088. How Being a Writer Can Make You a Better Speaker With Joshua Becker

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Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist joins Grant Baldwin on The Speaker Lab to talk about minimalism, and how writing can make you a better speaker.

If you’ve ever spent hours cleaning out your garage or attic or any other space in your home, you will be intrigued by today’s guest’s story.

About eight years ago Joshua Becker decided to clean and organize his garage. He spent hours doing it, while his young son played on a swing set in their yard by himself.

When Joshua’s neighbor mentioned minimalism to him, a light bulb went off. He realized not only was all his “stuff” not making him happier, it was keeping him from the things in his life that gave him purpose, fulfillment, and happiness (i.e. his family).

On episode 88 of The Speaker Lab, Joshua shares how that experience began the odyssey that is today his business, Becoming Minimalist. We talk about his decision to start writing about his minimalist experience, and how he knew people were resonating with his message enough to build a business around it. There’s all of that and more on this edition of The Speaker Lab!


  • What were the 3 indicators that told him to share this message?
  • How did he know he was the right person to help others with minimalism?
  • What book prompted him to include speaking in his offerings?
  • Why are speakers who write better speakers, and writers who speak better writers?
  • How did he narrow down his target audience?
  • Why doesn’t he charge to speak?
  • How does he balance making a difference in the world with his financial obligations?
  • What’s the best thing we can do to help people?
  • And so much more!

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