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Let’s Go to She Speaks! June is for Deadlines!

June is a busy month for your She Speaks prep! One sheets, business cards, selecting publishers .... Lots to do!

This post was originally published in 2016.
It has been updated with links and information related to She Speaks 2017. 

Ack!!!  It’s June already!!  Can you believe it? Just a few short weeks until we are all together in Charlotte for She Speak 2017!

Thanks so much to all of you who shared your She Speaks stories with us last month.  They were encouraging, inspiring and helpful and we all learned a bunch from them.

There is still much to be done in these last remaining weeks, so let’s get right to it!

For Everybody

Finalize Workshop Selections

There will be a deadline sometime in June for finalizing your workshop selections.  Now is a good time to go back and review your selections (find your receipt from your original registration and it has your access info.)  You’ve probably learned a ton since you registered in March and may want to make some changes.  I changed at least three of my selections this weekend.

Business cards

Oh one of our favorite and most talked about prep activities.  Yes, if at all possible, it would be great to have business cards at She Speaks.  You’ll make about 800 new best friends and will want an easy way to share your contact information.  A few tips for creating your business cards:

  • Include your name, email address, phone number and social media info.  Most people don’t have a need for your physical address.
  • Include the name of your ministry and your tagline. (Don’t have a tagline?  Check out this post for a worksheet and step-by-step webinar to come up with one!)
  • Add a nice headshot to help match names and faces.
  • Don’t use a solid dark background on the front and the back. When I get someone’s card, I like to jot some quick notes on it, what we talked about and anything I want to follow up on from our conversation.  Those memory joggers are super helpful when you get home!
  • Use the back of the card for more information, but leave space for people to write on the back.
  • Keep it simple and don’t stress over it.  I can promise you I did not get home and think, “Now who was that girl with the pretty flourish thing on her business card?”  Nope.  But I did say, “Who was that amazing girl who has the really cool ministry? Let me go find her business card and contact her.”  It’s a simple tool to help make connections.  Keep it that way.
  • Vistaprint and Moo are two popular places to order your business cards. You can design them right on their site, and can often find special deals.  You’ll want around 200 cards.  If this is your first time to get cards for your ministry, don’t get too many.  You’ll probably want to change them at least once. Or twice.  (Can you tell I’ve been down this road??)

Pro Tip:  Vistaprint runs special deals on business cards often.  Subscribe to their site and you’ll get notices frequently.  Design your card there and save an order in your cart so it will be quick and easy to purchase when you see a special. It takes around 10 days to get your cards, so you have until the first week of July or so to place your order.

One Sheets

One sheets are a good thing if you have something special you want to promote.  Maybe you have a new series coming up on your blog or an event you are speaking at or a special promotion for your faith-based business.  Speakers also often have them to share more about their speaking ministry. One sheets are totally optional (unless you are meeting with a publisher who requires them, and that’s a whole different thing!)  You’ll only need 20 or so, and they can be printed two to a sheet if there is not too much on them.

For Networking Groups

This is something new at She Speaks this year … an opportunity to connect with others who share your calling and passion.  There are separate groups for speakers, writers, leaders and those balancing family and ministry.  This will be a special time to develop relationships, but I know just the word “networking” can strike fear in the hearts of introverts.  But no need to fear! Check out this post for some networking tips that won’t make you feel like a used-car salesman.

For Writers

Wasn’t that first conference call with Glynnis amazing???  So much good stuff packed in there. And I love how patient she is with answering questions.  Not many other authors are so generous with their time and passionate about their desire to help others that they will hang around for over an hour just answering questions! If you missed the call, it’s ok!  You can still order the bundle and get the link to the recording.

The second call in the bundle is Tuesday, June 6, where Karen Ehman will go over all the details about writing a book proposal and one sheet, with examples and go-bys a-plenty.  If you have a publisher appointment and have never written a book proposal before, you don’t want to miss this opportunity for expert advice.

Speaking of publisher appointments, did you get your request in?  If you are signed up for an appointment, you should have received an email from the She Speaks Leadership Team with the list of publishers attending and instructions for making your request. The deadline for requesting is Monday, June 12.  And if you are on the publisher wait list, don’t despair!  A LOT of people will choose not to schedule an appointment and it’s likely you’ll hear from P31 later this month.

Let’s Get Together!

Several people have asked if we can have a little meet-up of people who have followed this series.  I think that is a fabulous idea!  Let’s meet for breakfast on Saturday morning.  I’ll grab a few tables in the breakfast area behind the elevators at the Embassy Suites between 7 and 8am. Stop by and say hello!  If you aren’t staying at the Embassy and don’t want to pay for breakfast there, the breakfast area is separated from the main lobby by a short iron fence.  We’ll chat over the fence!  Let me know in the comments if you think you’ll stop by so I can get enough seats.

 

RESOURCES

Essential Elements of a Speaker One Sheet – This blog post has a ton of good layout ideas that can be used for any kind of one sheet … not just for speakers

Checklist promoCheck out the other posts in the She Speaks series in case you missed any!

March   –   April   –   May

Download the month-by-month checklist to prepare for She Speaks and catch up on anything you missed!



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RESPOND

How are your preps coming? What has been the most difficult part so far?

Linking up with Katie Reid at #RaRaLinkup.

31 thoughts on “Let’s Go to She Speaks! June is for Deadlines!

    • Yay for my Breakfast Buddies! Did I mention presents? There may or may not be a little something special for the breakfast gang 😉

  1. Christa,
    This “thank you” is long overdue! I have followed this series since the beginning and I am incredibly thankful for you and all the information you have presented. This will be my first time at She Speaks and while I had no idea what to expect in the beginning, I am feeling much more comfortable because of what you are doing here. You are a jewel for sure!!! Count me in for breakfast! I am excited to meet you and chat in person! Sweetest blessings to you! And, again, thank you, thank you, thank you for running this series!

  2. Fantastic advice, Christa. I own TLC Graphics, an author assistance company, and for the third year, we’ll have a book there. My advice comes from a different angle. If you’re a writer (no matter your experience), please try not to be nervous when telling people about your story. The agents, reps, and us are just people who love to help authors reach their dreams. God knows exactly the right company to help you produce that book, so you’re not going to mess up His plans. 😉 Just be open to talking with anyone and about all methods of publishing. We’ve seen some pretty cool miracles happen right at She Speaks. Amazing stories! Can’t wait to meet you, so stop by to say hello, even if you’re not a writer! If you are, though, we’ll be holding 15-minute consultations at our booth. Contact She Speaks to set that up. Oh, we’re also launching our book for authors there and sales will benefit Proverbs 31 Ministries.

  3. Christa, I have thoroughly enjoyed this series! This is my first year going to She Speaks and the info your offering is priceless! Thank you for letting us glean from your wisdom & experience.

    • Well, my wisdom is gained from a grand total of ONE trip to She Speaks, so I’m not that much ahead of you, and way behind many. But I do remember that overwhelmed, chaotic feeling from last year and hope I’ve helped you avoid that. Some. A little. It’s still scary, I know!

    • You are welcome! I actually asked myself why in the world I picked some of the ones I did in the first place!

  4. Many thanks Christa for the work you have done to get us ready for She Speaks 2016! I am beyond excited and so thankful for the resources and timeline you have provided. I’m looking forward to being a part of this amazing experience.
    I’ll be there for breakfast on Saturday morning and can’t wait to see you.

  5. Many thanks Christa for the work you have done to get us ready for She Speaks 2016! I am beyond excited and so thankful for the resources and timeline you have provided. I’m looking forward to being a part of this amazing experience. I’ll be there for breakfast on Saturday morning and can’t wait to see you.

  6. Such a helpful post Christa! I wish I would have had access to this when I attended She Speaks in 2014. Have a fabulous time! Thanks for linking up with the #RaRaLinkup. 🙂

  7. I need to redesign my business cards! Good thing I need to order more. Thanks for the tips! I would recommend MOO. They were fast, easy, and mine turned out beautiful! So excited to meet you ladies.

  8. Your posts have worked wonders to calm the nervous nellies out if be. I look forward to having breakfast and of course meeting so many wonderful ladies at the conference

  9. Hi Christa! Your posts are super helpful, as I’m attending for the first time in July 2017. Looking forward to meeting you, maybe at Saturday’s breakfast. So many people to meet, so little time 🙂

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