I don’t know about all of you, but most days I’m a devoted reader of light ‘n fluffy literature. The kind of book you can bring to the beach or kick back with over a post-work glass of chilled white wine. But there’s one writer that doesn’t fall into that category that I find totally fascinating – his books make my perspective bend in all kinds of weird ways and consider angles I’d never thought of on problems before. I know, it sounds like a mental workout, and it is – but it’s a fun workout! Zumba for the mind.
The writer I’m talking about is Malcolm Gladwell, who wrote Tipping Point, Outliers, Blink, and What the Dog Saw. They’re all fascinating books that make you tilt your head to look at the world around you in a different way – like considering for the first time why exactly it is that so many great hockey players are born in January, and figuring out how many hours it would take you to get really, really, really good at playing the piano.
But here’s a fascinating fact you won’t find in any of Gladwell’s books: He’s coming to speak here in Winnipeg! He’ll be the keynote speaker at Centrallia, a business forum happening here this October. Tickets to his speech are for sale to the public, but I’ve got a pair to give away to one of my lucky readers! And I do mean lucky – he’s been on the list of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, he’s a super-popular speaker, AND he’s got amazing hair. Not that that last one has anything to do with him being a great speaker, but it’s true – it’s really great hair.
I want everyone to have a fair chance at this, so we’ll make it easy-ish – just share your favourite Gladwell quote and/or fascinating fact in the comments below, and you’re entered. Just one entry per person – I’ll be drawing the winner randomly on June the 22nd! So share your favourite odd and insightful tidbits to make sure you get your chance!
P.S. If you want to double your chances to win, the Centrallia facebook page is having a contest too – like them and you’ve got another chance to at tickets!