Congrats to the winner of the St. Pat’s Day giveaway. She is: Polly; time stamp 6:42 p.m. on March 13th. Send your home address to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh…..I am soooooooo excited for one of you reading this just now!!!!
I love speaking.
And I LOVE giving things away.
Today, I get to combine those twin loves and offer one of you a scholarship to attend the absolute BEST conference for women who feel called to speak and who want to not only better their skills but make some important connections in ministry.
Okay, so I may be a tad bit biased since I am the director of the national speaking team at this fabulous ministry called Proverbs 31, but let me give you some background.
Ever since I was a blond-haired little tomboy with a pretty party dress on, I heard one consistent comment about me from adults—from my parents; my uncle; my grandma; my teachers and the neighborhood moms: “Man….can that girl talk” and “Does she ever stop yakkin’?”
Now at times my word-slinging has gotten me into trouble. It was usually the “needs improvement” box checked on my progress reports. You know, the whole “pays attention in class” category. Apparently my teachers wanted less chatter and more quiet from me.
But it has also helped me in life. Won me speech scholarships in high school, landed me the part in the play and even snagged me the foxy guy. (Yes…we said ‘foxy’ in the 80’s!)
Yep, my hubby says it was one of the first aspects he noticed of my personality. He loved the way I could work a room and talk to complete strangers making them feel welcome.
Then, about 3 days into our honeymoon he had this thought: “Is she ever gonna shut up?”
In fact, Todd’s decided, if I go before him, what he is putting on my tombstone.
“She’s finally done talkin'”!!!!
But buried deep within all this chit-chat was a dream. Ever since giving my life to Jesus in late high school I envisioned myself speaking.
Helping, inspiring and showing others something that would be of worth.
After over a decade of doing just that, I found the She Speaks conference.
It changed my life!
Not only did I have access to much of the information about speaking and writing that I had been seeking and discovering on my own for over 10 years all in one place on one weekend, but God showed up big at this conference.
He dealt with some issues in my heart that desperately needed His attention.
Well, how about you?
Do you have a dream to be a speaker?
Have you already launched out and begun the journey?
Or are you still waiting in the wings, unsure and hesitant?
I am offering an opportunity to win a Cecil Murphy Scholarship to She Speaks. Our president Lysa TerKeurst gave away two last week.
This week we at Proverbs 31 are giving away four more!!!
So, if you are a speaker or wanna-be speaker, enter here but also hop around and look here (at our Director of Writer’s site) and here (at our Executive Director’s site) and here (at our Women’s Ministry track director’s site) where women with various ministry dreams will have more shots at another one of these generous ministry scholarship gifts.
And tell your friends who want to either speak, write or lead about these opportunities too! And of course we’d absolutely love it if you Tweeted, Facebooked or blogged about the conference too! Seriously would love it!
Now, if you haven’t heard of Cecil Murphy’s amazing newsletter for writers, you’ll want to click here to subscribe for free! I had face-to-face time with this wise writing legend and man of faith last year at She Speaks to discuss my writing career and learn from his insight.
What an absolute delight!
I’ll get to the specifics about the contest at the end of this post.
First, let me tell you a little more about She Speaks and why you, as a speaker, should consider attending this year.
Whether you are ready to take the main stage and start speaking at conferences and retreats or whether you want to learn how to more effectively teach a ladies’ Bible Study — this track is for you. After attending this conference you will be equipped to:
- Know how to develop a great message from start to finish.
- Understand what keeps an audience engaged and how to make your message memorable.
- Deliver your message in such a way that not only inspires your audience but motivates them to make life changes.
- Increase your number of booked speaking engagements by using proven marketing strategies.
The winner of this contest will be awarded a scholarship for the cost of one person’s registration for the 2011 She Speaks conference being held in Concord, NC (Charlotte airport) on July 22-24th.
~The value of this scholarship is $595!!!!! which includes your conference materials, conference registration, 2 nights at the conference hotel and meals associated with the conference. Please note it does not include any travel expenses. Also, you will be assigned a room mate or you have the option to pay the extra charge for a private room.
This scholarship is non-transferable and can not be traded for cash.
- All comments must be posted no later than midnight (EST) on Thursday, March 17th (Saint Patrick’s Day!) to be considered.
- The winner will be announced here on Monday, March 21st.
Now, those of you who know me from this blog know that for most of my giveaways I say, “If time is tight, just leave a comment saying ‘I’m in!'”
This is not one of those days!
I want to know this about you:
~ Your speaking dream–when it began; where it is now.
~What it is you feel God calling you to speak on: marriage? mothering? pushing past your awful past? issues for teens? surviving cancer? surviving an unwanted divorce? hospitality? true beauty? organization? What has He laid on your heart and why?
~Finally—and now this will be a stretch for some of you—why should I choose you to win this scholarship? Why do you want to attend? What do you want to learn? How do you hope it will assist you in your quest to serve God through speaking?
Okay ladies….leave your comments. I can’t wait to read all of your stories.
And I can’t wait to meet the winner in person at She Speaks!!! I’ll save a spot for you at one of the meals so we can chat it up together.
Although if you like to talk as much as I do, we may not come up for air and miss our next session!
Now remember, there are more scholarship giveaways so if you are a women’s ministry leader visit my friend Renee.
A writer? Visit my friend Glynnis.
And an event planner? Visit my friend LeAnn.
Speaking Truth to You Blessings,