Talker's Block

Seth Godin on talker’s block:

The reason we don’t get talker’s block is that we’re in the habit of talking without a lot of concern for whether or not our inane blather will come back to haunt us. Talk is cheap. Talk is ephemeral. Talk can be easily denied.

We talk poorly and then, eventually (or sometimes), we talk smart. We get better at talking precisely because we talk. We see what works and what doesn’t, and if we’re insightful, do more of what works. How can one get talker’s block after all this practice?

Writer’s block isn’t hard to cure.

Just write poorly. Continue to write poorly, in public, until you can write better.

I’m not even going to try to add any commentary to this because it’s so good and so essential, and I’d rather just read it again. It’s all about not giving up in your quest to get better.

Read Seth’s entire post. Also, be sure to watch the amazing advice from Ira Glass.