Let Your Words Be Heard
Michelle Marie Hernandez
August 21, 2016
Let Your Words Be Heard

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Would you like to share what you write with more people? You can through public speaking. Wherever you are in your writing journey, speaking can take you to a whole new level by expanding the audience for your messages.

Below are tips to help you build a speaking ministry, so your words can be heard as well as read.

Take advantage of opportunities to speak. Develop your own seminars and workshops and invite colleagues, family members, and friends to attend. Publicize your speaking engagements through social media and traditional media. Letting one person know you speak can open the door for you to speak to 100 or 1,000.

Invest in your speaking. Obtain the special training you need to speak professionally. Buy suitable clothing and necessary supplies. Launch a website and develop key marketing materials like a business card and one-sheet to help you present yourself as a speaker.

Prepare to speak. Start with prayer for you, your audience, and even the logistics of your speaking engagement. Outline a customized message that allows you to connect with your audience, as well as a handout that will help them remember your key points and references. Set up your location prior to the event.

Practice speaking. Rehearse in front of a mirror and/or with a test audience. Record yourself speaking, so you can hear and refine the content and delivery of your message until it is as clear, compelling, and concise as possible. The more you speak, the more you will speak well.

As author and speaker Marita Littauer says, “If it’s worth saying, it’s worth writing. If it’s worth writing, it’s worth saying.” You have a valuable message that needs to reach many people. Speak—and let your words be heard!