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5 Ways To Become A Vision Board Party Speaker

 
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The first time I spoke at a vision board party, I was the host. My palms were sweaty, I was stumbling over my words, and to be honest…. I was pretty scared. I didn’t practice as much as I should have. I was afraid that my story wouldn’t resonate with the people in my audience. I was fearful that I wouldn’t get the response I was hoping for.

I really wanted to change lives.

I had been through SO much, and had come SO far, from having absolutely nothing. I knew that if I could find a way to authentically share what I had been through with others, that they might just be inspired to work on accomplishing dreams of their own.

Becoming a vision board party speaker is easier than you think. You can always host your own vision board party. And YOU can choose to BE the speaker for the party. You have the opportunity to speak as much or as little as you want. There is no one telling you that you can't do it, no barriers in front of you….. except maybe yourself.

In this post, I am going to give you all the tools that you need to become a GREAT vision board party speaker.

HAVE A COMPELLING STORY TO TELL

Let's be honest, no one wants to hear a boring story. If you're going to tell your story….. make it an epic one!

In my story, I went from a college graduate with no job prospects, bills up to my eyeballs, suffering from depression, and honestly contemplating suicide. I was able to go back to school, get a Masters, land my dream job, triple my income, AND create a better life for myself and my daughter.

I now get to use my story to help others see that they too, can do ANYTHING that they put their minds to. I am sure that you have your own story of trial and triumph. As a speaker, it’s your job to deliver that story in a way that’s compelling enough to inspire and motivate others.

HAVE A MESSAGE TO SHARE

It's not enough to have a great story of trials and triumph.…you also need to have a takeaway that the audience can immediately apply to their vision boards AND to their life.

Having a story is NOT enough. You want your audience to walk away from listening to your story feeling like they have actionable steps to move forward and to make Real. Lasting. Change.

Say for example, you used networking to take yourself to the next level. Simply saying ‘I used networking’ is not enough to convince an audience to make a change. You want to share exactly how you did those amazing things. You want to give them step-by-step actions. If you aren’t going to give them the goods, your talk may not be worth their time, Be open. Be honest. Be vulnerable. Be very detailed about how you changed your life. Break it down so it’s easy to understand and easy to follow. If you can do that, then you’ll really be able to help your audience make long lasting changes in their lives.


TAILOR YOUR TALK TO YOUR AUDIENCE

Write down the audience that you’re speaking so that you can tailor your story to the recipient of that story. I’ll give you an example.

I have a great story about how my daughter and I worked together in order to get me accepted into grad school. I literally had my 6 year old reading me flash cards, and helping me get through definitions of big hard words in preparation for the GRE. I would give her quiet time so that I could study. And when I came home from school, super tired, she would read ME bedtime stories so she could still get her reading in and I could rest.

We were quite the team.

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However, if I’m speaking to a room of college students, that story might not really inspire them. It wouldn’t be relatable to them because the majority of them probably are not Moms, much less single Moms who are working, studying and parenting. They wouldn’t need that type of advice. They wouldn’t need motivation and influence through parenting. When you tell your story, make sure to tell THE story for the audience that you’re speaking to.

Being able to relate to the people that you’re speaking to will foster inspiration and motivation. Once you have both your story nailed down and your action plan set for the audience that you’re speaking to….. it’s time to practice.

PRACTICE

There are several things that I like to do to when I practice.

  1. I like to record my story on my phone and listen to it during walks. I listen to it during transit whenever I’m in a car, bus, train, or plane. It’s important to hear your story over and over again.

  2. Listen for the parts of the story that are SO powerful that you can't help but be engaged.

  3. Listen to the parts of the story where your mind starts to wander. Because I know that if there are parts of the story that aren’t enough to engage me as the person who is speaking, it’s definitely not going to be enough to keep my audience entertained.

  4. Finally, I tell my story over and over in the mirror so that I can practice the expressions that I want to convey during my story. I want to make sure that the experience is flawless and passionate for the person who is listening.

Practicing with yourself is great, but, to really know what works in front of an audience….you’ll have to actually get yourself in front of an audience.

SPEAK AT VISION BOARD PARTIES TO HONE YOUR CRAFT

It’s important to get yourself in front of an audience because it is the only way for you to see how people will receive your message. This is where you will see when they laugh, when they smile, when they get silent, and when the entire room is so engaged - that you could hear a pin drop.

So…. how do you get in front of an audience? How do you become a speaker at a vision board party? Here are a few good ways:

  1. You can reach out to coordinators of upcoming events and asked to be a speaker. This is pretty easy. Just do a search on Eventbright, Facebook, local newspapers or wherever else you can find local events and then send an email asking if you can speak.

  2. You can apply to be a speaker. Many events have applications that you can fill out to become an event speaker..

  3. You could host your own vision board party and make yourself the keynote speaker.

It’s very important to get in front of an audience. This can also be one of the BEST marketing tools if you want to continue speaking at vision board parties. If you do a good job, it’s likely that someone in that audience will remember your story. Their lives will be changed by crossing your path. And they’ll recommend you to others when future events come up.

A lot of the speaking engagements that I’ve gotten, are a result of speaking at a previous event. Someone who was at that event would call me up or email me and say ‘Hey, I saw that great talk that you gave and I’d love for you come and talk to my audience’.

So always make sure to put your BEST foot forward for Every. Singe. Talk. that you do, no matter how big or how small, because you never know what opportunities could follow.


Vision board parties are a great way to share your story. And it’s an amazing way to help others change their lives. By simply sharing your journey, they’ll be motivated to take action.

Share. Inspire. Change. Grow. Motivate.



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Chantl founded Thrive Lounge to give women the kick in the pants they need (lovingly, of course) to uncomplicate their goals, stop making excuses, get productive and start living the life they always wanted. Her Sold Out Vision Board Parties online course, helps success and mindfulness coaches host profitable, effective and transformative vision board parties.

How To Secure Excellent Speakers For Your Vision Board Party: Part II

 
 

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In How To Secure Excellent Speakers For Your Vision Board Party: Part 1, we spoke about the importance of mapping out your ideal event before you ever approach an event speaker.

Once you’ve gathered all your research, it’s time to make the leap and email one of the prospective speakers you listed.

Part two walks you through exactly how to write an email that will get noticed and responded to.

What Information To Include In Your Email

Who You are

Unless you’re a household brand like freakin’ Oprah, you’re going to have to let the potential speaker in on who you are. People want to work with people and brands they like. Give them the opportunity to decide whether they like your brand or not.

Note: It’s not about convincing them that you’re awesome. It’s about being authentic about who you are and seeing if they genuinely like you and your brand. That way, the working relationship starts off in an authentic way.

What Do You Want

Don’t mince words here. You’re definitely making a request so do it. Influencers are used to recieving requests to speak or participate in activities so being direct with your request makes it easier for them to make a decision.

The Event Details

You want to give them as much information as you have so they can check their schedule, the location and map out logistics in their head. This will give them a better idea of whether they can say “YES” or “NO” to the request.

Your Specific Ask

Do you want them to speak for 15 minutes or 1 hour? Will it be a deep dive or high level talk? Will it be workshop style or keynote talk?

Giving your potential speaker one sentence about your expectations of them reduces the number of conversations you need to have in the future. They won’t have as many questions for you because you were very clear in your original email.

What’s In It For Them?

OK, I’m not saying you have to say exactly how much money you have to offer in the first email, but you do have to let them know that you want to talk about terms. If you can provide them with a table to sell items, a promotional email to your list or then say so.

Influencers get a lot of emails with people making requests with no intention on giving anything in return. Don’t be one of those people. Show them that you value their time and effort.

Here’s a sample email that we sent to our speakers for VisionCon, our annual vision board conference:

 
 

Common Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make

Sending A Mass Email To Several Speakers.

You took time to plan out your event and audience in advance so you can choose the right speakers with the perfect message that will help change your attendees lives. This speaker is a perfect alignment with you audience (because you were careful and strategic in choosing them).

A mass email negates all of that work.An email going to several influencers can never communicate what’s special about that specific person and why they want to speak to your audience like a personal email does.

Not Showing that You’ve Done Your Homework.

This email is the first impression a speaker will have with your brand. You want to show them from your very first sentence that you mean business.

Make sure each email is personalized with the person’s name and company. Let them know why the impact they’ve made through their work is exactly the message your audience needs to receive and why speaking to your audience will benefit them in the long run.

Get straight to the point.

Mention the Who, What, When, Where, and How - and do it fast.

Influencers don’t have a ton of time to figure out what you have going on. They want to get the information, make a decision and go on with their life. Your only job with this email is to make that decision an easy one to make. You do that by giving them all the information they need quickly and concisely.

Getting speakers for a vision board party can seem like a lot of work. If done right, you can create an experience that your audience will remember for the rest of their life. I think that’s well worth the effort.

xoxo

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Chantl founded Thrive Lounge to give women the kick in the pants they need (lovingly, of course) to uncomplicate their goals, stop making excuses, get productive and start living the life they always wanted. Her Sold Out Vision Board Parties online course, helps success and mindfulness coaches host profitable, effective and transformative vision board parties.