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?

Chatty CathyIf 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!

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Comment by Debi B on June 17, 2008 at 12:07am
First off, how exciting that you will be doing this.
Second, I join you in the ranks of people who enjoy public speaking, esp. when it is about something passionate.
So, then, how to cut short when you are talking about your passion? Hmm, that's hard to do. I tend to be very long winded. (even in my writing. LOL)
I would say you need to maybe tell why you go into what you are doing.
Then, tell about your work.
Then, maybe tell what you hope to acheive.
Obviously, much easier said than done, esp. when it's written out like i just did.
Good luck and I look forward to hearing how it works out for you.

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