Like all good contracts, the Crikey sale agreement remains safely in the bottom draw at the old bunker and hasn’t been looked at for more than two months. However, we’re already chuckling about the clause which prescribes that I produce 2000 words a week for Crikey and The Reader. Is that all, you say?

Sadly, not a golf ball has been hit in anger this year and it seems old habits die hard because I’m averaging almost 2000 words per edition, rather than per week and that doesn’t include 550 words a week for a new column in The Reader, our sister publication. No wonder the editions are bigger under the new owners – the old contributors are producing piles of copy each day.

However, don’t expect the old editor’s new word-rate to continue at the current ridiculous pace which saw 27,120 words published in the first 12 editions of April and 26,857 words in the first 14 editions published by the new guard in March. This is because we have a flurry of AGMs and speeches to front in the coming weeks and months and will need the assistance of the Crikey army to get through what is a punishing schedule.

Try these for size in the next six weeks alone:

April 20: Dinner speech to local Rotary Club about corporate governance.

April 27: Half hour luncheon address to The Finance and Treasury Association on “What taxpayers really want from Government”.

April 28: Freehills Governing Essentials Seminar “Show me the money”, focusing on executive pay.

May 5: Luncheon panellist at the launch of Grey Worldwide’s launch of the 13th Eye on Australia study of consumer trends and behaviour.

May 13: Panellist for two hours at the AICD annual conference in Perth with Don Stammer and Richard Court on the question: If the Corporation Were a Person Would That Person be a Psychopath?

May 13: Scenario playing for 90 minutes at the same AICD conference on a mock board with the likes of Graham Bradley, Alan Cameron, John Akehurst and Cathy Walter. We kid you not, check out the last session on the program here.

May 25: Luncheon address in Alice Springs for the Law Society of the Northern Teritory’s Law Week program.

May 28: Speaking at the SMH’s Finance Unzipped seminar at the ASX HQ in Sydney on the topic: Shareholder rights: is your fund manager really looking after you?

If you’ve got some interesting insights on any of these topics or audiences, please email [email protected] as the Crikey army remains an invaluable research tool and source for stories and ideas and we can’t get by without your input.

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