I was a mother and wife on the run--
A failed entrepreneur, the clichéd stay-at-home-drive-the-kids-to-soccer mom, who took her three kids, AND LEFT.
I became a road warrior, and I gave voice back to the adventurer inside of me.
I’m not sure when it happened—when I went from hearing (and believing), “You can do this! Great job! You can do anything! Try new things!”
“But maybe that’s too hard.”
“Why do you want to do that??”
“Can’t you just get a regular job?”
So what’s worse?
Having others tell you crappy stories (and believing them)?
Telling those crappy stories to yourself (and becoming them)?
That inner, crappy voice was silenced the day I decided to leave town. And my adventurer voice sat shotgun and said,
TAKE THEM, SHOW THEM THE WORLD.
So I did.
And with every passing town, with every breakdown followed by repairs, with every bend in the road,
My voice got stronger and stronger.
To the point where it got downright bossy when we got back home and said,
GO SPEAK, SHARE YOUR VOICE.
So I did.
And I took that show on the road and learned that:
Speaking is scary.
Speaking is being vulnerable
And speaking to no one, sucks.
Like life on the road, you might get to where you’re going, one way or another, but having a map increases your odds dramatically.
That’s what I can do for you, as someone looking for a stage, I can give you a map on how to find them.
You stand on that stage, one after the another, each one feeling like (maybe) a fight to the death. Because only the brave, the courageous like you, enter that kind of arena. It ain’t for amateurs, and that’s why you’re here.
I learned that day I pack up my kids and left that I had been silencing my own voice, because I mistakenly believed in those crappy stories.
Tell yourself a new story, pick a new route, and then tell people about it. Lots of people.
What good is your voice if no one can hear you?
No one has the right to silence your voice. Not even you. Especially not you.
Get heard. Share your voice. Speak up now.
When I first started as a speaker, it took enormous amounts of time and effort to learn how to get speaking opportunities, but it paid off. I spoke nationally and internationally, landed my first keynote, appeared on San Diego's TODAY show and other local TV programs, and was featured on the front page of the travel section of America's seventh largest newspaper as well as in PARENTS magazine and on KPBS radio.
My successes were the direct result of taking consistent actionable steps and following through like a freight train.
My subject was a life changing three-month road trip I took my children on when they were 5, 9 and 11 years old (more at theroadscholarz.com). I was — and remain — deeply passionate about this experience and yet eventually I realized that I am far better suited running the show behind the curtain rather than standing in front of it. I started producing other speakers, helping them identify and land speaking gigs. And now, for you, all those hours, my painful learning curve, valuable lessons learned and knowledge gained, has been boiled down into a system that will help you book more speaking gigs. Whether you're an emerging speaker just starting out or a more seasoned veteran who wants to get more traction, my system will help you share your message with a wider audience.
Some of my clients have shared their gnawing fear with me: What if my message dies with me? What if I don't ever get it out to the world? If you're like them, you'll want to get your message out there in a BIG way. Having a step-by-step roadmap to the speaking world makes all the difference. Stop fretting about where to start and how much time it will take—it's all covered in my 32-page workbook How to Get More Speaking Gigs.
Finally, a system that gets you, The Talent, out on stage.
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Just when I thought my TEDx talk was going to be a total bust, Gretchen understood the message I was trying to get out there and helped me hone my talk in a way that was still uniquely me! She saw what I was capable of before I could!
Alex Ellison, TedX Speaker, UNR, 2016