Week 1 Comment #2: Ben Witter

Week 1 Leadership Post: To Publish or Present?

Posted in Week 1 on October 28, 2012 by benwitter

I am actually pretty torn between the two right now.

I really like the idea of presenting. There is nothing quite like the energy that exists at a live event. The unknown variables of audience receptiveness, response, or questions excite me. I like the spontaneity of the whole affair. I could practice and rehearse for months, yet I’m not exactly sure what I’ll say when the moment arises. The sounds audience members make when a novel idea strikes them is rewarding. Knowing that I shaped someone’s thought process or that I had an impact on how they perceive things is very gratifying.

On the other hand, publishing an article intrigues me as well. I can spend hours and hours making sure I say the right thing. With an article I know exactly what I am trying to convey and can make sure I use the words I need to convey those thoughts. There would be no butterflies or knots in the stomach because no public address would be made. Many more people might be reached with my ideas as the publication would be available to a broader range of people, as well as probably archived online for later viewing.

Well, I guess the only equitable way to decide is by surrendering to chance. So I’ll flip a coin. Heads I present, tails I publish.

There you have it. I’m publishing.


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My Comment to Ben:

I love how you set this post up with the suspense of the coin on the finger, then the image of a coin on its edge, to the big reveal of your final decision to publish. I know that you would make an amazing presenter, but you have such a way with words that I know that publishing would be a great option for you. It’s a way for you to have your work out there for anyone to view. WordPress is a great Web 2.0 tool to use in education and I’m very interested to read about what you have to say in your Leadership Project. When it does get published, you better let me know because I want to be one of the first to read it. I will happily share your work to help inspire others here in California! I want to wish you the best for your publication. I’m sad that this program is coming to an end because it’s been such an inspiring year having worked with you.

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