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Speakers’ resource list

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Today is Day 15 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. The recommended blog post was to create a resource list.

I am an International Speaker. Here are some of the inspiring people I follow and some excellent resources I use as a speaker, which may help you, too:

  • Sheila Wray Gregoire, Canadian author/speaker/blogger. Sheila has excellent, professional, and Biblically-based speakers’ training that I’ve taken and loved.¬†
  • Rochelle Valasek aka “Shelley” is my precious friend and speaking coach. Shelley has been speaking professionally for over 15 years, and is one of the most anointed speakers I’ve ever heard. I’ve attended her webinars and she was one of the speakers for my Released women’s conference. She is an anointed woman of God with the Father’s huge heart of love. Her testimony is amazing and powerful. You’ll love her and learn so much from her!¬†
  • Ibloom. Kelly Thorne Gore and her team’s¬†mission is to inspire and empower women to live a life they love which honors God. With every webinar, telecall, and book of Ibloom’s, I learn something and come away refreshed and encouraged.
  • Join NACWE Now!¬†*¬†I was first drawn to NACWE’s CEO and founder Diane Cunningham on Facebook by her beautiful face and how she was so on fire for God and was all over the place, marketing and networking. She inspired me, and I wanted to learn to succeed like she was doing. For the last 2 years, I’ve received incredible business training through NACWE. I highly recommend you join this organization for Christian women with an online business to go to the next level in your biz.
  • Instant Teleseminar. I’ve tried LOTS of webinar programs online. None are perfect. Techie problems happen sometimes with all of them. So far, I’ve found Instant Teleseminar to be the best. You can use webinars and teleseminars for your online speaking.
  • Talkshoe. Talkshoe is a free platform you can use as a speaker to share your heart-burning messages or to invite guest speakers on the show with you as host. There’s a chat room for guests to ask you questions, comment, and connect with each other. Some speakers prefer Blog Talk Radio, but I think Talkshoe is less tech-challenging. I have 44 recorded episodes on a variety of topics, that you can listen to at no charge by clicking here.
  • WordPress.¬†My first website made me cry a lot. It was totally stressful trying to add an article, blog, or picture to my site. Then I hired a professional WordPress website designer and I fell in love with WordPress! I LOVE it! I can’t say enough good things about WordPress (great for SEO, attracts Google robots and search engines, you can easily add pics, videos, and blogs, integrates with social media, saves money from hiring designer to make changes on your site)….and these things are why I only recommend WordPress to my coaching clients. Read what Michael Hyatt has to say about why you need a self-hosted WordPress site here.
  • Toastmasters. Some professional speakers are not fans of Toastmasters. I haven’t been to a meeting in awhile for various reasons. But I won a first place humorous speech award at Toastmasters, networked with wonderful speakers, and¬†became much more self-aware in my presentations about NOT using filler words like “um,” “you know,” and “so” at Toastmasters. They offer great training.
  • Michael Port. Right now I’m watching his new video series, which is educational and entertaining. He’s a top-ranking speaker and best-selling author. His book, Book Yourself Solid, is excellent.¬†

This is just a partial list of resources. I hope they encourage and help you. If you have any questions, email me at elizabethdjones@gmail.com.

If you’d like to book me as a speaker for your women’s conference or event, email me at elizabethdjones@gmail.com. You can see clips of my videos and hear radio interviews of me by clicking here.

*This email contains an affiliate link. This means if you buy something/sign up, I¬†may get paid a commission. But I also share links on this post that are not affiliate links which offer valuable content/help that I think you’ll love!

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You are a _______!

I’ve been tweaking things at my website lately, like my EStore. I’ve added info products that I used to carry, and I’m planning to add more this year: ebooks, books, webinars, telecalls, cd’s. It’s time to get productive!

I was Skyping with a friend/business peer yesterday, who surprised me when she said she thought I was mostly a coach. Wha-a-a?! (No offense, coaches!)

We discussed how both of us can more effectively and clearly market ourselves and our biz.

We talked about how we as women entrepreneurs need to be bold and step up and say, “I am a _______.”

Beth Jones, International Speaker

Beth Jones speaking at Carriage House, Butler, MO

For me, that would be, “I am a public (professional) speaker.”

My signature talk is on The Power of Shoes, based on Cinderella’s story.

I so wish that I could claim credit for the title. One night I was having an insomniac, late-night Facebook chat with my jewelry artist friend Jennifer Whiddon, telling her my signature talk will be about Cinderella – and I wanted it to focus on shoes.

I LOVE shoes. Women in general love shoes.

Cinderella’s glass slippers were cool, and I wanted to encourage women to walk in their unique shoes (their purpose, life assignment, gifts).¬†

I spoke on Cinderella when I flew to Canada to speak at Doreen Penner’s women’s retreat in Manitoba (and bought beautiful, new shoes to wear when speaking!).

Since then, Doreen has strongly encouraged me to delve deeper into the story and consider it as my “one talk.”

Jennifer got really excited about the whole idea, and immediately thought of the title The Power of Shoes.

This is why I surround myself with brilliant, creative people. They think for me.

¬†Jennifer and I brainstormed about the talk.¬†The wicked stepmother and stepsisters told Cinderella she couldn’t go to the ball like everyone else. She felt left behind, all alone. Have you ever felt like you were on the outside looking in at others?

You weren’t meant to fit in, but were created by God to STAND OUT ~ set apart by Him for a holy purpose! You were made to do great things!

No one could fit into Cinderella’s glass slippers but her. No one can fit into or walk in your ¬†shoes, either – no one else has your purpose, your spiritual gifts, your personality, your looks, your experiences, your intelligence, your story, what makes you uniquely you.

This “not fitting in and standing out for God’s purpose” could be my unique hook for speaking….with me wearing a funky Cinderella dress and shoes (boots!).¬†

If you are an event planner or know someone who needs a women’s conference or retreat keynote speaker, contact me here. I’m now booking speaking events for 2014 and 2015.

(Shameless plug over now…)

Anyhoo, my friend knew I spoke, but it surprised me that she thought I was primarily a coach and an author! 

Yes, I write books. I’m writing one now ~ Promises in the Dark. ¬†It is the most transparent, vulnerable book I’ve ever written, which is why I’ve had MAJOR resistance to writing it (I was supposed to finish it last year!). I.e., you hear about a lot of my bad stuff I’ve done! But it has a point!

If you haven’t heard about it, the book’s theme is God’s promises versus the world’s promises. The world promises you and me so much, but comes up empty and leaving us unsatisfied (and often hurt and filled with regret). God’s promises are true and forever. They fulfill you.

You can view the book trailer for it by clicking here.

And yes, I also¬†coach clients. I’m working with 2 wonderful clients now!

But coaching is a way for me to use my spiritual gifts to help women discover their gifts, to tap into their creativity and great potential, and to succeed in business. It is also an additional income generating stream for my online biz.

But PRIMARILY, I am a speaker. And I love to travel. Combined together, this is my PASSION.

Speaking on a stage in front of a live audience and traveling are what makes me feel alive and energized. What makes you feel that way? Do you know?

I love looking into women’s faces as I speak to empower them, and encouraging their hearts. I love praying for them afterward, and if God is graceful to me, giving them a prophetic word from God to speak life into them and their troubling circumstances.

Urging them to come higher and step into God’s fullness for them. To display them for His glory.

I love when the anointing of God hits after I take the mic and then afterward, I am all empty, having been used by Him out of His utter mercy toward me…because it’s not about me anyway. God can use a donkey if He wants!

My constant prayer is, “Here, I am, Lord, send me” and “God, please, don’t let me flop…I can’t do this without you!” ūüôā

I love studying His word, reading great books, and sharing with others the gems I’ve discovered. I love sharing the good news of my BFF, Jesus, how applicable and relevant and practical it still is in this post-modern, so independent world, and the powerful stories of what He’s done in mine and others’ lives.¬†

I can’t even breathe without Him. He’s everything to me. And I have to tell, even if I stumble over my words and am not polished perfect. But I’m simply willing to go wherever He wants and open my mouth and glorify Him. And I think He likes that, because He knows I will ALWAYS POINT TO JESUS.¬†

What’s funny about this speaking business is that years ago, I used to be scared to death to speak in front of people!¬†Like most people. It’s the #2 fear among Americans.

So I am a speaker by default…and by divine assignment!¬†God opened the door about 3 years ago for me to share my testimony at a woman’s Bible study. The director of the pro-life pregnancy center where I was a voluntary counselor was asked to speak there.

She was busy, so she recommended and volunteered me instead! When I got in front of that roomful of ladies, my whole body shook, I sweated profusely, and my voice quivered. I thought I was going to faint.

Then I got hooked on it. Now I LOVE IT! God has such a sense of humor ~ and uses the most unlikely of people.

Like me – a woman with a past, like the Samaritan woman at the well Jesus spoke to – and then He used her to turn the city inside out.

Turning my messes into messages of hope. Hope only Jesus can give.

So yea…if you didn’t know, I’m a speaker! If you need one, talk to me and let’s get this event booked! Email me at elizabethdjones@gmail.com or contact me here.¬†

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Sought After Speaker Summit Part 9

Recently I attended Caterina Rando‘s Sought After Speaker Summit speakers’ training. This is part 9 of my Sought After Speaker Summit blog series. You can read part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here, part 5 here, part 6 here, part 7 here, and part 8 here.

Some of the things I learned from Caterina’s training were what NOT to do as a public speaker. These included:

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    Beth Jones & gift winner Ana Muniz
    Show up! You don’t want to cancel at the last minute, unless it is a true emergency like sickness or death in the family, a cancelled flight, etc. If you call to say you can’t make it just because you have¬†a little cold or are PMSing and depressed today, this will quickly blacklist you as a professional speaker. (If you are really sick, though, please don’t go! You won’t deliver your presentation well, and this will be a disservice to the event planner and the audience who deserve the best! Recommend another speaker to replace you, if possible.)
  • Connect with¬†the audience before, during, and after your speaking time. Be available and approachable!¬†Don’t be a “grab and go” speaker – speaking, grabbing your stuff and going home right after you speak. Look into their eyes as you speak; walk out into the audience to be physically close to them. Don’t let the podium be your little safety net! Be with your peeps!¬†Talk with the attendees before and after you speak.. This builds the know, like and trust factor and is smart speaker etiquette. I love praying with women after I speak; it’s a wonderful opportunity to minister to the heart of the women personally.
  • Network at events where you’re speaking. If there are multiple speakers, don’t sit with only the speakers at breaks, lunch or dinner. Sit with the attendees so there is not a barrier between you and the audience of “us and them.”
  • Don’t be a high maintenance, diva¬†speaker. You don’t want to be kind of speaker who demands a Starbucks latte’ or 3 bottles of Fiji¬†water. If you try to act like a celebrity, you are less likely to be booked! Don’t have a long list of¬†“must have” demands¬†before your speaking time.
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    Don’t be a high maintenance speaker

    Work with the AV equipment they have; if necessary, bring your own that you and your staff can operate. Be friendly and open to the planner, staff and attendees, not rude. Leave a thank you note for the event planner/staff, expressing your gratitude. Practice great follow up techniques after events; they may ask you to come back next year or another time!

  • No verbal agreements! You need a contract, Letter of Agreement or Letter of Understanding. This needs to be your own agreement, stating what is important to you; don’t wait for the planner to send you one. You need to have a speaker agreement even for marketing talks. This is a super tip that Caterina has learned. It doesn’t matter how well you know this person; get it in writing! Be sure that you and the event planner or contact person has signed and dated it before the day of event.¬†This includes your¬† speaker fee and the date you will receive it, such as on the day you speak. Clarify that you want a private hotel room if the planner is booking your room. One time when I flew out of state to speak somewhere, I discovered that I had a “surprise” room mate (another speaker)¬†at the hotel. Neither of us knew about this before we arrived!¬† If you’ve asked for a deposit prior to the event (I do this, to make sure they are committed), be sure you have received this first.
  • At the same time, honor yourself. Caterina has found that¬†a lot of events don’t hold their numbers. When an event planner contacts you, let her know that you’re happy to put it on your calendar now if what was promised is delivered, if the date is available, and if¬†the pay is right – but give yourself an out if you revisit it in 2 months and only 5 people have signed up for the event. This is a way to honor yourself. Put it all in writing.¬†However, by the 6 weeks mark, be firm about whether you are committed to speaking there. ¬†(My disclaimer: if God tells you to speak there anyway, obey Him!)
  • Don’t shout. Use the mic! Even if there’s only 20 people in the room, you want a mic. Using a mic will preserve your voice. I found by creating my own local event that having 2 mics was wisdom!You want everyone to be able to HEAR you, and to have a backup if necessary. AV equipment costs a ton of money, up to $175 for 2 days. Power point projector can cost $500. Be sure to ask about and then check the equipment before you speak somewhere.
  • Practice takes¬†away the anxiety and fear.¬†The more platform time you have, the less anxious you will be. When you go to a new level (such as speaking to 1000 people after only speaking to crowds of 50, 100, or a couple of hundred people), you will experience anxiety again.
    shy girl speaking

    shy girl speaking

    But the more you do it, the less fear you will have. In sales on calls, you can visualize the person on the other end waiting for your call. For speaking, you can imagine people sitting on the edge of their seats, waiting to hear your important message.

  • Get your speaker sheet done. This is a simple tool that gets you booked or you DON’T get booked if you don’t send it out.
  • Don’t have a pic with your dog or cat or family in it. Women love furry babies (and regular babies), but this is your professional photo to help you book speaking gigs. Make sure that people can really see your eyes in your picture, because the eyes are the window to the soul. You want a dynamic picture with a big smile, that is positive, uplifting, and makes you seem trustworthy (hopefully you are!). You can use a body shot if the brochure is two pages, but generally a good, quality headshot is best. A corporate photo looks dated. Be brand consistent.
  • Don’t use a bio like a resume’.¬† Remember personal branding words in your speaker sheet. “Dynamic and inspirational.” Make sure it describes you as an incredible speaker.
  • List 3 titles of talks, not 10 or 20,. You want your 3 talks that get the most pickup. If you have 15 or 20 talks listed, this will make decisions difficult for the event planner. Put your best stuff on there. What else do you do–coaching? She will look at it and think, ‘This speaker¬†is a perfect match for us!” You can have different speaker sheets, or tweak your bio/speaker sheet just for that conference.
  • Don’t accept no.¬† The answer is yes until they say no! The event planner and the attendees tell you they loved your presentation and they are leaving inspired. If you offer to speak again next year, and¬†they say they have a different speaker every year, offer to be a breakout session or workshop speaker.

You want to be not just a memorable speaker they enjoyed, but a sought after speaker who is booked solid throughout the year. Remember these do’s and don’t’s and you will be!

Beth Jonees, International Speaker/Author

Beth Jones, International Speaker/Author

*******Do you need a speaker for your late fall of Christmas event this year, spring 2014 or spring 2015? I’m now booking speaking engagements. If you’d like me to be a speaker at your event, or to talk with me more, email me at elizabethdjones@gmail.com or contact me here.

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