One of the biggest challenges I see in the presenting world is self-doubt. I lived it. I started with nothing. Most emerging speakers start with nothing, or so they think. Most people miss what they do have.
Though you have probably heard the following story before, have you considered how it may apply to speakers? I was reminded last week of this passage. I think that every emerging speaker who is a believer should consider it.
“He replied, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They answered, ‘We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.’”
Jesus worked a miracle and fed 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish. In those days, children and women were not counted. It was not one of “the counted” who had the bread and fish. If you feel uncounted, perfect. What are your loaves of bread and fish? What is the experience you have had that you can share with others? Right now you may not feel as if you can feed 5000. The miracle started with locating the available bread and fish.
If you are a believer, believe. Start where you are now with what you have. Get out there and start, believe that you will do good, and if you have the right intention of helping people, let God work through you.
When I was getting started in my career I never thought of teaching other speakers how to connect with their audience and build their speaking business. That was not on my radar screen. When I came into the speaking world, I focused on humor because of my stand-up comedy background. I had no idea what God had in store for me.
What miracles can God work with you and your stories? Start where you are with the loaves and fish you have. If you are a believer, believe.
Thank you, God, for Grace, Truth, Love, and Laughter,
P.S. Thank you, especially, for grace.
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