My goal here on TapasLife is to get the word out about the possibility of leading a rich, full, and meaningful life after one’s long career — especially given the longevity that is giving many 2-3 decades of life after their long career.
This blog is one vehicle for communicating my message. Through the 54 posts on this website, I’ve shared much of what I’ve learned while assembling and living my TapasLife. As a result, you’ve likely noticed that I’ve lately been posting infrequently. I’m grateful to any reader who passes a link to this blog along to others in their 50s and 60s who might benefit from reading about my experiences and gleanings.
In addition to this blog, the book that I’m working on with my co-author will (hopefully) one day be published and made widely available so many can consider a new post-long-career life that has been largely unavailable until now.
A third channel I’ve worked on for exposing people to the TapasLife option is talks. I’ve done three of these, each for a different group of people at different venues. I got feedback at all three and incorporated that feedback into the talk. After the first presentation, I got the feedback that I should add other people’s experiences to my own. so I included anecdotes from the 14 interviews done to date. I also received feedback that there should be some interactive portions to the talk, and added a couple. After the third talk, I received feedback that sharing my “random walk” approach in a chronological fashion wasn’t so easy to absorb, and that perhaps a more prescriptive, cookbook-like approach (apropos of Tapas…) would be better. And that I might emphasize some portions of the talk more than others. So I changed the talk accordingly. And I added another couple interactive sections since these have been so well received.
At this point, the talk is about an hour. It is a set of colorful, pictorial powerpoint slides (not a bunch of bullet-points/words/texty stuff), prettified with the help of a visuals specialist; and includes four opportunities for the audience to have exploratory conversations in pairs amongst themselves (these have proven to be very high energy — and in fact are difficult to cut off!). It happens that in my 28 years in the tech world, mostly in marketing, I got passingly good at talking in front of groups of all sizes (including 600+ at large meetings), and am very comfortable doing so.
I’m all dressed up, so to speak, and all that’s needed is somewhere to go! THIS IS AN INVITATION to please invite me to speak with some group you are associated with that you believe would benefit from learning about the TapasLife. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and am happy to drive anywhere in the extended area in order to talk with your group. I do not charge a speaker fee at all because this is part of my Meaningful Tapa — I’m just trying to be helpful to others as they complete their long career. I am willing to travel outside the Bay Area if modest travel expenses are reimbursed.
Groups might include service organizations, church/temple/mosque-related groups, work groups, companies who offer services to their employees who are “retiring,” community organizations, groups of friends, businesses that serve people in their 50s and 60s (as a service to their clientele), and no doubt many others.
When you bring me in to talk with your group, you are helping people avoid the difficult wall that many run into when they complete their long career one Friday afternoon and have very little idea about the complex transition on which they’ve embarked. And likely even less of a notion about how to live a rich, full, meaningful life for the ensuing 20-30 years.
Your assistance in putting me in front of groups who can benefit is greatly appreciated. I can be emailed at Andy@TapasLife.com. Thanks!