The most common line when meeting a professional speaker | What’s yours?

ByBill Belew

The most common line when meeting a professional speaker | What’s yours?

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I Wrote the Book

The most common line when meeting a professional speaker | What’s yours?

When I lived in Japan I taught English as a second language.

One of my early on lessons with a LOT of students was to tell them “This is a pen!” is NOT a greeting.

When you wander the streets of Japan, little people (Japanese are smaller in stature anyway, so when they are young they are really little little people 😎 run up near me and say, “Hey gaijin = foreigner, this is a pen.”

It’s the first lesson in grammar and sentence structure.

Related: Diary of a Cruise Ship Speaker

Many, most?, professional speakers are not that far off when they greet someone new.

“Hi, I’m Joe Blow and I wrote ‘The Definitive Guide to Snow Blowing.’ It’s why I changed my name and now travel the world (see the 2 lies professional speakers always tell) talking about snow blowers.

“Do you go to countries near the equator, too?”


Nobody cares what you know or did, especially writing a book, unless they know you care or did something for them.

The truth is a monkey can write a book. Maybe a poor book, but a book nonetheless.

It’s an accomplishment to write a book for sure. It takes discipline, persistence and knowledge.

But there is a bigger test. Next time someone says, “I am Pete Putty the Road Salesman and I wrote “Putty for Dummies.” Ask them, “How many books have you sold?”

Writing a book is easy. Getting it read is hard.

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Bill Belew, PhD, MFA, MSc also has a very interesting career. Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. While aboard ship, in the Navy, he sailed enough nautical miles to circumnavigate the globeAfter his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia.Bill speaks to audiences of all size, countless times yearly. He has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media/inbound/content marketing. He is a weekly guest on the Social Network Station broadcast to 90+ countries from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.More than 75,000,000 people have viewed over 125,000,000 pages in his network of sites.Bill is represented by 4 cruise ship agencies that send him, literally, anywhere and everywhere in the world, and is a principal of

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