I had a chance to hear Malcolm speak at Amex offices in NY last Friday....and it was extraordinary. His wit and enthusiasm had the audience rapt for almost 2 hours. He spoke for an hour and took questions for another, and we could've stayed for more.
I had talked to Malcolm on the phone back when, as he was writing Tipping Point. He wanted to know more about word-of-mouth and how it happens, and he went on to write about Mary Gay Shipley, the amazing bookseller. But I had not heard him speak in public before, and my head was spinning, in a good way, afterwards.
The gist of his talk, and of his new book, Outliers, is about success...and that it takes 10,000 hours of doing anything to do it well. This is a common thread with everyone he's studied, from chess masters to musicians, to, yes, editors, authors, booksellers and marketing folk. I have to go through my many notes soon, and will write about this again. All I'll add for now? Study Fleetwood Mac.