I posted this at my mom blog but I am seeking other's to answer this question sooo i'm going to post the same thing here: Help a girl out will ya?
If you've read my blog lately or for any length of time you'll see I"m normally rather long-winded. I am a chatty Cathy as one might call it and I do love to talk. In just 8 days now I am going to She Speaks
in Charlotte, NC a speaker and writer's conference put on by Proverbs 31 Ministries
. I am super excited!
One of the things we have to do in preparation for the conference is to create a 3 minute speech to introduce ourselves, tell our story or testimony to the group we are in, if you signed up for a speaker's group that is. I, of course, did and I'm looking so forward to the feedback. I have been doing public speaking now for quite some time. I have been speaking in churches and at clubs and other organizations as a part of my ministry to girls, Beauty by Design Ministries
, since I founded it in January 2005. But I have NEVER, yes you read that right, NEVER, been to a speaker's conference, had any training, other than speech class in college and the school of hard knocks called life and teaching youth and children Sunday School and etc. This I often I prepared for more than once per week for 5 years, I taught Sunday School, Wednesday night Bible studies and more a part of my position as youth /children's minister. Needless to say, I am not one of those ladies who this is my first time, so I don't have the right to be trembling in my shoes.
In fact, I am not nervous, I am one of the few strange people in the world who does not have the fear of public speaking. This is even more odd because I was such a shy child! My fear does not lie in the arena of public speaking. In fact, I am just the opposite and energized by it. My adrenaline is flowing when I am up in front of others speaking, especially if it is an opportunity to speak about something I am passionate about. So, my dilemma is a little different. My dilemma is "How the heck do I introduce myself and tell my story or testimony in ONLY 3 minutes?" Can't they give a girl 5?
So, any tips or advice on "shortening" my speech? Any thoughts on what you'd want to hear about me if you were in a group of ladies who are meeting me for the first time?
I am excited though and look forward to some "constructive" criticism as I have NEVER been evaluated and know that this can only help me to grow!
Leave me your thoughts folks!