3 Things to Consider Before You Pick Speakers For Your Next Event

Have you considered hosting your own event this year or next? Maybe you want to cultivate an incredible conference, intimate retreat, a one day workshop, or even an online summit. Regardless of the format, you are probably so excited about all the bells, whistles, and pretty touches you've been dreaming up.

Helloooo, beautiful conference details, delicious meals, and mind-blowing swag bags.

Maybe your virtual summit already has a marketing plan in place and you know exactly how you're going to launch this sucker. But there's one thing that's holding you back from pushing play, hitting publish, or sending that email out.

You're not sure how to get the best-fit speakers for your event.

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Are You Ready To Speak?

You’re thinking about becoming a speaker and stepping into an educator role in your industry but you're not sure if you're ready. How do we know if we're ready to be a speaker? What makes us qualified to speak?

Spoiler alert: It's not a certain number of social media followers or a specific income level.

Watch this week’s video to find out if you’re ready to speak

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When Should You Start Speaking?

You attend creative conferences, stare up at that stage, and can’t wait until your moment on it. And you’ve been in business awhile and absolutely know your stuff.

But are you ready for the spotlight?

Is your business “ready enough” to take the stage?

I got a question around this recently, and it brought up something very specific that I found interesting. So interesting, even, that I just had to give it the #JustAskJess treatment!

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Why Your Speaker Pitch Isn't Working (Part 2)

You spent hours toiling away at your pitch to speak at your favorite conference.

You brainstormed a ton of topics, had your mastermind help you pick the best one, and your biz bestie looked over your pitch before you sent it in.

It was amazing! Your positioning is on-point, it’s so professional-sounding, and you look like an incredible expert in your industry.

You’re so excited that, thanks to this brilliant pitch, this will be the year you get chosen to speak at your favorite event.

But your hourly inbox checks (okay, make that twice an hour…) keep turning up crickets, and then...it happens.

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What Do You Do When You're Asked To Speak On A Topic Outside Of Your Wheelhouse?

Congratulations!

You’ve just been selected to speak at your favorite creative conference, and you could not be more excited! You’ve attended this event and been so inspired by the different women sharing their stories.

To be one of those women helping others?

You’ve been dreaming about this for years!

But what do you do when the organizer gives you a topic that’s NOT in your zone of genius? Even if you’re no stranger to the subject, it’s definitely not what you would have chosen for yourself.

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Unpaid does not Equate to “Not Valuable”

You’re not going to perfect your craft if you don’t have a chance to practice it. Get on that stage and serve your people. Do you need to break the bank building your credibility? No. But should you turn down valuable opportunities because they’re unpaid? Absolutely not.

Weigh your options, do the math and seek out opportunities that are mutually beneficial.

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6 Ways to Make Your Story Part of Your Website Design

It may sound strange coming from a website designer, but the most important part of your website isn’t actually the design – it’s the words you’re sharing. Don’t get me wrong, a well-designed website is important and attracts more people to your work, but without the words to back it up, pretty images and a great layout won’t help you reach anyone.

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Why You Need a YouTube Channel as a Speaker

If you are thinking about adding speaking to your business you probably aren’t thinking about a YouTube channel, right?  What good would a YouTube channel do for you if you want to start booking those speaking gigs?  Why should you add another platform?

Let me tell you, you are missing out on a huge opportunity on YouTube.  And YouTube should probably be the main platform you are focusing on!

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Three Steps to a Compelling Home Page: Just Add Story

Storytelling is an art, and the art of storytelling for your brand happens on many platforms and avenues.

There are the mini-stories you share in your social media feeds and captions, photographs, blog posts, and even ads and email campaigns. For all of you fellow bootstrapping ‘preneurs out there, you know what I’m talking about. We do our best to weave our little stories into our online presence so we can hopefully make an impact on those who read our content.

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Simple Routines and Boundaries for a More Productive Day

Distractions, interruptions, notifications, and a lack of planning all tug at our time and make us feel less productive than we know we are capable of. If you’re like me, you sit at your desk most of the day and are sometimes left wondering why you didn’t get more done. I feel you, girlfriend! That’s why, today, we are talking about a few tips and tricks that can help you with focus, productivity and feeling more in control of your day.
 

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WHAT YOU NEED TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL SIGNATURE PRESENTATION

My face turns tomato red (challenging for a Filipina), and the words filling my mind disappear into an abyss. Speaking in front of a crowd is always intimidating no matter if it is in front of an audience of 10 or 100. I am still overcoming this fear, but when I do, it will be because i’ve prepared, researched and practiced… and hired Jessica as my speaking mentor.  But what’s next?

With a beautifully designed signature presentation, just like when you wear your favorite shade of lipstick, you will feel poised, confident and ready to take on the world.

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