You may add public speaking to my resume if you like. It’s something I’ve been feeling led to do for awhile now. My most recent speaking engagement was for a small group of local business women. They had a pretty neat little event, so much so I asked if they minded if I shared a bit about my day on my blog. They consented and even provided the pictures I’m sharing with you.
These ladies are all entrepreneurs. Their businesses are diverse and as interesting as each individual lady. Some are raising cattle and live off the land, others have Etsy stores they fill with handmade chew toys for babies or baby blankets. Some of them are photographers and another owns a magazine company. Their goal is the same, to help each other network and grow.
The venue was exquisite and the perfect place for such a gathering. When I arrived the first thing I noticed was their beautiful tablescapes covering the table. (You will be able to see what I’m talking about in the pictures as you scroll down the page.)
We settled down to getting started with their itinerary. They had asked me to provide 15 minute coaching to 4 individuals and since this is part of what I do it was a real blessing to sit down with a few of the ladies and dig deeper into their individual businesses. It inspires me to know other ladies are diligently pressing forward with what lies deep within them.
When it was my turn to give my speech I went up to the teacher’s desk and presented to them a bit of my story and I thought I would add some of my speaker notes with you. I have noticed that my posts on business get a lot of activity so I know there is interest in the subject.
I will always give Christ the glory for where my business has been and where it is going. If it were not for Him I would not have the successful business I have today. One of the biggest challenges to overcome is building bigger character in oneself. It is my experience that when I am growing in character, my business is also growing. Part of that process has been to let go of what others are thinking about me and find my approval in Christ alone. Once I got to that point of not caring what others thought about me something sparked inside of me and I started to flourish.
Creating a brand.
- Have a logo you are proud of. If you don’t have much money to spend your start up, then spend it on your logo.
- Know who your customers are. Age - Gender - Demographic
- Stay true to your brand and who you are.
- Depending on your situation; get a coach, mentor or counseling.
- Surround yourself with emotionally healthy people.
- Have friends that talk about dreams and goals, not people.
- Set healthy boundaries.
You have to make money.
- Finding financial freedom for your business is important. If you aren’t making money your business is not on a healthy path.
- Have systems in place to know your data.
- Research your resources.
- Know your margins.
- Network with others.
- Don’t be married to ideas that don’t work.
- Set goals.
- Celebrate your achievements.
- Reflect on how you grew.
- Be humble and grateful.
More Faith Than Fear
I base every decision I do for my business on this slogan. I always ask myself, “am I doing this out of faith or am I doing it out of fear. Having something to come back to and get grounded is important. It helps one not to get distracted and off track.
- Truly believing in God and what his promises are.
- Reflect on how the Lord has provided for you personally and your business. Reflecting is often an encouraging step many miss because they get too caught up in the stresses of the day and don’t take the time to be encouraged and filled up with God’s goodness.
- What the enemy intended for us to fail, Jesus intended us to prosper. Never pray - speaking doubt into your prayer but rather pray in faith and trust.
- Stop feeling sorry for yourself.
- Be intentional on what inspires you.
- Have joy in your sorrow/difficult thing you are experiencing. Have people praying for you to help you get out of the valley.
Goals are important for business and personal life.
- Dream it
- Speak it
- Plan it
- Do it
- Say it out loud three times.
Live Pinterest Board
To top off our time together we sat down and dined on all the delectable eats provided by various businesses. I felt like I was sitting on a Pinterest board. The whole set up, the food, the atmosphere and the beautiful women all around me it was so inspiring to be there.
Event Hosted & Stylized
Abiart Creative Company http://www.abiartcreative.com @abiartcreative
Kendra Dawn Photography http://www.kendradawnphoto.com @itskendradawn
Farmhouse Frocks https://www.farmhousefrocks.com @farmhousefrocks
Rebecca's Bistro http://rebeccasbistro.com @rebeccasbistro
Jani Hershberger photography http://www.janihershberger.com @janihershbergerphotogarphy
Jessica Sparling @jmercyv
Root Design Company https://www.facebook.com/Root-Design-Co rootdesigncompany
The Red Mug Coffee Company https://www.facebook.com/theredmugcoffeeco @theredmugcoffeeco
Grace Troyer Photography @graceafull
Pastries provided by
Der Bake Oven http://www.derbakeoven.com @derbakeovencafe
Foxy Chews https://www.facebook.com/Foxy-Chews @foxychews
Sheri Kate Designs https://www.facebook.com/SheriKateDesigns @sherikatedesigns
Group Discussion Leaders
Jolene Miller + Erin Beachy http://creativewhs.com
Winesburg Historical Society https://www.facebook.com/WinesburgHistoricalSociety