So far this year I have traveled to many states to keynote conferences. It seems to me more and more people are requesting my book on CD. Basically, people are busier than ever and they donâ€™t have enough time to read. To me, nothing beats having a physical book in my hands. I love turning pages. Besides, when I read, I get a chance to improve my English.
Anyway, I just hired a company to help me put my book Kick Your Excuses Goodbye on audio. We signed the contract. Now itâ€™s up to me to choose which days I want to show up to start reading. Itâ€™s a very interesting experience for me. While in the studio, the sound engineer sits in front of a computer and monitors me on his headset.
When I stumble on a word, he indexes the location for editing. But thereâ€™s one major problem. I am definitely stumbling unto too many words. And I canâ€™t seem to find my natural voice. You know what I mean? Itâ€™s like you can be as natural as you want when conversing everyday with friends or family members.
However, as soon as you know the record button is pressed, your voice and everything else that makes you unique changes. Does that make sense to you? Oh yes, you remember when you were sitting down at the family gathering being relaxed and natural. Then uncle Charlie says, â€œCheese!.â€ And suddenly you freeze.
Yep, you start changing that beautiful and natural smile on your face. You check your clothes and hair to make sure everything is in the right place. If you are a lady, you probably said, â€œHold on uncle Charlie. Let me put some lipstick on.â€ Thatâ€™s the same issue I am having. Now donâ€™t get me wrong. I am a keynote speaker. I can project and enunciate. But I am talking about my natural conversational sounding voice.
I am guessing that my challenge is because itâ€™s been over 5 years since I wrote the book. I am not as close to it as I was when it was first written. Come to think of it, thatâ€™s an excuse. Isnâ€™t my book about kick your excuses? Well, I guess that I need to kick that one quick.
Hereâ€™s the lesson I am reminded of through this process:
I needed to take more time to practice reading and preparing myself before I show up for recording. You see, too many of us try to wing it. Admittedly, I am not the winging type person. And it should be obvious to you. I am always prepared and ready.
So, if you are frustrated right now with a project, maybe you need to take the necessary time to study, prepare and get ready for it. Donâ€™t be too perfect. Get going then perfect it later. But donâ€™t be stupid either. So let me go practice some more. I will let you know how the whole recording turns out. I know itâ€™s supposed to turn out extremely well. But I will let you know anyway.
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