With help from our growing but still lean staff, the PSA's COO Benjamine Knight and I ran two events last month, are preparing for the PSA's World Conference later this month, a Military Speechwriter Training next month and an Asian invasion this winter—all while launching our new venture, Vital Sermons—and a bunch of other things we're not telling you about, can't remember right now, or don't even count as things—like getting two editions of Vital Speeches out every month.
It's a good thing we make such a perfect team.
Because we're a truly complementary pair.
Benjamine's friends tease her because she unpacks her suitcase the same day she returns from a trip. Here's my suitcase, five days after returning from Leadership Communication Days. (When I sent her the photo below, she e-gasped at "the sole of the shoe touching the clothes. 😱")
And then we turn in our receipts. Here is a typical batch from Benjamine, from our New York trip last month. (Does she iron them?)
Here's a typical batch from me, from the same trip. (Was I mugged?)
Every single one of our conversations boils down to me asking, "Benjamine, are you sure you're not overthinking this?" And Benjamine replying, "David, are you sure you're not under-thinking this?" She's occasionally overthinking it (which a lean staff can't afford), and I'm more frequently under-thinking it (which a quality organization can't afford)—but we always come to agreement in the end.
Between us, Benjamine and I can handle anything.