Meetup When I Visited Your City" and it was geared towards explaining what it's like to be busy with lots of correspondence. The post grew past this. This one will be useful for people who expect that they might have huge correspondence increases in the future - rarely do people talk bluntly about what it's like. It'll also be useful for the expansive sort of person who reaches out to people they don't know, so you can understand the mindset of who you're reaching out to. It rambles a little bit in the middle, but I think the mindsets and details could be useful for you.
The Reason We Didn't Meetup When I Visited Your City...
...is because I'm disorganized and you didn't drop a line again.
So, I get a lot of correspondence. Which is great. I really dig that. A couple days ago, I had a great Skype chat about international investing and business expansion with a really smart and cool guy out in SF, and then I met three people locally in Tokyo who are all exceptionally cool guys. I learned a lot, and I think so did the guys I got to hang with, and it was good. I like seeing other people thrive and make money, and got to have some good talks on business and entrepreneurship with everyone I met - I think everyone can hustle a bit more cash here or there.
I really enjoy that. I like meeting smart and enterprising people. I say that everyone - on my site, in posts, on my "About" and "New? Start here" pages,