I don’t know about you, but even though I’m an extrovert, I have a hard time entering a room full of strangers and unknown circumstances without discomfort. In a job that I held that required attendance at local Chamber of Commerce meetings, that was especially true. There was something about the unknown that gave me pause.
Today I want to do a little dispelling of the unknown about Next Step Speaker Services. Since Message Development has been our most popular service so far, here’s a little peak at what using this service would feel like and what you’d receive.
Introductory call: After receiving “Request Information” forms, I give a personal call just to see if I can answer questions about the service. It’s informal and free. I love to hear about the unique calling that each woman has and how God is beginning to open doors for ministry. In this call we decide together whether NSSS is a good fit for your needs. If not, I’ve got some other great referrals!
First Call: I do some teaching about finding your niche and creating a tagline for your ministry. We also talk through the contract for the service to make sure you’re comfortable and understand how the service works. For each call, I give a homework assignment. That might sound horrible, but the most consistent feedback that I’ve gotten so far is that accountability is the most valuable part of working with NSSS. (Maybe some day someone will say it’s my fabulous and dynamic teaching. Sigh. LOL) Creating your personal tagline is the homework.
Second Call: We work together on your tagline and polish it up. Next, I share my message development process that I’ve learned from other great speakers on our team and some reading I’ve done. I also talk through an amazing Bible study tool that I’ve learned and assign Bible study as the research phase and homework.
Third Call: After discussing any questions about homework, I go over the message outline taught in Communicating for a Change. I also share a concept from Made to Stick that ties into the outline. Homework is to create the first part of your message.
Fourth Call: I teach another concept from Made to Stick and we brainstorm the other parts of your message. The homework is to finish creating a message outline.
Fifth Call: I give you written and oral feedback on the written version of your message. This is the piece that lots of people worry about! You should know that one of my spiritual gifts is encouragement. You’ll get lots of that along with gentle suggestions to make your message even better.
I’m laughing as I write this, because now I think all of you will just do it on your own! If you want to, then I am your biggest cheerleader–go, girl, go!! My heart’s desire is to see women grow in confidence and effectiveness in their speaking ministry. If you’d like to have a partner in that who will encourage you, share what she’s learned and hold you to some deadlines, then I’d love to work with you. Fill out the form on the “Request Information” tab, and let’s talk!