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!
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.
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 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.
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.
How are your preps coming? What has been the most difficult part so far?
Linking up with Katie Reid at #RaRaLinkup.