That’s it. My home office is going paperless. I bought a Fujitsu ScanSnap and have already scanned in my business cards and debate flows, and I’m on my way to a clutter free desk.
I’m a publisher. Paper has been very good to me. I own an extremely nice and expensive printer. You’d think I would be a stubborn goat and resist the coming paperless trend. But not this publisher. I’m all in.
A few people have come into my life who have persuaded me that paperless is the way to go:
I met my friend Dave this morning for a game of racquetball. I barely broke a sweat. He’s got perhaps ten years on me. Old guy against young guy. It was awesome.
Everything I said in the opening statement is the truth. But it’s disingenuous. The gym was closed.
I’m at the National Invitational Tournament of Champions in Siloam Springs, Ark. 600-or-so students and their families are winding down an entire week of competition (ends tomorrow).
Students and friends waiting for the first breaks to be announced.
If you follow my blog, you know that I’m really, really into this community of speakers and debaters. You also may know that I run a preparation camp the weekend before to help prepare students for their big week of competition. And if you’re a Twitter or Facebook friend of mine, you know that our successes have been outstanding.
But as with all competition—especially the final championship of the year—there are many more losers than there are winners. Most of the teams are out of the race. Yesterday two-thirds of the speakers were dropped from the first outrounds of speech. More eliminations will occur today, and the final rounds—only the cream of the crop—will compete tomorrow.
That’s a lot of failure.
That’s a lot of disappointment.
That’s a lot of work poured into a slight chance of making it to the top.
But you know what? It is all worth it. I’m telling you, there is no place I’d rather be than right here in the heat of the most exciting community of speakers and debaters here at NITOC. Even in the face of defeat and loss, positives buoy this ship to the top…
I’m at the National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC) right now,* and I just have to share with you a story. It’s about as exciting a story as a story can get.
I must preface this story with a disclaimer: I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the #1 and #2 team in the nation. They are top notch and deserve to be at the top. They’re seeded at the top of NITOC (meaning they go against the bottom teams), which is a position rightly won and earned throughout the competitive year.
But top seed (#1 and #2) didn’t come to NITC.**
Bottom seed (#238) did.
Bring it on.
I just finished two awesome days with 46 students from all over the country. Seven of my debate coaches and I gathered them together for the NITOC NITC camp. Let me explain why this camp is absolutely awesome and share a few great pictures, too.
I have a lot going on in the next couple weeks. A cross-country road trip, one of my camps, the National Invitational Tournament of Champions, a Virginia convention, etc. It’s enough to give a grown man an anxiety attack!
But there is a deep concept embedded in all the demands around me. I wish others would capture it in their lives. At the root of all the chaos, responsibility, deadlines, people, conflicts, frustrations, ups and downs, I must admit…
Have you ever given a speech in front of a few hundred people, only to return to your seat to recall that you left out the very best part? This happened to me at the San Diego Epilogue Tournament a couple weeks ago.
Click to discover more about Point Loma Training Minds Camp with Michael Hyatt.
I had the opportunity to pitch our Point Loma Speech & Debate Camp at the award ceremony. The place was packed with potential campers. They had just wrapped up three days of competition at the last tournament of the school year. Their year was either over or they had only the national tournament to attend (if they qualified). A most perfect group!
I told them about our awesome beachfront campus at Point Loma Nazarene University. I mentioned the outstanding coaching staff that we have ready and willing to teach. I talked about how we have been doing camps since 2001 and that many top competitors are alumni of our camps. Awesome, awesome, awesome!
Five minutes, not even. Lots of claps and kudos from the audience, especially our alumni who know the value of the Training Minds Camp. I returned to my seat where my kids sat and the award ceremony began.
Then I remembered our keynote speaker. How could I forget?
I made a breakthrough in organizational workflow for my speech and debate publishing company, Monument Publishing. At first it appears risky and hazardous (how on earth will I make money?), but I think it’s going to be successful. At least I hope so.
People are going to think this is a typo. I’m dropping the price of my bestselling sourcebook by 50 bucks.
This is a long post that sorts out my thinking a bit. I’m sorry if it bores you, but if you’re an entrepreneur like me, you’ll find it a bit interesting. Besides, I’m a little anxious about the big change because it could flop, so I’d appreciate your feedback.
Wendy and I gave a free webinar of 97 parents (we almost sold out!) who wanted to hear from us about speech and debate. We broke our presentation down into three sections—time, schooling, and money—which are all concerns for people getting started with speech and debate.
Click to watch the Speech & Debate Family Life Webinar.
If you missed the webinar, no worries! You can view it in its entirety at www.trainingminds.org/family-life-webinar/. It was a lot of fun and we got the chance to interact with a lot of people.
But for blogging’s sake, let me run down these three sections for you. I bet they’re on your mind if you’re thinking of getting involved.
Wendy and I will be traveling out to Virginia for the state convention. We will be joining Andrew Pudewa at the Institute for Excellence in Writing booth as well as attending the conference for our yearly home education preparations.
We're not scheduled to speak, but it would be great if you could track us down to visit. See our family website: JeubFamily.com.