This blog post is for Cindy Bultima an amazingly talented writer and speaker friend who is hosting a blog hop. Cindy asked what were our take aways from the conference.
My personal take away from the Carol Kent's SpeakUp2017 Conference that I attended a few weeks ago was a reflection on my own personal growth in the two-year time frame since the very first conference I attended.
I took some time to really think about this blog post since so much happen during the three days at the conference that and I made so many new friends and enjoyed seeing some friends from the first time I attended back in 2015.
I was so scared the first time and quiet and shy my first time I went I did have a mini panic attack sharing my hard personal story of how I over came abuse and hardships. I learned I can not read and speak at the same time. I do a lot better with out my notes in front of me and just wing it and speak from my heart because who knows my personal story more than I do. I don't need notes. This time I wrote about the need for self-discipline and shared how my health journey was related to a 5k race. I had to share this story with a small group of fewer than 10 people and the people were not my scary factor it was seeing the number 2 pop up as the time ticked away and knowing I had one minute left and I froze was I going to get out all I needed to say in less than 3 minutes.
My first time I went I shared for 16 minutes as people kept wanting more from my story. I did do it in 3 minutes and I narrowed my aim a class I took the first time I went helped with that aspect. speaking of classes I took few different break out sessions including two the Cindy her self-was teaching. I took another about Bible journaling and another about telling your hard story it was in that class where I learned that I am on the track I need to be and I am ready to share my story. I also was in a social media crash course and an ever note class because I went to the wrong room by mistake and listen in on ever note then went into the social media one.
I suppose it wasn't bad for my second time attending. I have to speak louder when I speak to strangers I become a quiet mouse and struggle to get my voice out. This speakup conference is all about that speaking up on topics and issues that matter and touch peoples hearts minds and spirts. I also had over come to my personal fears of networking and sitting at a table eating lunch I had no clue how to talk to these amazing women but after a bit, I started to feel comfortable calm and relaxed meeting talented people who knew.
I reminded my self of where I used to work at a hair salon that catered to celebrities and I am sure I could handle some book writers but the book writers were more of a challenge because that is where I desperately want to be some day. I want to have my book sitting in a Barnes and Nobles. One day some day maybe I too might have the chance to meet with a literary agent who was also in attendance at the conference but I shy away from a few of them I have to do a lot more writing like from 4500 to 69000 or so words is what I found from one of the agents they want more meat to their books some want less but that's kind of thing I learned. I felt like I could never fit in with so much talent I know my short comings. This year it was different I got to see some friends I made the first time and we connected and chatted and asked so many of them about what they do and focused on each person very being concern about telling everyone about myself unless of course, they asked me. I took away new friends and a new direction that I need to take my writing.
I was going to list all of the amazing talented authors and speakers that I met but really that people I meet aren't a takeaway that more of a personal connections list I might make in a different blog post. This one is to share the break out sessions I learned. I am ending the post with pictures to share a bit more of the experience I had at the conference. Also here is a link to the speech I wrote that is less than 3 minutes when I shared it.
Pictures sometimes say more than words can! I wanted to share one last take away that I left with from the conference. I now have different direction to take my writing I have options I didn't have before and I am not going to be a island any longer I will reach out to others when I need encouragement and not allow myself to get blogger burn out like I had before attending the conference.
I want to know have you ever attended a conference before? I want to know what other types of conference other people attend as I am encourage to seek out other conferences and learn all I can. Let me know in the comments below and until next time my friends keep the faith and keep pressing on.
If you want more information on the Carol Ken'ts SpeakUp conference so you can attend next year or want to see what the conference was all about here is the link http://speakupconference.com/