Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tour Divide presentation

Tonight I gave a presentation for our local bike club, Missoulians on Bicycles, at their annual holiday party. My photo presentation highlighted my experiences in the 2009 Tour Divide. I rarely deal in public speaking, so I stumbled through the introduction but loosened up after that.

There was a really good turnout, which was surprising. I was told to take about an hour and ended up blabbing on and telling stories about the photos in my slideshow for nearly two, but no one left and a lot of people complimented me afterward. I had a lot of fun. My Tour Divide presentation and I are available for bicycle club meetings, corporate retreats, motivational conferences and other events as long as travel expenses are covered. :)

I brought a section of the book I am working on but didn't even have a chance to read it. As for that long-standing book project, an independent editor is currently reading through it in order to give me feedback about it. I want to go forward with publishing but not yet sure how I want to go about it. I don't have a lot of time to devote to publishing a book. I'd really just like to jump straight to the book tour part where I could travel around and give slideshow presentations. I should probably cull down the blabbing first. But it's hard to condense a lifetime-in-24-days' worth of experiences into a single hour.


12 comments:

  1. Maybe you could work your presentation into sort of a motivational talk for high school age kids and tour the country getting them to get away from the computer and explore the outdoors!

    Logan
    Watkins Glen, NY

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  2. Good job last night Jill and I forgot to tell you that your photography was absolutely beautiful as well. Thanks for giving the talk.

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  3. Sounds like a fun and successful event. A nice way to share and motivate. I love Logan's idea of giving your talk at schools.

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  4. Jill, Thank you so much for presenting last night. You did a great job! Makes me want to read that book when it comes out.

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  5. Anonymous2:40 PM

    Wow Look at all the old dudes in that crowd...like me.

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  6. Sounds like a cool event. If you're ever in the Seattle area again - would bet the flagship REI store would host your presentation.

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  7. What a lucky person. You are doing something you truly love and get to share it. Good for you!

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  8. I thought of you when I read this. Some of your trails might be in trouble: http://www.imba.com/news/montana-bill-closes-trails

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  9. I'm glad I found your blog! Keep up the great work!

    Steve
    Common Cents
    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

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  12. Sounds like that went very well. Good job.

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