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My email response for posterity

Disney Keynote Speaker
GNP 2014.

 

Boldness fertilizes genius. Just before i filed this email in the digital client folder, i reread it. And i thought to myself, “You wrote that? That’s pretty bold. i like it.”

“Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”  – Vincent Van Gogh

 

Yesterday…my email reply…

Thanks for your message. The proposed call was intended for us, not the committee.

The purpose is to accelerate my understanding of what the bullseye is for the keynote speech.

There’d be three possible outcomes from our call:

1. We’d both easily realize my content isn’t a right fit for your target.
2. The bullseye and my content would be close but not a perfect match. And if i can’t hit the bullseye, i’d decline.
3. Or, there’s no one else in the world who can not only hit your bullseye like my content can, but i’ll actually split the arrow already in the bullseye.

The fact there’s no video on my website is a bold and different move. It’s intentional. And risky. The same intentionality (and risk) Disney Institute applies to their website and You Tube channel.

PS. If your conference isn’t aiming for content that can change things, i’ll have to respectfully pass. There are more committees than not that are subconsciously going through the motions and checking off their to-dos, without respect for bold and risky.

Taking risks is risky. So is playing it safe.

Be amazed and be amazing. Our world needs more of that.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five different sites.