SOS: Starting Out Speaking Tips For Beginner Speakers

SOS: Starting Out Speaking Tips For Beginner Speakers
Beth Jones, speaking at Women of Destiny Conference, Bahamas
Beth Jones, speaking at Women of Destiny Conference, Bahamas

Have you always dreamed of speaking on stage, but the dream has never become a reality? Do you want to start speaking publicly, but don’t know how to get started? In my last post,¬†I wrote about when I first started speaking. It wasn’t my idea; I was real shy and terrified to speak in front of even a few people! But God had other plans. ūüôā

I’m so glad He did because now I LOVE speaking! It energizes me and makes me happy. My desire is to glorify Jesus and share¬†about God’s love and the great plans He has for women everywhere, to use their gifts for Him and doing what they love.

Recently in a Facebook forum, a fellow peer thanked me for sharing encouragement with other beginner speakers. I’d like to share some here as well.

SOS: Starting Out Speaking Tips for Beginner Speakers

1. Speak whenever and wherever you can. The way you get speaking gigs is to speak, or as Speaker/Author/Success Coach Cheryl Pullins says, “Let them experience you.” Speak at churches, Bible studies, Rotary Clubs, MOPS meetings, workshops, and¬†whatever door opens for you. Tell everyone you know that God put this desire in your heart and that you are now available for speaking and scheduling events. Email family and friends to let them know. Share about your availability at church, your kids’ schools or homeschool co-op, with neighbors, your husband’s co-workers, your best friend, and your in-laws.

Remember if you don’t take yourself seriously, they won’t either. It doesn’t matter if anyone thinks you aren’t “qualified” to speak. God is the one who has called, qualified, and anointed you! The good fruit from your life will be evidence to them after awhile. People can’t ignore the fact that doors are beginning to open for you from God!

2. Pray (being very specific) for speaking gigs. Jesus told His disciples, “You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.” (Matthew 21:22, NLT)¬†How can you receive if you aren’t even asking?

Be specific in prayer and ask God for whatever number of speaking opportunities you desire per month or year. If this is really your gift and what God wants for you to do, you’ll get speaking opportunities as you walk in obedience to Him. Every speaking engagement I’ve ever received, they have come to me to ask me to speak! “A man‚Äôs gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.”– Proverbs 18:16

3. ¬†Speak for free. Initially you may have to speak for free.¬†Yes, nada.¬†I know, it burns, it burns! That is what I did, and what so many speakers do. Get your pride out of the way and first get some experience and credibility! You aren’t going to be paid the big bucks when you’ve only spoken a couple of times!

In fact, if your motive for speaking is the money, you might reconsider another career or ministry!¬† Yes, you can have a successful, profitable speaking business. But it takes TIME. And if money is your motive, it’s probably not going to work.

YES, I am a fiercely passionate advocate of Christian Speakers being paid. It makes me bristle when I hear people say that you shouldn’t “charge for your ministry.” Really? So every pastor in America needs to get another full-time job so they can earn a paycheck! Christian Speakers are one of the only professions/ministries I know of, who hear this objection to their pay. This is not just my ministry; it is my home business, my “career,” the way I am helping to bring in income to our family (you know, like the Proverbs 31 woman who bought a vineyard with her earnings!).

If you know a lawyer, doctor, CPA, nurse, preschool teacher or any other number of fields, you wouldn’t expect him or her to go to work and not get paid, would you? Then why is it any different for Christian speakers? This has always made me curious!¬†I believe with all my heart what the Bible says, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” (1 Timothy 5:18)

But when you’re first starting out, you may have to gain experience first before you can start charging. And sometimes, even after you’ve been doing this awhile, there may be situations where you still speak for free or for less than your normal fee, such as an honorarium or love offering.

After you’ve gained credibility and much experience, you have to make a decision about whether you are still willing to speak for free (or less than your fee, an honorarium, or a love offering). As my friend Diane says, “You can’t pick my brain for free because my brain is expensive! I’ve invested a lot of money into this brain, learning new things!” Sometimes the benefits you gain from the opportunity are better than money, such as the opportunity to travel somewhere new, the new audieence you may be reaching (which may mean even MORE speaking opportunities for you in the future), or greater exposure for your business.

4. Ask for testimonials right away after you speak from the church’s women’s ministry leader or the event planner.¬† That way you are freshly in her mind, and she will remember how well it went. Testimonials help to establish you as a reputable speaker. Canadian Speaker/Author Sheila Wray Gregoire has excellent advice for speakers on her blog, Becoming a Christian Women’s Speaker.

5.¬†Be easy to work with for event planners. Please, please, don’t be a difficult, high-maintenance speaker. If you want to have a successful Speaking Business, you must be professional! Don’t whine about how few attendees are in the audience, the lousy mic or sound equipment, or the food the meeting planner serves¬†you that you just can’t stomach.

Arrive in plenty of time for your speaking presentation, so the event planner isn’t biting her nails, wondering if she’ll have a no-show for her important event. Communicate when needed¬†with the event planner after being hired so she won’t worry (without your boundaries being violated, which is another post!).

Have your bio printed out for her when you arrive, in case she forgot hers. I learned from Speaker Felicia Slattery several years ago that you do not want to start your speech with saying your name, talking about the weather or the building, or any other inane comment or you are going to instantly LOSE your audience. Those first few seconds are crucial to your audience tuning into you. Start and end your presentation with power!

Turn OFF your cell phone at the meeting and have your notes, visual aids or power point, Kleenex, and cold bottled water ready when she introduces you. You don’t want to be totally disorganized, sweating, and¬†fumbling around with your index cards or papers, shouting, “Just a minute! I’ll be up there in a sec! I know I put that quote somewhere!”

Don’t be unreasonable and demanding of event planners, asking her to make¬†100 copies of your revised handout five minutes before you speak¬†or to¬†asking her to display 75 copies of your book¬†on the back table just¬†minutes before the meeting time so you can make more money there with back-table sales.¬† Be pleasant and polite to her and the attendees. Remember that interacting with your audience is key to success!

6. Dress for success. Please don’t show up in a short skirt or shorts and flip flops, or something more suitable for night clubbing with your cleavage generously spilling out. You also want to make sure that you don’t wear dated clothing or this can cause the audience to not be able to relate to you, and they won’t take you or your message¬†seriously. Most importantly, be beautiful on the inside, preparing your heart with prayer!

A good rule of thumb for speakers is to dress one notch above the audience. A man wearing a black tux to a men’s retreat? A little¬†much. A chic dress and wedge sandals at¬† a women’s retreat when the attendees are in jeans or pantsuits? That’s great. Some women are much more comfortable in pants when speaking.

On stage, it’s a good idea to wear more makeup than you usually do because your features tend to “disappear” from a distance. Someone on the back row can’t see your sheer pink lip gloss from where she’s sitting. You’ll look like you have no lips or very thin ones. Learn some tips from a makeup artist, such as outlining your eyes with darker eyeliner or outlining your lips before putting on lipstick or lipgloss.¬†Make sure that at least your eyes and your mouth stand out with some pretty color.

A great tip I learned at Upper Class professional speakers’ training was to make sure my hair didn’t fall into my eyes or face as I looked down at my notes and spoke. Your audience will become distracted if they are thinking, “I really wish she’d get her bangs out of her eyes!” or you are hiding under a lion’s mane of permed hair. Be sure to have good hygiene (shower, bath, brushed teeth with fresh breath,¬†clean hair) and a good hair style and cut.

7. Talk to the attendees before and after your presentation. A mistake I made last year happened when I had to rush off after a speaking event because I was flying out of town the next day. In retrospect, I should’ve stayed for the lunch they had prepared for the meeting and connected heart to heart with the women and the men there, talking to them. I had so much on my mind about my trip that I neglected to be fully present in the moment.

Actually, I love being able to pray with women after I speak to pray for their needs and to give them words of encouragement. This is often when the greatest ministry occurs.

If you seem unfriendly or unapproachable in some way, it could damage your credibility and reputation as a professional paid speaker. Smile, take pics with attendees,¬†ask questions, pray with them, and listen intently to what they have to say. Don’t just try to sell yourself as a speaker or sell your books, but build relationships. You aren’t there just “to be in the limelight.”¬† You are there to serve God and them. Walk humble. You are there for God’s purpose on a Divine Mission. Make new friends!

These are just a few tips I have for you if you are starting out speaking. I’ll continue with more SOS tips in the week ahead. I’d love to hear your questions or for you to share about your own speaking experiences, both good and bad! Leave your comments below.

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Blog Hop The Next Big Thing

A Scarlett Cord of Hope
A Scarlett Cord of Hope

Today my blog is part of something bigger than usual. Last week, Sheryl Griffin, invited me to be part of a blog hop called The Next Big Thing.

I wasn’t familiar with doing a blog hop, but I decided to try it as this seems like an opportunity for me to bless other authors.

The purpose is to help readers discover the next great book or author; i.e., the one they will be compelled to read or the author whose work they simply can’t put down.

Check out Sheryl’s latest book A Scarlet Cord of Hope¬†and her blog:¬†www.SherylGriffin.com

As part of this blog hop, we were asked to answer the following questions. I hope you take a moment to read my answers about my book: That You Would Prosper As Your Soul Prospers: Affirmations of God’s Blessings For Christian Women Entrepreneurs

Ten Questions With An Author: Beth Jones

What is the title of your book?

That You Would Prosper As Your Soul Prospers: Affirmations of God’s Blessings For Christian Women Entrepreneurs

 

Where did the idea come from for the book?

God has been speaking the word prosperity to me over the last several months and as my “word” for 2013. I’ve watched the 6- and 7-figure-a-year “gurus” online and wondered why it was that they are succeeding, while so many Christian women online entrepreneurs doing what they love struggle financially and to succeed. I read books on the subject and interviewed different Christian women entrepreneurs who are successful to address the topic of why Christian women who have their own online business aren’t prospering financially.

 

What genre does your book fall under?

Spiritual/Christian Life/Personal Growth/Finance

 

 Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

My first picks would be my favorite actresses Meryl Streep (no need for an intro!), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), or¬†Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice). But Hillary Swank (P.S. I love you) would be far more suitable for the movie rendition given her own story. She was a high school dropout, who grew up in a trailer park in Washington and has said she was shunned by classmates for being poor. Swank’s father abandoned the family early on, leaving her mother to fend for the family. When she was 15 years old, her mother lost her job, and the two moved to California, sleeping in their car or at the homes of friends. Swank supposedly earned just $75 a day for her role in¬†Boys Don’t Cry, but she’s now worth $40 million.

 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

God wants you as a Christian woman entrepreneur to PROSPER – to be so blessed financially that you become a blessing to others.

 

Is your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It is self-published December 2012  through Refreshing Waters.

 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Six months, but the project took a year to complete due to my travels to the Bahamas and Canada, two laptop failures, life’s “interruptions” in general, and waiting on quotes (Christian women entrepreneurs stay productively busy!).

 

 What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Inspired Women Succeed by Diane Cunningham and Jo Ann Fore and The Woman’s Advantage: 20 Women Entrepreneurs Show You What It Takes to Grow Your Businesss by Mary Cantando.

 

 Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Sandy Krakowski, Diane Cunningham, Cheryl Pullins, Zig Ziglar, Dani Johnson, Mary Kay Ash, Donald Trump, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerman, Abraham and Sarah, King David, Solomon, Queen of Sheba, Queen Esther, the women disciples of Jesus who gave of their wealth, and many other wealthy people and Christian women entrereneurs who inspire me daily.

 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

If you are a Christian woman entrepreneur and ¬†would like to learn the secrets to success for your online business, That You Would Prosper As Your Soul Prospers: Affirmations of God’s Blessings For Christian Women Entrepreneurs is the perfect book for you. God doesn’t want His people miserable, unhealthy, and flat broke, but to prosper in all areas of their lives and to be so blessed that they become a blessing to others. Jesus came to give you the abundant life and that includes financial prosperity.

 

Next week take the opportunity to hop on over to the blogs of the following authors. These authors have been a blessing to me and I am sure you will enjoy them as well.

Sheryl Griffin
Author Sheryl Griffin

Sheryl Griffin, www.SherylGriffin.com
Sheryl’s book: A Scarlet Cord of Hope

7W0W2687 high res Author Dana Arcuri, www.writing4theheart-n-soul.blogspot.com
Dana’s book: Harvest of Hope: Living Victoriously Through Adversity

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Re-Solutions: Preparing for the new year in all areas of your life

2013 New YearI was talking with our daughter Leah this morning about setting goals for 2013 and she said, “New Year’s resolutions don’t usually work.” Some people, like Steve Errey at LifeHack, would say she is right. Franklin Covey did a survey which showed that 33% of people break their resolutions by the end of January, primarily because of having too many other things to do and not having enough commitment.

So why bother making resolutions, right?

But I love the idea of a fresh start, don’t you? New year, new dreams, new possibilities. Bob Kiser, life coach, motivational speaker and mediator, says resolutions and/or goals can work if they are based out of kind, honest, self-reflection.

The word resolution has the prefix re, which in the original Latin means “again.” A solution to your problem(s) – again. What didn’t work in 2012? You can find a new solution for it in 2013!

This weekend I am spending time preparing for 2013, continuing to dream big and continuing with goals that I had already made. I accomplished some things in 2012 that I set my mind to and believe I will accomplish even more in 2013 with God’s help, persistence, and (smart) work! Here’s some tips to get you ready in all areas of your life for the new year:

1.¬†Declutter.¬†I spent time last night cleaning off my desk. Chaos on the outside makes me feel chaotic inside. I typed up 19 pages in a Word document from all the notes on my desk from training telecalls and webinars I attended in 2012. Now instead of having piles of paper all over my desk, the notes are contained within one document in a file folder (“Business – Misc. Notes”) on my laptop. I threw the papers away. This is one way to tame your paper tiger.

Today I also cleaned out and organized my closet and drawers. As you’re organizing, evaluate everything. Determine its practicality and usefulness. More importantly, do you even like it? If not, why do you own and keep it? People often have way too much stuff. If you are not careful, you will wind up on Hoarders.¬†

I tend to be the other extreme, throwing out everything, including -when we were first married- Ray’s Tony Lama , ostrich-skin western boots that I thought were just a pair of dirty, old, tore up cowboy boots, but were valued at about $800 (Ray said the heels just need re-soling).

Evaluate if you actually want or need the item. Did you ever wear that shirt this year? If not, toss it into one of three piles: give away/sell, throw away, or store. Summer tank tops and shorts can be stored in plastic bins that you can find at the dollar store or Walmart, or relegated to one of your bottom dresser drawers. Photos and scrapbooking materials can be organized and stored in the plastic bins, too.

Today I pulled out a plastic bin in my closet of some of our children’s books and other memorabilia and put it into our utility room to give me more breathing room in my closet. What feels crowded in your home? Make room for the new in 2013!

You can also declutter your digital photos. Create new folders in your “Pictures” section on your laptop and/or upload them to Facebook or an online storage site like Google Drive or on Photo Bucket . Keep only the high quality pics.

The end of the year is a good time to organize and/or delete old files on your laptop or computer – yes, all those telecall replays you’ve been meaning to listen to and PLR articles you didn’t use!

I wasn’t planning to get a fresh start this way, but after I came back from Canada, my laptop tore up.¬†It would’ve cost more to repair it than to buy a brand new one, so for Christmas Ray’s gift to me was a new Toshiba laptop.

This actually helped me to get rid of a LOT of files that I didn’t need anymore. I now have a “clean slate” and much more room on my laptop!

Today I also sorted through bills: current utility bills and debt. This is probably one of my least fun activities in life. Do you dread looking at bills as much as I do?

But to my delight today, when I opened one “bill,” there was a $10 check inside from an organization (yes, it was legit!). Ten dollars doesn’t sound like much, but it was money so I was happy about that – and so glad I opened it instead of just tossing it!

Go through all the cabinets, closets, drawers, nooks and crannies in your house. ¬†Be ruthless. Throw all that crap away! (unless it’s Tony Lama ostrich skin boots!)

If you didn’t use it all year in 2012, why would you need it in 2013? If you can’t bare throwing stuff out like my husband (who almost classifies as a hoarder), then give it to someone, Good Will, or a thrift store. Or have a garage sale and make money from it. But don’t keep it another whole year!

2. Clean. Tomorrow my goal is to clean the house: dust, sweep, mop, do bathrooms. Why not start out the new year with a nice, clean house? A messy house is a major cause of stress that can potentially damage your health even more than losing your job.

Force¬† Get your kids to pitch in and help. You are not a maid. This is growing them into responsible adults and helping them to¬†overcome laziness. My brothers, sister, and I used to hate when daddy would wake us up early on Saturday mornings and make us vacuum or wash the wrap-around front porch of the house, but now I appreciate it because it taught me a strong work ethic. I’m not sure our kids appreciate it yet, but one day hopefully they will!

Maybe you work full-time outside the home and don’t have time to really clean your house for the new year. Or maybe you are a new mom nursing her baby in the middle of the night and you don’t have the energy. Hire someone to help you!

Get your home spic and span clean for 2013. You will feel better and so will your family. If finances are an issue, you might be able to barter with someone or with friends: you’ll trade child care while your friend goes out for a date night with her hubby if she’ll come over and clean your house for a few hours.

3. Business. Take some time to pray to God about your business. God is the CEO of my business at www.BethJones.net. I always pray before the beginning of a new year for God to give me wisdom and direction for the coming year. I don’t want to do this without Him and without His favor and blessing!

Beth Jones speaking in Canada
Me speaking at Canada women’s conference

Look at what worked and what didn’t work in 2012. Are you in over your head and overwhelmed? Maybe you’re trying to do too much. Maybe there are some things you need to delegate-or get rid of completely because it is not what God has called and anointed you to do!

I am a STRONG proponent of outsourcing. This weekend I just took a big leap of faith and hired my first VA – marketing assistant and consultant. If you feel you can’t afford to hire someone because you’re not bringing in a lot of or a consistent income, then think about bartering with a VA or tech help —or pay what you can to get at least some tasks done during the month to free up your time.

Also, consider asking family and friends to be your prayer partners for your business. Because I have big dreams and big goals for my business for 2013 and I realize I can’t get there without God and others’ help, I asked some people recently to consider being part of my official intercessory team.

I now have six women on my intercessory prayer team for my business for 2013. God wants to bless you and your business so much that you become a blessing to others, but the enemy Satan doesn’t want this to happen and he will attack and distract you to keep that from happening.

You need to surround yourself with prayer warriors who will cover you, your family, and your business in 2013!

Another area of business is Joint Ventures. Who were you connected with in 2012? This year I had the privilege of meeting my new friends Tony Robinson, Doreen Penner, and Karen Wells!  What a blessing they are to me. I also partnered with Jennifer Whiddon in a Joint Venture, selling her beautiful, hand-stamped, sterling silver necklaces at my site Рthis custom-designed necklace is available nowhere else!

Did your connections in 2012 bear good fruit – or cause a lot of chaos and drama in your life? Sometimes God removes people from your life because He doesn’t want you joined at the hip with them. He never wanted you to be connected with them in the first place, or it’s a new season for you (or them). Don’t let anyone try to control or dominate you, making you feel guilty for moving ahead. That comes out of their own insecurities.

Ask God to bring the people into your life who He wants you to be connected with for His glory. God has incredible new connections for you in 2013! Be open and alert to the new thing God is doing in your life. Step out and step UP!

Try new things. Find out what Pinterest is all about. Consider buying a smart phone if you don’t already have one (I use my Evo smart phone for my business almost every day and Sandi Krakowski says 2013 is the year of mobile and video, so stay alert to new trends in biz!). If you don’t have a coach, hire one! (I offer coaching services!)

Do what it takes to succeed in business in 2013! Determine that you will make money in your biz and prosper and will make an impact in this world!

4. Relationships. Look over 2012. What wasn’t working, including your relationships?

Couple arguing
Couple arguing

Was your marriage or your relationship with one of your children filled with strife, resentment, or marked by drama? What needs to change to improve your relationship – is it you? Are you walking in love, forgiveness, and humility – or anger, bitterness, and pride?

The Bible tells us to be at peace with all people, if possible. Sometimes it isn’t possible. Some people will choose to wallow in their own pit of unforgiveness, bitterness. They will blame others, refuse to take responsibility for their lives and problems, have a victim mentality, or be a drama king or queen. You can only do your part and leave the rest to God.¬†

Sometimes you have to just let go and let God do His work in their hearts in His timing. Continue to pray for that person. Walk in love because love is the most powerful weapon there is. ¬†But if there’s something you need to do that can impact that difficult relationship, do it.

Ask God to help you love that person by His grace. It’s not easy to love the unloveable, but that is what God does with you and me! ūüôā

At other times, you may have to actually walk away from the relationship. You may have to set firm boundaries or, in extreme circumstances, cut off the relationship, such as in cases of abuse, abandonment, or other toxic situations.

If you were created to be an eagle, you are meant to soar. A toxic relationship can hinder or stop you from flying. Work on yourself inside first; then the work on the relationship will be easier.

5. Finances.  All Americans are concerned over the economy and finances are tight for many people. The global price of food has risen by 37 percent. Gas and other items are higher priced as well.

If 2012 was a financial struggle for you or you didn’t achieve your financial goals yet, one way to begin preparing for 2013 is to begin a savings account. Even if you can only put $100 (or$10!) a month into the account, then that can still help you reach three to six months of expenses saved up, which works great as a “Murphy Repellant” according to financial guru Dave Ramsey.¬†You also want to save so you can fulfill your dreams; for me, that would be traveling all over the world!

Another tip is cutting costs. In 2012, I evaluated my business expenses and decided to go from the popular and well-known “Cadillac” newsletter/autoresponder system to one that was free, which does the very same job – delivering my bi-monthly ezine to my list of subscribers at www.BethJones.net. This doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it saves me $240 a year.

There are some areas where you don’t need to cut costs. You might even need to invest MORE money, such as with coaching, training classes, or more education. Remember you are worth it! You need to invest for there to be a payoff! Identify wise investing vs. foolish and extravagant spending.¬†

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Look at where you’ve been spending money in business and in personal finances. Create a 2013 budget based on your family’s desires and needs, being sure to include some “blow money” -or else, as Dave Ramsey says, you will blow your budget! Make it a workable budget. But find places where you can cut costs and begin to work toward wealth.

God wants to bless and prosper His people – not so they can buy more toys, but to advance the gospel and His kingdom. (I share more about this in my upcoming ebook for women entrepreneurs, so stay tuned!)

Just as you organize and declutter your house, you can do the same thing with your finances. Find a system that works for you to manage your finances and to keep on top of them every single day. One system is managing your finances online through your bank and your utility companies.

I pay some of our bills online; paperless personal finances also helps you to tame the paper tiger and is faster and more efficient. Paperless finances will help you to get rid of clutter, relieving some of your stress.

6. Good health/Fitness. This is probably the area where most people make new year’s resolutions. “Lose weight.” “Lose 20 pounds.” (or 50) ¬†We get sick of making the resolutions – and then failing at them, don’t we? Probably a better alternative is to think in terms of health/fitness.

When you think of the word “diet,” it immediately makes you feel resistant. We don’t like being told NO about anything. No, you can’t have that coke, ice cream, fast food, delicious cheesecake dessert.

But when you focus on personal health and fitness instead of “dieting” or “trying to lose weight/inches,” it takes the pressure off. One tip I received last year from family health coach Bess Blanco is simply drinking more water.

water

Water helps you to lose weight, makes your skin look younger, gives you more energy, makes you more alert at work, helps you to fight against flu and other ailments, and has other benefits.

I also learned to start cooking simple, healthier meals for my family. I don’t like to cook, but Bess gave me recipes that didn’t have me in the kitchen for hours, which were also healthier alternatives for my family and me than Sonic or other fast food places. One of my favorites is a Mexican enchilada recipe.

You can begin to add salads, brown rice,  and fresh veggies and fruit to your grocery list and add 15 to 20 minutes of aerobic activity, three times a week, to help you and your family with fitness and good health for 2013. 

7. Personal Growth and Development.  This includes becoming closer to God each day, using your spiritual gifts, being part of a community of believers in Christ, overcoming your sins and weaknesses, strengthening your character by making choices of integrity, growing in knowledge, continuing your education and training (leadership, business, marketing, social media, etc.).

Did you grow and improve in 2012 – or stagnate? In my 2012 signature ¬†Unveiled: G.I.F.T.S. Process coaching group, I shared in the “T: Train and Teach Others” module that I believe we should be life-long learners.

I love learning new things, love reading books, love attending telecalls and webinars, love gleaning from others. I always have a stack of books on the nightstand beside our bed to read, and am continually signing up for new training calls and webinars. What about you?

What area of your life needs improvement? Ask God and others to help you identify that area. Did you grow closer to God in 2012? If not, what is interfering with it- working too hard, fatigue, spending too much time on Facebook or Pinterest? Or is it your weight or a shopping addiction?

We usually know what we need to work on!  Dedicate time in 2013 to work on that weak area, but also to strengthen the areas we are strong, such as leadership, speaking, coaching, writing, parenting, homeschooling, etc.

These are a few ways we can prepare for the new year 2013. I believe it’s going to be a GREAT, exciting, prosperous, fruitful year.

Spend some time today and tomorrow preparing as best as you can – then watch God at work in and with you for the adventure!

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Me in front of mountain in Jasper
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