5 Takeaways from Cheryl Wood’s Inaugural #speakercon2019

Being at #speakercon last weekend has been such a blessing. I was able to reconnect with those I support online and make some new connections as well. It all starts with serving.

Oh, but if you know me, you know I have some teaching points for you. I’m always learning and growing so I can teach. It’s kind of this thing I do. Lol Most days it’s harmless and then other days you need a life vest, parachute and shin guards. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Hey, there is a reason I am called a cliff pusher.

One of the best ways to influence action is by combining education, empowerment and community support. It’s the principle used to build schools and organizations everywhere. It has the potential to connect, divide or eliminate obstacles within its path. When one of these three things is missing you find yourself pushing a boulder up a steep hill alone. It can be done but it takes a much longer time.

Below are just a few of my personal takeaways from #speakercon2019 that made me ask the question “why not me?” 🤔

1. You must be both deliberate and flexible

Sounds a little crazy but hear me out. Set your intentions high because you deserve the best there is. You MUST believe that. Then, be flexible so a sudden shift does not break your stride, your confidence, and your focus.

2. Accept the compliment

Throughout the day yesterday women were complimenting everything from how I handled the LiveStream speakers and handled things not going 100% right to people meeting me for the first time and loving my personality. Take it all in…Queen that is YOU they are talking about! There are many who watch you in silence and take note! (As a LiveStreamer, this will be one of the many creepy things you come to grips with) They see you which means you are active and consistent. Keep going.

3. You MUST get in the room

Someone poured on the gasoline and now errthang is about to be lit. The nuggets, resources, and connections I am receiving this weekend are amazing. On top of that, I had the opportunity to be apart of an event that has surpassed expectations. Let me just say that Dr. George Fraser dropped some truth bombs that made me sit up straight and reevaluate some things.

4. Make the investment in you!

I am an ROI, seed and harvest believer through and through. I believe that your investments will ALWAYS bring a return but you may not like the return it brings. I remember attempting my hand at buying stocks. (Epic fail when I looked at how much I had invested over time compared to what I received) I never took the time looking into what I was investing in. That’s like throwing money in the wind and expecting it back with interest. Make sure you are investing wisely.

5. Conversations will ALWAYS be the catalyst #periodt

From making phone calls to making small talk, conversations matter. The model used to be that the more conversations you have the more opportunities you can receive. Like throwing spaghetti noodles at the wall… you see where I’m going with this? That 500 business card model worked in a time where uncle Google and auntie YouTube weren’t out here spilling all the tea. Now, it’s deliberate conversations that elevate you. People fear this because that means we have to do more work. When you go into the conversation you should know yourself, your topic and the person you’re talking to.

A quick tip: if you don’t know who they are, just ask them.

As a coach, I attempt to not just talk about these but I also try to consistently model them. As an introvert, I would much rather be reading a book with some tea. Lol The most important part is that I see value and impact as two main ingredients for success. Not million dollar success all the time either. Sometimes these tips will lead to happy marriage success or watching your daughter get congratulated by a team she just lost to type of success. The success that makes you smile at guinea pig squeals.

Relish it! Allow no one to steal that success from you!

With over ten years of writing, Altovise uses her platforms to create opportunities for women to have their voices heard. Founder of the World Voice League, she educates and empowers through courses, a weekly accountability call, blogging, books, and the #SpeakEasy Podcast.

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