Warning to those who are not yet diehard fans of The Media Training Blog: This post is nearly 100 percent self-serving.
September 3, 1997. That’s the date I took what was admittedly an uncertain plunge and started life as an independent communications training consultant, launching Barks Communications.
I’m not going to regale you with tedious tales of the vision I had those 17 years ago because, really, who cares?
My simple message reflecting on the past 17 years is one of gratitude. Thank you to the nearly 5000 business and association executives who have taken time from their busy schedules to learn from me about dealing with the media, delivering powerful presentations, and petitioning their public officials. Thank you not only for your patience but also for being so open with your experiences and so generous in sharing them with me. You have taught me much over the years.
Thank you to those of you who’ve listened to me speak in public forums. I appreciate your contributions to our discussions, your attentiveness, and your heartfelt applause. And those conversations we have after the formal program ends? My gratitude extends beyond words.
Thank you to those who’ve connected via the written word. Every time an order comes in for my book, The Truth About Public Speaking: The Three Keys to Great Presentations, I am reminded how worthwhile that endeavor was—and still is. Your kind and encouraging words and requests for a personally inscribed copy mean so much.
Thank you to those of you here in The Media Training Blog community. Those who’ve contributed comments have added much to everyone’s strength as communicators. Those who read and lurk—who are greater in number—we may not know who you are, but we know you’re out there and thank you for stopping by for a visit every now and then.
I have no idea what the next 17 years may hold, other than unforeseen change. My hope is that we can continue on this journey together, a journey toward becoming better communicators.
My deepest and sincerest thanks for a heartwarming 17 years. I’m guessing that the best is yet to come.