Speaking event and Book Signing in Kansas: The Gift of Words

Do you ever struggle with your thought life or the words coming out of your mouth? I know I do! In fact, I believe that Joyce Meyer may have written her book, Me and My Big Mouth, just for me!

For my entire life, I’ve battled speaking impatiently, in anger, thoughtlessly, or too bluntly. My wise husband Ray says it’s not necessarily what I’m saying (because I speak truthfully and honestly), but that it’s the way I say it, how I often come across to others. His title of endearment for me is La belle dame sans merci. (The beautiful lady without mercy)

My precious sister Maria, who drips with the gift of mercy, calls it my “bull in the china shop approach!”

I’m working on it! 

As a professional, Christian speaker and author, I’m well aware of the power of words.

The American adage that children often recite in response to bullying in school, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” is simply not true. Words can hurt deeply. Words can also heal and impart life.

God created the world and everything in it with His words. (Genesis Chapter 1) In fact, Jesus Himself is called “The Word” in John 1:1. 

Because God created everything with His  words, and we are made in His image, the words of our mouths are powerful, too. In fact, each word is a gift. This is especially true for speakers and writers!

I’m going to be speaking on this topic at a Christian Women’s Writers’ Workshop, The Gift of Words, in Hutchinson, Kansas, with my friend, author Missy Hoffman, on September 21, 2019.

The workshop will be 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Hutchinson Public Library. 

The address is 901 N. Main Street, Hutchinson, Kansas, 67501.

Missy and I would LOVE to see you there! Admission is free, but seating is limited. If you’re interested in coming, please email Missy at missy@missyhoffman.com or contact her here on the Facebook event page to save your spot. 

Missy is a self-published author of three books, and she will also share about her own writing journey. Our hope is to encourage Christian women to share the story God has given each one of us and to help each woman experience healing through her own writing journey!

We will meet in the Library Conference Room #1.

The book signing for both of us to sign our books is that same day, September 21, at Metropolitan Coffee shop from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Join us for some delicious coffee and fellowship!

The address for Metropolitan Coffee Shop is 1329 E 17th Ave, Hutchinson, Kansas, 67501. (There is no charge for the book signing! Our books will be available to sign and/or for sale!)

We can wait to see you there! Remember, each word you speak is a gift from God and for God’s glory! Your story matters.

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Repurpose content for your audios & videos

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Are you a speaker, author, or entrepreneur and do you have a vault full of audios and videos with valuable content, and you’re wondering what you should do with them? Repurpose them!

The definition of repurpose is “to adapt for use in a different purpose.”

On my scope tonight, I shared three ways you can repurpose your audios and videos, which are listed below. (You can follow me on Periscope @bethmjones.)

  • Have your audios or videos transcribed and turn them into a blog post or  article at your website or for an article directory. Stumped over what to blog about this week or what topic to write on for an article? Listen to your audios from a webinar or a telecall, or your videos on YouTube, and repurpose the content to post a new blog or blog series at your website or blog. You can also expand on the content to write a new article. I’ve submitted some articles at Ezine Articles. There are thousands of article directories on the web. 
  • Have your audios or videos transcribed, save it as a downloadable PDF, and give it away as a freebie to your website subscribers or for new  subscribers or for a JV (Joint Venture project with a business peer) for their list or followers. Give away your best content to your subscriber list–not “fluff.” You should treat your list as GOLD–they should have your very best offerings and be the first “in the know” about your events, books published, Facebook or Twitter parties, etc. Same thing when a business peer asks if you have anything to give away for their webinar or other virtual (or live) event. Think of how a chocolate store might give away free samples of their finest chocolates. You want to give your best and have your people coming back for more goodies! 
  • Have the audios or videos transcribed and write a short eBook or expand on it for a longer book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble online. I took my signature talk that I use to speak at women’s conferences, and wrote my Amazon Best Seller eBook, The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes. You can take your audios and videos and write your own books or book series! Did you know that Amazon loves book series and even begins to promote your books for you if they do well?

These are just three tips to repurpose your audios and videos. I’m now offering transcription and VA (virtual assistance) services here at BethJones.net.

If you’d like assistance with transcribing your audios and videos to repurpose their content, contact me here. If you know others who might be interested, please share about my transcription/VA services. I’d love to help!

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First draft of my 1st fiction book done, woot!

Storm Tossed

I’m so excited! 

Woot! Above is the beautiful cover. I chose the image at Istock and then had a graphic designer create the ecover for Amazon.

My  husband Ray loves to read fiction books and has been encouraging me, a non-fiction author, to write fiction for years! Today he told me he is very proud of me for finally doing this.

Of course, I still have to edit (and edit, and edit) and do the re-writing; do keyword and category research on Amazon; hire the formatter; and get it uploaded to Amazon. My goal is to have all this done by July 1, 2015. You can hold me accountable! 🙂

But this was a HUGE accomplishment. At lunchtime, I went out to celebrate, eating Mexican lunch (chicken fajitas with queso cheese sauce). The chips and salsa were especially delicious today.

Celebrating with chips and salsa!
Celebrating with chips and salsa!
Chicken fajitas
Chicken fajitas

I still have lots to do before the eBook launch at Amazon, but I’m so pumped about this!

Be sure to celebrate your accomplishments, big and small!

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