Friday, August 28, 2015

It’s A Big Risk to Book a Speaker

Personally, I’ve never booked a speaker before.  I have however been booked as a speaker.  When the person who books a speaker puts their own reputation on the line by trusting that a speaker will be good for their audience, they’re taking a big risk.  I just thought about that for the first time given that I’ve had opportunities to speak to several groups, two weeks in a row.

Yesterday I participated in my first webinar where I was a speaker rather than standing on a stage as I did last week.  I spoke for ASIS International and it worked out well even though I was stepping in for someone who had to cancel just a few days before the scheduled event and I had very little time to prepare.

Yesterday, right after the event, I received this from the person who asked me to speak.

“You were so awesome!! There was lots of great feedback on your remarks…Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!”

This message just came to me today from the ASIS International group.  What a great way to end a week on a Friday and my work for the day is far from over.

“Thanks again, Jeff, you were great! I’ve received nothing but positive feedback.”
I’m sharing this because one of my personal coaches once encouraged me to celebrate small victories.  I’ve always had the tendency to wait for the “Super Bowl” sized moments in life to celebrate.  For the past few years I’ve been learning to celebrate more often.

For example, last night, my hockey team won our game with the score of 1-0.  The week before, we won by 2 points.  In the past, I would have waited to celebrate after we beat every team and stayed undefeated for the entire session.  Last night, I allowed myself to appreciate the 1-0 win.  Celebrating wins more often is adding more positivity to my life.  My coach was right about my need to celebrate more often.

So that you don’t have to interpret here, I’m looking for future public speaking opportunities.  I discovered a few years ago that I enjoy speaking.  Speaking has given me opportunities to meet many smart, interesting and exciting people I would not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet.

I want to meet more people! 

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