How do I get started?
I am often asked, “How did you get started speaking?”
My mom would probably say I stood up in my crib and asked, “Where’s my spotlight!”
I’ve been speaking for as long as I can remember. I love to share what I’ve learned and experienced so others can avoid my mistakes or apply the discoveries I’ve made, too.
Do you have a story to share?
Would you like to tell others what God has done in your life? Is there a book in you that needs to get out?
If the answer is yes, but you don’t know where to start, let me give you three ideas to begin.
1. Write it down.
Write the bones of your story or teaching idea down. Timeline the major events where God showed up or healed or rescued and how it affected your life.
2. Get evaluated.
Ask your pastor or English teacher friend to read and evaluate it. It’s really important that someone who speaks to audiences or has skills to edit and correct mistakes look over your story.
This protects you from sharing too much, too soon. It will sharpen the story and safeguard against errors. Don’t ask your mother, even if she is an English Lit teacher.
3. Get professional training!
It’s easy for me to tell you what to do but if you want help figuring out HOW to do it, consider attending the Speak Up Conference!
Even the best of speakers still need to hone their skills. Going to a speakers conference will give you great methods for creating teachings, give you positive feedback and critiques, and provide practical ideas for finding speaking jobs in an environment that is supportive and not competitive.
Even before I was a faculty member, I attended Speak Up every year. Every year, I get something of value that enhances my skill as a speaker and author, not to mention all the like minded friendships I’ve gained.
If you have a book or a teaching bursting out of you, join me for the Speak Up Conference this summer. It’s virtual this year, so there has never been a better time to invest in your training.