Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Believe in Your Dream

After last week’s rant, I thought I’d send you something uplifting today. :)

dream quote (Source)

Has God called you to speak? Then invest your time in speaking. I know you can do it! I’m standing behind you cheering you on as you run toward the goals God has placed in your heart!!

Amy

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Breaking Up?

 

It takes a lot for me to stop liking a friend, but I’m really ticked off at someone in my life. In fact, this former friend is jumping up and down on my last nerve so much I’m thinking about breaking up.

Who is this terrible friend, you might ask?

FACEBOOK

Recently Facebook has changed its policies for public pages, and I’m wondering if it’s still worth it. For example, we have over 800 likes on Facebook, but a post I checked last night was only seen by 11 people.

I wondered how this is even possible, and here is a video I watched from Rob Eager’s Monday Morning Marketing Tip that explains. (Please take a few minutes…it was completing eye-opening and surprising information for me.)

Note: If you are a subscriber, click on the title to watch the video and read the remainder of the post.

You can also click here to see what Rob has to say. (While you’re there, sign up for his Monday email…so worth the time every week!)

If you have a private page, some of these problems aren’t as acute for you, but if you have a public page, it’s a huge problem unless you want to pay for your posts to be “boosted”.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Are you still in love with Facebook? Do you have a private page or a public page? Do you still think using Facebook to get your message out as a speaker or author is worth it?

Also, as some of you may or may not be aware, Facebook is only allowing about 10% of our audience to view our posts on their News Feed. That means about 90% of you may miss a new post from us on your News Feed unless you go directly to our page. To ensure you are receiving the latest updates with daily encouragement and links to fabulous resources:

  1. Head over to the Next Step Speaker Services Facebook page.
  2. Click on “Like” if you haven’t already. If you have, skip to the next step.
  3. Click on the arrow (or gear?) beside “Like”.
  4. Click on “Add to Interest Lists”
  5. Follow the directions through, and you will see your Interest List on the left side of your News Feed.

If you’d like more information on Interest Lists, here’s the scoop from Facebook.

What are Interest Lists?

Interest lists are an optional way to organize the content you’re interested in on Facebook. You can create your own interest lists based on the things you care about. For example, you could create a Top Favorite Apps list that features all the apps you play and like.

When you create list, you’ll see the best posts from that list in your main news feed. Your lists will also appear in the Interests section of your bookmarks. Simply click the list’s name to see all the recent posts and activity from the Pages featured in the list, without overwhelming your main news feed.

How do I create an Interest List?

  1. Go to your Interests page and click the Add Interests button.
  2. Click Create List.
  3. Search for the Pages you want to add to your list using the search box at the top of the screen, or use the categories on the left to browse.
  4. After you’ve selected all of the things you want to include on your list, click next.
  5. Pick a name for your list.
  6. Select a privacy setting (learn more). Choose Public if you want others to be able to subscribe to the list you’ve created.
  7. Click Done.

 

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

She Speaks Registration is Open!

I’m so excited to announce here that She Speaks registration is OPEN!! I’m praying lots of our Speaker Girl community will attend, because although I now lead breakouts as a member of the P31 team, I’m also the blessed recipient of seven years of She Speaks training. It’s literally one of the highlights of my year every year.

Please visit the website if you’re unfamiliar with the She Speaks conference. I think it will be love at first sight! The most powerful voices for She Speaks, though, are former attendees, so I asked my friend Amy Lively to share her thoughts:

One wintery morning, loyal dog at my feet and hot coffee in hand, I sat in my usual spot on my yellow loveseat with my Bible and journal and wrote, “I’d like to share what I’m learning with other people.” I filled that journal page with a dozen different ideas, topics and verses the Lord and I explored together… but I had no idea what to do with this list! Perhaps, I mused, I was just going to have a very holy dog. At the top of the page, I wrote a website address for a women’s ministry conference called “She Speaks.” Their website said it was for “women who shared a passion to step out with the messages God has placed on our hearts.” I assumed they would step out to people, not just pets, so I registered.

In the days before GPS, my printed Google Map directed me to the middle of a North Carolina cornfield. I was hurried and harried and having a bad hair day. But finally—after months of planning and hours of driving—I took my seat, took a deep breath, took a look around… and burst into tears. What was I doing here? I was alone. I was outclassed. I was underqualified. I was unworthy. It was a waste of money for me to come here. I was in way over my head!

But it was at that first conference that one of the speakers uttered three little words that made my heart race.

And as soon as I heard her say the words “neighborhood Bible study,” I knew what I was going to do with that list.

The second year I attended She Speaks, I had started my own neighborhood Bible. I called it the Rosewood Café because I lived on Rosewood Drive.

Year three, I wondered if I could teach other women how to do this, and The Neighborhood Café was born. I met Jennifer Rothschild, founder of WomensMinistry.net, and became a contributing writer for her website. Year four, I took my best friend (her ministry, Metamorphisis Wellness Coaching, was born on the way home in my car somewhere between Virginia and Ohio). Year five I was accompanied by three friends and greeted by dozens more. Year six was a two-fer: I attended the She Speaks Intensive (and won a guest post on Lysa TerKeurst’s blog!) in January and She Speaks in July.

Because of the training I received at She Speaks, I’ve been able to walk through the doors God has opened with confidence. I’ve done the speaking gig, the writing gig, the peer groups and publisher appointments. It’s all golden! Several of my closest friends are from She Speaks. The networking is priceless, but it’s organic and natural and gracious.  Many of the features on my website were learned at She Speaks. Speaking skills that were modeled and instructed enabled me to share this story on FamilyLife Today.

I’ve been to She Speaks seven times now. You could say I’m a slow learner. Or you could say I’m a wise woman who knows a good thing when I see it, experience it, and witness it being lived out in my faith, relationships and ministry more and more each year. Each year I question whether or not I should go again. And each year I simply cannot imagine missing the impartation and revelation God releases through the exceptional teachers and the Proverbs 31 staff.

~Amy Lively, Founder of The Neighborhood Cafe

Thank you for sharing, Amy!

Have any of you registered? Make sure to come by and see me at the Next Step table!

Do you have any questions about the conference? I’ll be ready to answer them right here in our comments section.

For those of you who are clients between July 2013-July 2014, I host a breakfast every year to make sure I get some face-time to thank you. You’ll be getting an email in June with the details.

I hope to see lots of you in person at She Speaks this year!

Amy

 

 

 

 

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