I apologize for the funky spacing on yesterday’s post. If you got frustrated and gave up reading, click here to view the corrected version. Thanks for grace, friends!
I have 2 primary joys as I coach Next Step clients. One is meeting new friends, getting to hear their heart-beat and reading/hearing their messages. The other is equally sweet, and it’s working with old friends over and over.
Today I’d like to introduce my client and friend Charlotte Angles. Charlotte was one of my first clients way back when. She has contracted for several services, and we’ve just finished working together again. Charlotte wanted a “second brain” and accountability as she developed a new retreat, so we customized a service for her.
When we were done, I asked her some questions, and I’d like to share the interview with you today!
1. Why did you first decide to sign up for coaching services with Next Step Speaker Services?
I attended She Speaks and received a ton of great information at the conference! However, it was so much that I wasn’t quite sure where to start or what to do next. I quickly became overwhelmed and felt instantly behind…on everything. Next Step Speaker Services is a great name for what you do because you helped me design the next steps I needed to take to make my ministry more accessible. You helped me organize all that great information into attainable goals.
2. What is the most valuable thing you’ve gained from working with a speaking coach?
A dear friend who understands the heart of teacher. You understand the burden I have to handle the Word of God with carefulness and accuracy—and how this can sometimes paralyze a me into watching a cursor blink for hours on end. Before spending time with you, I thought this experience might be an indication that I wasn’t really cut out for speaking ministry. You helped normalize these feelings and many other speaker anxieties I had thought were just exclusive to me.
3. You’ve signed up for multiple services, and I’ve loved getting to know you so well! What made you come back?
Every time I get off the phone with you, I think to myself. Ok, yes, I can do this. You help me think through ideas—especially when I may be stuck on a particular point in a message. Recently, I’ve discovered the invaluable benefit of having scheduled accountability sessions for message preparation. Knowing I had a weekly appointment with you made me set aside necessary time to study and write my messages. A week before my last speaking engagement I felt ready and relaxed. No last minute writing or cramming. It was wonderful!
4. I got a sad email from a woman who hired a different speaking coach and said, “It was a waste of money.” Hiring a coach isn’t the least expensive say to go; it’s true. Since you’ve bought several services, I’m assuming you feel Next Step has been worth the investment. What makes you feel that way?
I trust you to tell me the truth—but in a way that doesn’t require me to run for a tourniquet. ha ha! You have my back and will you be honest with me when something I’m doing or saying might distract from the heart of my message. At the very least, you help protect me from making a fool of myself! But more importantly, you help me develop messages that clearly point to Jesus.
5. What has been your favorite part of working together?
You are an encourager. We laugh together. I always feel like a better version of the woman God created me to be when I get off the phone with you.
Thank you, Charlotte! Even coaches need encouragement and affirmation, so this interview blessed me beyond measure.
If you’re interested in speaker coaching or just curious about how it works, we can schedule a free consultation call. Just read the information on the Request Information page and fill out the form. I’ll be back in touch quickly to schedule our time.
After last week’s rant, I thought I’d send you something uplifting today.
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!!
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!
Just a little reminder so you don’t miss out on our Spring Fling discount. It is only good through Tuesday at midnight.
Here are the details so you won’t have to search through your emails…
All services paid before the 1st will be 10% off with this discount code: SPRINGFLING10, or you can pay full price and receive an additional call FREE (a $115 value)*.
To get your discount, simply follow these steps:
1. Go to the Request Information page, and fill out the form. In the “Other Questions” box, please let me know what service you are registering for.
2. Go to the Menu of Services and pay for the service you’d like. The discount is applied to one service per customer only.
3. I will be in touch to schedule the first call of your service. (I’m spring breaking with my son, but I’ll return all emails on Thursday. We’ll schedule your start at your convenience, but we can begin as early as April 8th.)
The discounts will end at the end of the day on April 1st, so don’t miss out. I look forward to working with you!
It seems impossible Next Step Speaker Services was launched in my heart only four years ago this month. My friend Holly was traveling with me to an event, and she asked me how things were going with the Proverbs 31 team. I went on and on about the blessing our team is to me and how their experience was shared in every way.
When I needed help developing messages, I went to my new-member coach, Micca Campbell.
When struggled with my first biosheet, Renee Swope kindly helped me.
When honest feedback on my messages was needed, Karen Ehman’s challenge and encouragement was invaluable.
When I couldn’t see the flaws in my marketing materials, our executive director added her expert eye.
Everyone was further down the road than I was, and each one was generous when I was in need. I explained to Holly what a gift it is to be a part of a team. She followed with this life-changing question, “I wonder what women do when they are in ministry by themselves?”
I knew the answer…they’re lonely. I knew, because I lived it for several years before I joined the Proverbs 31 team.
In that moment, Next Step Speaker Services was born. My passion to join with women in ministry was planted with one question, but it has grown into a huge, thriving love for you over the past few years. It’s my heart’s desire that this Speaker Girl Community makes you feel understood and not alone.
To celebrate the birth of Next Step, you’ll be receiving an email today announcing our Spring Fling which starts today and runs through April 1st. I hope you’ll take the offers in your email as a gift from me to you. We’re sisters on this journey, and it’s my delight to link my arms with yours as we build God’s Kingdom together!
ps. If for some reason you don’t receive the email, please check your spam filter and then email me directly at email@example.com. I’ll be happy to reply with a copy. Also, feel free to share the discount code with friends. This is all about sharing and sisterhood!
Since it’s springy and sun-shiny outside, I’m in the mood for something light and fun! Here’s a little video I shot with one of my dearest friends, Holly, who has updates on spring trends and advice for what to wear for speakers.
*Subscribers, you can click on today’s title to go to the website and watch. Hope you will!
Click here to visit the updated Pinterest board with Speaker Fashions.
The last step is to launch your new website, and you should celebrate it like a birth. (It sure feels like one by now, right?!) After all the work you’ve done, you want to make sure people come visit your new cyber home. Here are some tips for making a splash with your launch.
- Plan your launch like an event. Make sure your technical team is ready, and set a date. Start to think about your website launch like a party.
- Make sure there’s new content on your new page. When people come to visit, they should have lots of new content to explore. Include content in different formats too: visual, blog posts, social media updates, video, etc.
- Do some teasers. Let people know when you’ll launch and give them a little glimpse into an exciting part of your new website.
- Create a party atmosphere. Be creative, and make your launch a party. Think about doing a giveaway a sharing party or something similar to celebrate and bring others in.
We’ve come to the end of our series on creating a new website for your ministry. I hope it has been helpful to you! I’m cheering for you if you’re launching soon, and I’d love to hear about it here!