For years I spoke pro bono, refusing to receive $$, because the simple thought of sharing my story and getting paid made me feel as though I was exploiting it. It took me a number of years and a handful of mentors to help me realize that my story has VALUE and that to accept compensation gave me the rare OPPORTUNITY (not right) to have a far greater reach. Now, not only do I get paid to do work that I’m incredibly proud of, but I also have the ability to continually invest further in my speaking career.
Speaking into people’s lives...it’s a privilege and not one I take lightly. Unfortunately, the more I’ve ventured into the world of professional speaking, the more I’ve realized that there are countless speakers out there who are merely speaking to be heard & seen, rather than to see & hear. Countless speakers who measure their worth by the # of gigs they get, the amount of followers (not relationships) they have, and the amount of $$ in their bank accounts.
It breaks my heart that audiences act surprised when I stay after events to offer love, support and guidance to anyone who needs it. Surprised that instead of collecting my paycheck and darting for the door, I make it a priority to take the time to personally pour into them. And surprised that I provide my personal phone number at each event and offer calls to anyone who just needs a listening ear.
It Breaks My Heart. That as a society we’ve gotten to a place where we prioritize our “hustle” for
- o v e r -
empathy and connection.
As speakers, we’re supposed to be helping others to shine light in their darkness, not selfishly and greedily stealing the light for ourselves.
If you have a story to share with the world, one that encourages and empowers others to find light, and you’re ready to invest in the VALUE of your story, then send me a DM or comment below and I can help you take that step. As a speaking coach for the #micdropworkshop
, I’m offering free coaching sessions (normal value of $250) for anyone who signs up for our upcoming course by this Sunday. Check the link in my bio for more info. Can’t wait to walk this journey with you!