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Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to indulge in a few of my passions: watching NFL playoff football with friends, public speaking and, well, being a ham…or was it playing the fool?


As to the first, well, the news flash is that my Eagles lost a heartbreaker, although the greater heartbreak happened before the game even started. Joe Vallee, the team-captain of our co-authored book had sent a copy of our Philly sports book, A Snowball’s Chance: Philly Fires Back Against the National Media to NBC media titan Bob Costas. Costas was impressed enough with his pitch, the book itself and the narrative (that refutes the national media’s vision), that he was going to mention the book (copy in hand) as part of the Saturday night pregame show that would reach tens of millions of viewers. The one catch: He would do so, if the earlier game ended in time for them to have a regular pregame show.


You may see where this is going, and I’ll just say that my eloquent reaction to the whole situation rhymed with “Truck this bit.” The first game ran long, and there was no time for a studio pregame show. To his credit, Costas, a true “class act”, called Joe personally the following day to apologize.


But, I digress.


Earlier in the day, I had the opportunity to try my hand, and sometimes clumsy body, at a little improv, courtesy of the Philly Improv Theatre. They offered a free Intro to Improv class that Rae-Ann Ruszkowski, founder of our Emerging Speakers Bureau, suggested that our members take part in.  Several of us did.


So now, it’s my pleasure to share my passion for writing with you. Below is what I wrote about the experience for the ESB. You see, things don’t always go according to plan, whether for authors, sports fans, speakers or writers. Being prepared for the expected and the unexpected are both valuable qualities to have, and well, improv upon.


Check out my latest Goldblog from the Tip of the Goldberg – oh, I guess you already are – and the Emerging Speakers Bureau. As always, feel free to comment and share, usually in that order, although who am I to dictate that.

Yep, it’s right here.


(Matt Goldberg) is the author of five published books and hundreds of eclectic, published writings. He is also available to help you craft the article, speech (and even book) that will help you best reach your intended audience. Contact him via matt@tipofthegoldberg for all inquiries.

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