Today, I want to share with you the power of wishes, hope and action.
In the beginning of this year, one of my wishes was to get more speaking engagements. I wanted to hold my own physical events and also be invited on various platforms to speak. I put a picture up on my vision board documenting that goal.
That was my wish, but did I fold my hands waiting for the wishes to come true? No, I took action.
The first thing I did was to invite an influencer in my field over to my city. The influencer posted about the meeting and it drew crowd. Those who didn’t know about me got to know about me through that particular training. That was a strategy.
The second thing I did was to keep feeding my following. I kept sharing and sharing, and sharing, most times, for free without expecting any remuneration. That was intentional.
Did I get those speaking engagements? No, but I was creating a ripple effect. People were noticing.
This December alone, I spoke at two different places, and I have started booking engagements for next year.
I had this to say about the first speaking engagement:
I went, I saw and I conquered
So, I have not shared about my speaking event at The Literary Festival because I’ve been swamped with work, and I also lost most of the pictures I took (story for another day).
However, now I have a little breather, so, let’s gist.
I was invited to speak as one of the panelists on a particular topic. I got to the venue, took some pre-talk pictures, was introduced and I did my thing. The panel was fun and I was thrilled by the opportunity to share my knowledge on starting out as a writer and dealing with some of the challenges we face as creatives.
After the talk, we took more pictures, connected with some new prospects, and I took my leave.
Later that night, I received a call from the convener. I assumed she wanted to appreciate me for coming, but alas, she was inviting me to come and speak again the next day on Self-Publishing. This was not part of the plan, but apparently, I made such an impression, they needed to learn more from me.
On Saturday, I passionately shared my journey to Self-Publishing. I got a lot more prospects and was able to share about my book, The Smart Writer’s Handbook.
Saturday was not the main gig, but it turned out to be the best time ever. I was called back because of how eloquent I was in sharing.
You see, you need to be so good you cannot be ignored.
My first speaking engagement was a hit back to back. I met some amazing people and expanded my network while doing what I love doing.
If you read through, you might have learned one or two things from that post.
Dear, it is not enough to hope and pray, you must take action and make sure everything you are doing is taking you one step closer to your goals.
Be so good you cannot be ignored.
P.S: before the end of the year, I am going to keep sharing about my resolutions for this year and how far I came in achieving them. Stay alert for my blog posts.