I Need a Book Deal.


Consultants make a lot of money.  And by a lot, I mean a boatload.

It’s like robbery, but they use a PowerPoint instead of a gun.

This leads me to believe I need a book deal.

Each and every speaker I am forced to listen to has a book they are pushing.This is Genuis.  My Book Won't Have Actual Words Inside.

I’m not a smart man, but it’s occurred to me that these speakers aren’t giving away things for free.  Especially their “knowledge”.

And then there is me.

No book.  No t-shirts.  No CD’s (do they still make CD’s???).  No advertisements. 

No nothing.

Everything is free.

All of my “knowledge” is out there for anyone to use. 

I get the impression these speakers aren’t even concerned about selling their books.  If you want to buy their book great; if you don’t who cares (certainly not them).

Why their disinterest in selling books?

Because some organization just paid them big-money to come and speak.  And in far too many cases, waste most of my day.

They aren’t selling their book as much as using it to prop up the idea that they are an expert.

And sadly, this scam seems to be working.

I seem to be getting the short-end of the deal.

They write a book (supposedly… who actually knows because no one ever reads it).  They put together a PowerPoint presentation with way too many slides with way too many words on them.  Then they get paid to give a speech because they are an “author”.

All of this makes them an expert (as long as they go more than 100 miles from their former place of employment).

Good deal for them.

Bad deal for me because I have to sit through their speech.

Often times, they casually mention their book in the speech/PowerPoint (like a thousand times…).  I don’t buy the book (nobody buys the book).  I leave the speech angry because my day has been wasted (everyone leaves the speech angry… except them).

I drive home with high-blood pressure (not really) and they swing by the bank on the way to the airport to cash their rather large check.

It’s a crime.

I need a book.  This whole blog thing isn’t paying the bills.

Don’t get me wrong.  Needing a book and writing a book are two different things.

I’m not the least bit interested in actually writing a book.

That would take both talent and patience.  And a coherent thought.  I have none of these.

I am looking for a publishing company that will simply set up a “fake” book with my picture on the back.

If someone would be kind enough to do this (and I’m willing to pay… upwards of $43 for this service), I can get started putting together a PowerPoint.

Then I will hit the road.

Of course, I will only give speeches when I’m at least 100 miles from home.

I certainly can’t declare myself an expert where people know me.

That would just be crazy.

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Death of Distance.


I’m hesitant to read other blogs because I don’t want to steal other people’s ideas (I think I have said this before, but I can’t remember for sure).

You get to a certain point in life where it becomes hard to recall things. Like whether or not you said something out loud or just thought it. Or if you ate breakfast today (and what you had). Or where your car is parked. Or your wife’s name (I often confuse this with my daughter’s name… when I can remember that). And anyone’s birthday, including my own.

I suffer from some, if not all, of the above. Plus a whole lot more.

My middle-aged memory prevents me from reading a lot of blogs. Also affecting this is a lack of time, but that is a different story.

I really do worry about accidently stealing other people’s thoughts and ideas. I want the incoherent ramblings of my blog, to be mine and only mine.

It may not be full of quality, but its mediocrity is all mine. death-of-distance

So in the interest of self disclosure, I didn’t come up with the title of this blog. It was a phrase used by a speaker I heard this week at a conference.

Google also tells me it is also a title of a book from 2001. Now I don’t feel so bad in stealing it (quick question… if you steal something that’s already been stolen, is it really stealing?).

The basis of the speech (which was very good) was the world is getting smaller and how educators are reacting to it (or more likely not reacting to it).

Communication is easier and quicker than ever before. A lot easier and quicker.

Technology is allowing us to not only interact with our neighbors, but with people from all over the world.

My question is why are schools struggling with this concept? Why are we reacting to this process instead of leading it? Why aren’t we jumping all over this?

Students don’t have to be confined to the brick walls where their desk is located.

Why do I get the feeling that people who used rotary phones and watched Andy Griffith (the best show ever) as kids are the ones dictating how our students are learning?

In too many cases, educators spend more time giving excuses about not using technology than actually offering students these opportunities.

Kids in my daughter’s class will be my age in 2042 (as old as I feel some days… I am not really that old).

I don’t feel like we are preparing these students for what they will face in the coming years. And I am even more confused by the fact that this doesn’t seem to bother a large percentage of people in education.

Even worse, far too many people don’t even understand that they don’t understand the changes taking place.

We all could be doing more.

The world is changing.

And getting smaller. And smaller.

Distance isn’t just dying. It’s already dead.

Now some of our old ideas on how to educate students need to die.

And we can’t be afraid of the new ones being born.

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