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!!
So, a few days ago I decided to drop everything and focus on Life Nomadic. I've done the focusing, now it's time to do the dropping.
I'm hoping that some or all of my businesses can be taken over by readers. As I've met readers over the years I've been really impressed with most of them and would trust them to run my businesses.
For each I'm happy to stay involved in a minimal role, offering advice and strategy, doing interviews to promote things, etc. I just can't be involved in running them or worrying about them. When I've been in this role in previous businesses, things have gone very well.
Wow, it's finally August!!! This is a big month for me as I celebrate my birthday and acknowledge another year of living. I thought I'd take some time to share with you all some upcoming changes. Mainly, I'll be unveiling a few new things . . . 1. My brand new newsletter, "The Wonderful World of Gordon" (The WWoG) Over the last three years, I've been building a sizable e-mail list and have been sending monthly e-mails about my recording efforts, shows, and various other projects. I'll be continuing to do so now, but in a much more streamlined and visually appealing fashion. New features in this monthly newsletter will be a poetry corner and contests to win free prizes. If you haven't subscribed to receive the WWoG, you can do so by clicking right HERE. 2. New promo photos. A few weeks ago, I did a fun photo shoot at a private, undisclosed location and the results of this event will be unveiled on all of my websites. My sister Lullette took some very cool photos. Look for new images to start randomly popping up everywhere! As a preview, here's an outtake of me just chillin' out during this session. 3. gordonroque(dot)com will be getting a makeover. Heavy construction will be going on at my official website. It's time to give it a little more pizzazz, accessibility, and a few extra features. Keep checking back at http://www.gordonroque.com to see the changes as they happen. Incidentally, this blog will undergo some minor construction of its own. An archive site for previous episodes of The Adventures of Oreo and Buttercup is being built. By the end of the month, only the current episodes will be posted in the Oreo Gallery. 4. New Shows Through August and September, I'll be announcing my new performance schedule for the fall and early winter. There will be newer music, funky covers, and maybe some little flashes of hilarity here and there. I'll also be performing in some new cities around the southeast US--all in an effort to spread my wings out just a wee bit further. So, as you can see, there is much going on with me. I do, however, plan on taking some much needed downtime in September once all of this is finished. More details to come soon. Hope you all have a sweet, lazy Sunday. -g