Yes, I put off speaking virtually for the longest time because surely “everything will get back to normal soon.” That was my mindset a year and a half ago. After speaking with so many friends in the speaking industry, they encouraged me to start speaking virtually. My web-site designer, Thomas Joel, from Iamteejay.com, also encouraged me to get with the program, as many of his clients were speaking virtually. I went through training and certification through espeakers.com and received both badges (Certified Virtual Presenter and Certified Virtual Host). Caelan Huntress did an excellent job facilitating this training. I want to thank everyone who encouraged me to start speaking virtually and to everyone who taught me all the ins and outs of virtual speaking.
I love what John Maxwell says, “You’re never good the first time.” When I look back at the first time I spoke virtually, the group had their laptop turned around and so I spoke to a wall unit air conditioner the whole time. Fortunately, I learned from that training session what to do and what not to do. If you’re a speaker and want to be on the top virtual speakers list, then you have to start somewhere. Zig Ziglar said, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” What a great lesson for all of us for any area of our lives.
I’ve had the pleasure of speaking virtually for educators, financial employees, and different associations, and look forward to speaking for you, in-person or live.