Hey there my friends, Steve Gamlin here with the latest Motivational Firewood
video. Earlier today I had the great fortune of mentoring a good friend of
mine who is extremely successful in her field, and is looking to transition and
take her experiences into the speaking world. And she's got some incredible
stories, her life lessons. She goes about it the right way. What we worked on today
was the timing, the framework, the storytelling, the pauses, which are so
important when you're a speaker, because so many people will try to memorize
their entire script. And that works for anybody in any profession. Salespeople.
Sometimes they're taught these tips and tricks and all this and that and they sit
there and they just rattle off the words. You know what? Be who you are.
Be authentic. It's really important to know the triggers and know what works.
But please don't be one of those people that walks through life memorizing every
little thing and trying to get every little thing so perfect that you forget
to bring yourself into the equation. After all, some speaking events I've
gotten over the years, and some I've lost, were because either I stepped up and I
shared my authentic self or somebody else did it even better. Because really
we all talk about the same thing especially with regard to the
motivational world, like myself. We talk about improving lives and lessons we've
learned. Now some speakers get out there and they steal other people's material
and tell their story so they read it in Reader's Digest and say "Hey, I'll just
say that was me!" No... What I love about coaching my friend is she comes from a
very authentic place. And as I said, she is tremendously successful and I know
she's going to do well and I am beyond honored that I got to be a part of her
journey. So my question to you is: who are you mentoring these days? Who are you
sharing your expertise and experience with? Who's maybe coming up the ladder in
your field or in your niche that you can reach out and at least share some words
of wisdom or even just some words of encouragement? It goes a long way
and I've got a good number of people that I have said "thank you" to along my
way as a professional speaker. I'm 11 years in, in an industry that takes 20
years to become an overnight success. So I'm just over halfway there, looking forward
to the next 9 years to call myself the 'overnight' success. You can be one too.