Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Join the Fun Tonight

 

Tonight is the night! This is our chance to be together via FB Live from 8:00-8:30 pm Eastern Standard Time.  It won’t be the same without you, so follow your FOMO and make plans to join us! Here’s what we’ll be doing:

  • You can ask any question you’ve ever had about speaking ministry.
  • I’ll cover as many questions as I can in 30 minutes.
  • Some time between 8:00-8:30, I’ll be doing a giveaway for a FREE 30-MINUTE COACHING CALL. You have to be present and have commented to win!

Not sure about how participate? It’s easy. Here are some instructions:

  • Go to the Next Step Speaker Services Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NextStepSpeaker/) and follow us.
  • On Tuesday, January 24th at 8:00 pm Eastern Time, go to the page, and I’ll be there. Easy peasy! Note: I won’t be able to help with tech glitches but here are a few to try if you can’t see me or hear me…
    • Make sure to restart your computer before 8:00 and make sure you have a good internet connection.
    • Click on the video if you don’t have any audio.
    • Log out of FB. Log back in, and try again.
  • Have your questions ready to type into the comments. I’ll have someone helping me on my end so that I can answer as many as possible.
  • You can type questions and responses into the comments which creates a live conversation where you take part.
  • You can click “thumbs up”, hearts or the other reactions FB gives. I have to tell you that hearts floating by thrills my heart!
  • I’ll answer as many questions as possible in our 30 minutes together. Any that go unaddressed will be future blog posts.
  • Everyone who leaves a comment live that night will be entered into a fun giveaway! You must be present live to win.

If you can’t participate live:

  • When I finish the video, it will be posted to the page permanently. You can go to the page latter to watch.
  • You can submit your questions to me ahead of time by emailing it to me at amy@proverbs31.org. Questions submitted live will be prioritized, but I’ll get to as many as I possibly can. Any that go unaddressed will be future blog posts.

Will I see you tonight? Can’t wait to be with you! (Hey… and I’d love for you to share it up with you speaker friends too. Let’s make this a real party!)

Amy

Leave a comment here | No Comments
Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • email
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Google Bookmarks
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

17 Ways to Grow Your Speaking Ministry in 2017

 

2017 has begun! Do you feel the anticipation of a fresh start? Or the dread of feeling overwhelmed by the possibilities?

I loved Melanie’s post last week on choosing one resolution. I felt myself relax and sigh in relief at the weight of self-imposed expectations lifting off of me. I hope it gave you a sense of hope too.

One of the ways I have to approach growth and change is to make a pray-oritized (prioritizing under God’s direction) list, and I’d love to give you some ideas that you may want to put on your list this year as you seek to grow your speaking ministry. Having a list helps me to keep me from being overwhelmed as a work on one item at a time.

Speaking is a never-ending learning curve of always stretching to communicate in a clearer, more compelling way. No matter where you are in your speaking–a beginner or a seasoned veteran– you can take tangible steps to grow your speaking ministry. Here are my top seventeen tips for 2017:

  1. Spend a day (or as much time as you can carve out) in a quiet place with just your Bible and a journal. Worship, pray, and read God’s Word. Ask Him to speak to you about His agenda for you for the year. Write down what God shows you and ask Him to help you pray-oritize your steps. Read this blog post for more details about a retreat with Jesus.
  2. Pray before you speak, “Lord, help me to love You first and to love these women as you love them.” Watch your focus change and your nerves subside.
  3. Lay aside a percentage of each of your speaking fees for reinvestment back into your ministry.
  4. Purchase a book that will challenge you in your speaking and implement at least one new idea in your next message. My top two suggestions are Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley and Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath.
  5. Schedule time each week to work on your speaking ministry–studying, writing new messages or working on marketing tasks. Put it on your calendar and protect the time!
  6. Seek out someone who lives very differently than you as a friend. One of the ways God is expanding my horizons and teaching me new things is through some friends who do ministry in different arenas as well as two friends who live with significant handicaps. These friendships and the lessons we learn through them impact our messages significantly.
  7. Start saving your pennies and attend She Speaks. It’s a feast for your mind and soul! Registration will open early March. You can go the website today to sign up for an email alert when registration opens. Last year there were 1,000 women on the waiting list, so if this is your year, please, please register early so that you don’t miss out.
  8. Prayerfully set a goal for how many times you’ll speak this year. Be open to all kinds of venues for speaking (including making announcements, emceeing events, teaching Sunday school, etc), and speak as often as possible. Pray for chances to share God’s message and exercise your “speaking muscle”.
  9. Record yourself (smart phones make this super easy) and ask to be recorded each time you speak. Then, listen to yourself. I know it’s excruciating, but you’ll identify more needs for improvement by doing this than by any other single thing.  Video is even better (worse?). Watching yourself will alert you to areas that need work.
  10. Create an updated sample speaking video for your website this year. I went years and years without a video on my website until a friend of mine who is an event planner said, “I would never hire a speaker without seeing a sample video!” It should be short and contain your best moments. Click here and scroll down a little to watch the video produced for me last year. I’m in the midst of working on another one this year. It’s that important!!
  11. Subscribe to blogs that will give you information about being a better speaker and getting the word out about your ministry. We’d love for you to subscribe here for our free weekly speaker tips, of course!  We also have additional information posted on our Facebook page.   Also, I recommend Micheal Hyatt’s blog as well as signing up for Rob Eager’s Monday Morning Marketing Tips.
  12. Listen to great speakers and analyze the structure of their messages.  A few of my favorites are any of my Proverbs 31 sisters, Jennifer Dukes Lee (a former coaching client), Andy Stanley and Ravi Zacharias.
  13. Watch TED Talks to fill your mind with challenging ideas and the opportunity to listen to some fabulous speakers. Here are a few of my favorites: Reshma SaujaniDiana NyadBill GatesJane FondaAmy Cuddy, and my all-time favorite, genius TED Talk by Jane McGonigal.
  14. Choose 12 of Tracie’s marketing ideas, and implement one each month this year.
  15. Get out and live a bigger life. Take a day-trip. Ride your bike. Play with children. Cook international food. Break out of your rut, and do something different! Not only will it energize you, it will give you material for your messages.
  16. Listen to podcasts for communicators. Communicator Academy by Kathi Lipp and Michele Cushatt has shows on topics for both speakers and writers. I don’t miss an episode!
  17. And last but not least…use Next Step Speaker Services to help you individually with message development, editing your writing, message evaluation, developing marketing pieces. If you’d like to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION CALL click here

Melanie and I are here to be your cheerleaders for all of 2017! We’re in this growth process right along with you, so let’s take some next steps together.

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’re planning your speaking year! Which of these tips will you add to your pray-oritized t0-do list? How about copying this list and putting it into your own Word doc so that you can add, delete, and change the order according to your pray-orities?

Amy

Leave a comment here | 5 Comments
Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • email
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Google Bookmarks
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Don’t Miss the Moment

I love the start of a new year filled with possibilities and freshness, a chance to look forward and take steps in a new direction.

And, yes, I even love making New Year’s Resolutions.

I’m embracing some small changes – not sleeping with makeup on and taking care of yucky paperwork immediately rather than procrastinating.

And I’m also moving forward with one bigger resolution.  That’s right.  Just one. In the past I found I didn’t like resolutions because I never could stick with my list of fifteen or so resolutions. That failure defeated and deflated me.

So I’ve found a way to resolve and then realize my one New Year’s Resolution.

Consider adopting these steps, too!

Keep it simple. I often failed in the past because I tried to realize too many goals. So now I reach for one, doable goal.  For example, my resolution this year:

Don’t miss the moment. 

Let me explain a little about my resolution this year. I have a busy, busy mind.  I think about writing ideas, the errands I need to run, is it time to color my hair, or the conversation I just had with a son.  I also ruminate on the past – a lot – to the extent that I miss out on the present.  That’s some of the reasoning behind my resolution. I want to savor and sing in the new moments God brings in 2017.

Find a verse to support your resolution. Pray about this, and trust me – you will find a verse to support a heart’s desire in line with God’s will.

My verse:

Psalm 98:1

O sing to the Lord a new song,

for He has done wonderful things.

Pray about your resolution each day. Read your chosen Scripture each day. Find other related verses. Praise Him. Sing to Him in thanks for the new moments.

Let the Lord produce the new thing in you. Let’s not make this year about measuring ourselves against an imaginary yardstick that is omnipresent for so many of us.

Let’s soak in His presence; worship and adore Him. This will release a new thing in us, like a watered seed bursting from the ground to green stalk, buds, and flowers. Or like a song bursting from the deepest part of our souls. 

That’s it! I’d love for you to join me in keeping your resolution simple this year.  

If your one resolution includes getting a speaking or writing project completed, Amy and I at Next Step would love to help you.

Melanie

Leave a comment here | 2 Comments
Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • email
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Google Bookmarks
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sweet Aroma of Christ

 

Certain sights, sounds, and scents trigger Christmas memories and highlight what we like most about the holiday season.  Today’s verse makes me focus on the scents of Christmas.

2 Corinthians 2:14,15, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of  Him in every place.  For we are a fragrance of Christ…” (NAS)

Along with fragrances like hot chocolate simmering, sugar cookies baking, peppermint candles burning, what does the sweet aroma of Christ smell like?  And more importantly, how do we manifest the fragrance of Christ, especially during the Christmas season?

christmas-mugs

Maybe some of these ideas will help sweeten our aroma.

… spend quiet time every day with Jesus, even if it’s just a few minutes.  Our sweet aroma comes from soaking in Jesus, not trying harder.

… lay down perfection when it comes to Christmas decorations or other traditions.

… show grace with a challenging relative.

…be completely present, listening attentively, unrushed, with a good friend or relative.

…extend patience with cashiers in stores.

…ask family members to choose their favorite Christmas tradition.  Can you do just those things?

…Consider not saying yes to every invitation.

…Call a friend or relative you haven’t talked to in a long time.

…Take a walk in the woods.  Enjoy the hushed quiet.

…Have a pajama night with your family and watch a favorite Christmas movie.

…There’s a time for everything… maybe put aside writing or speaking projects right now, if you can.  Focus on time with the Lord, friends, and family.

May all our Christmases be filled with the sweet aroma of Christ, wherever we go and whenever we speak.

Melanie

Leave a comment here | 2 Comments
Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • email
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Google Bookmarks