I still remember attending the first RainCamp in Scottsdale in 2009. It was very powerful and my ears felt like sponges. Blogging was new for me, but I had heard of others blogging so I was intrigued. Blogging has many benefits, but it wasn't until two years ago that a hidden benefit surfaced.
As a volunteer with the US Green Building Council, I attend meetings monthly and ran a sub-committee at one time, the Builder Committee for the Residential Green Building Committee. A lot to spit out, but basically we accomplished a lot of projects and I'm proud that every realtor has access to those benefits, the green features on our Arizona Regional MLS.
Blogging about those projects has been a good source of business for me. And including those posts on other social media sites helps to boost my audience. But there's another side benefit to those blogs.
Reading other blogs and commenting on them has also benefited me. Reaching back to English 101 and 102 in college, I had almost forgotten how to write when I started blogging. Blogging didn't come naturally and neither did public speaking. My thoughts were random and building to an answer and eventual position on a matter wasn't well planned.
Thanks to blogging, the hidden benefit has affected my public speaking. And it's a good thing because in 2015 I spoke at least 17 times at different venues with a speaker panel at title companies, lender offices and realtor associations. I now know to rely on my knowledge of the subject matter and to focus on what effect I'm trying to share, thanks to blogging!
Blogging on a topic helps your brain to organize thoughts so that ideas, opinions and subject matter flows easier. The listenener can easily follow my point because, like blogging, I'm linking subject topics.
To say this has helped me is an understatement. I'm very grateful for the ability to speak at any function in my niche. So To Blog is to Speak Effectively is more important than ever to me. Thank you ActiveRain!