Speakers Create the Change They Want to See
People are looking for change. They’re looking for changes in their financial situation, in their love life, in their health, in their business. As a speaker, you can bring about that change.
You have the capacity to talk about change, to embrace it and to create it; and that’s what you want to do. You want to be the change, to be a change agent, and to change people.
With every change comes an opportunity for the best that life has to offer. Do you have the capacity to maximize the benefits of change? Do you as a speaker have the ability to take that benefit and help someone understand that change may not be bad after all?
Maybe it’s inspiring somebody to speak, or to lose weight, or to take better care of themselves or their business. Maybe something you say will resonate deep inside them so that they want to hear more.
Change is inevitable. But before you ask people to change, how do you accept and deal with the changes that happen in your business and your life?
Through ADVICE: Attitude, Desire, Vision, In-ergy, Control and Excellence.
A is for Attitude.
People are resistant to change. I’m resistant to change like everybody else. It’s out of our comfort zone.
I have an old pair of slippers. Every time I go to my closet, especially if I’m tired, I get into my oldest slippers. They’re dirty and ripped up, but there’s something about those slippers that feels good–they’re familiar. When I break in a new pair they’re not familiar. But guess what, in order for my new slippers to become comfortable, I have to walk in them. I need to throw away the old ones, and keep marching forward in the new ones. As long as I keep those old slippers, those old habits, I’ll never break in the new ones.
We have to change our attitude. We resist change because of the fear of the unknown or our desire to remain in those comfortable slippers. Often we look at the past and think that somehow it was brighter then. Guess what? Yesterday is over! It’s time to talk about the future. We are on the brink of some major changes in the world, the universe, the heavens, and as a speaker and leader, you’ve got to be ready to step out there.
Prepare yourselves. The first thing to do is change your attitude about resistance and about getting out of your comfort zone. You cannot benefit from change if you meet it with resistance, reluctance or regret. A better attitude is the only way to personal growth.
D is for Desire.
You need to know how to handle the opportunity when it rides in on the waves of change. You might think, should I say yes to that speaking opportunity? Should I invest in this particular program? Should I relocate? Should I open a new business? What should I do? You cannot confidently answer any of these kinds of questions if you are uncertain about what you want.
You have to know what your desire is; or what your purpose is. Some people have more than one purpose, some haven’t found it yet, some know exactly what their purpose is, and it’s all a journey. And that’s okay. Just keep walking and you will find it. Standing still, sitting on the couch, or staying behind your computer will not change a darn thing. Speakers speak. We change people. We change their hearts.
V is Vision.
It is possible that a change in circumstances can put a roadblock– a stop sign–in your path. To develop an alternate route, you need to have a vision as to where you want to be and how to get there. Does your vision just have one road to it? Or is it like a freeway with many highways leading to it? You have to have a clear vision because there are many ways to get to where you want to go.
Change may dictate that you redraw your entire map of how you are going to get there. Re-look at it and change it. That’s okay. Don’t be afraid to review the big picture from time to time and see how change might enhance your focus. It may even help you to get there in a faster way.
Keeping a vision of where you want to go and knowing all the ways you want to get there will ensure that change won’t get in the way or distract you from arriving at it when you want to arrive. We think change will get us off track, but it can actually help us to stay on track. Change is good. Change happens every day.
I is for In-ergy
Your capacity to benefit from change comes from an energy within. It’s a drive. It’s passion. It’s inner-passion. The force of change that might push you in the direction not to your liking can be matched by the force of your passion. The essence of your own well-being. You’ve got to have passion from within.
All change should strengthen you from within to push you forward and to push you through. It’s good to be aware that your essence, or your soul, is with you. Change can come at any time, and your inergy is manifested in will, resolve, determination, persistence, and passion. When you have that, nothing can get in your way!
As speakers, you need to get out there to help people. People are dying and crying and lost. They need to hear your message. They are hungry for good words, for hope, for dreams, desires and passion. They’re hungry! You have the passion that’s going to touch their heart and soul in such a way that it’s going to change their lives forever. Get out of your offices and houses and speak, because you never know who you might touch and change by your message.
C is for Control.
All the attitude, desire, vision and inergy will not matter if you are not in control of yourself. If you are not in control, you’ll be pushed into whatever direction change is moving in and not in the direction of your desire and vision. You must retain control to harness this energy for the result that you want. If not, change will control you. It’s like falling into a fast moving river; you’re just hanging on for dear life, grabbing at anything, but If you embrace change, you can be like on a boat and go with it–woo-hoo!
You are the one who must decide if change will be to your advantage or not. One of my mentors, Eric Lofholm, said to me, “you don’t have to decide everything right now.” If a change hits you, or someone does something to you or takes something from you, you don’t have to react to it right away. You can meditate, or pray, go for a walk, take time to think about it–whatever your process is–and then look at it again. Oftentimes, it’s not as bad as you first thought. Give yourself time. Look at the change. Research it, if you need to, then you’ll know what direction to go in to get to your vision.
E is for Excellence
Your commitment to excellence will gauge your capacity to benefit from any change. Try to improve what you do in whatever circumstance you find yourself in. Whatever you’re doing, make it be great today! Don’t worry about tomorrow, make tomorrow great when tomorrow comes.
Be committed to excellence. When you’re committed to excellence you’re not only committed to maximizing the benefits that come from change, but you’re compelled to be a catalyst for change.
This is where, as a speaker, you can start moving the change outward and helping other people to embrace change. You can actually create exactly what you want, not just in your world, but in your community, and then in the world.
Your attitude, your desire, your vision, your inergy, your control and your excellence are fully engaged in this commitment. A commitment to change causes you to look at all realms of possibilities and to see what can happen instead of waiting to see what will happen.
Let me say that again: Instead of waiting to see what will happen, see the possibilities of what can happen. See what you can do and what you can create.
You don’t have control over everything, you only have control over your own change. You may not be able to change this whole financial situation, but you can change your own office, your own life; then you can reach out and change other people.
Today you’re a different person. You’re a different speaker. Your circumstances have changed. Your education has changed because you’ve read this article. Every life out there you touch from now on with your words, your kind deeds, your inspiration; you will change them, and by changing them, you will change the world.
To create change, you need to embrace change; and never, ever, give up! You are a speaker, a change leader, and it is up to you!
Arvee Robinson, is The Master Speaker Trainer, International Speaker, and Author. She teaches business owners, service professionals, and entrepreneurs how to use public speaking as a marketing strategy so they can attract more clients, generate unlimited leads and grow their businesses, effortlessly. She teaches a proven speaker system for delivering persuasive presentations, and easy formulas for creating killer elevator speeches and magnetic self-introductions. Arvee has helped hundreds of individuals to win clients and close more sales every time they speak. She offers private coaching, workshops, and weekly teleclasses. Her programs will make you money for the rest of your life.
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