I was always a shy kid growing up. The kind of kid who hung on his mom’s leg. My mom’s friends still remind me of this 30 years later. Even though I was shy, I wasn’t completely backward. I did play a lot of sports and played most of them pretty well. But still, I never liked the spotlight.
When I was 18, something happened that changed some of that. I went on a high school retreat and at the end—when given an opportunity to address the crowd—I walked up and starting speaking. Wow. Where did that come from? With enough courage, anyone could probably do that once, but the encouragement I received that day kept me moving forward.
As my confidence grew, the next thing you know I was comfortable giving group presentations in college and even started a career in sales. After a move from one financial services company to another, I found myself speaking to employee orientations, enrollment meetings, and other training events on a weekly basis. I loved it. I followed the work of great motivational speakers like Mark Victor Hanson, Peter J Daniels (he’s a businessman who happens to speak) and Doug Wead. I thought this is something I would love to do.
When I started my business over three years ago, I left a lot of the speaking opportunities behind. Then last year, opportunities started to pop up again. First I did a workshop for a customer, Lowe Chiropractic, on digital productivity. Then I did a series of workshops for Oldham County Chamber of Commerce focused on social media and inbound marketing. This year I just finished speaking at the Staging Experts of Louisville’s monthly meeting at Cort Furniture. I have some more workshops lined up for Oldham County this spring, and we’re open to more engagements.
If you’re interested in having me speak to your group on inbound marketing, social media, digital productivity, or related topics— then contact us and tell us what you’re thinking. If the group is large enough, I’m still at the free level. Of course stipends or gift cards have been nice parting gifts 🙂 Referrals from others. Whatever the case, let’s connect if your group wants to get a jump start on digital (inbound) marketing.