Lessons Learned from the First Ever Vocal Women Event
yesterday was a big day for me. i did something out of my comfort zone that for a hot minute made me completely terrified. i facilitated a 4 hour workshop, vocal women, in the city of las vegas…and i didn’t even pass out!
i facilitated this along with olivia schofield, the sole female finalist of the world championship of public speaking from 2011. she’s a fiery and outspoken european woman and we were both tired of seeing a lack of women represented in the speaking world so we made the decision to do something about it. in fact, i wrote about it last year and it caused a bit of a stir and then why we started it.
we have been holding monthly webinars about different topics from writing speeches to stage presence to confidence and how to turn it into a profession. it’s been challenging, rewarding, and unknown about where it would all lead. since many people are in las vegas for the toastmasters international convention, we decided to hold our first ever in-person event right here in sin city!
long story short…it was outstanding and i feel incredibly proud of what we put together and the women we had there!
of course, we learned about through the process (like double checking to make sure a conflicting event isn’t happening, advertising sooner and then charging more because we way undercharged for what we delivered).
to be honest (because yay authenticity), for a few days when the registrations stopped rolling in i was feeling embarrassed. this was our first event and in my head i had pictured a room with a least a few dozen women in it. i also had over 50 people me they wanted to be involved (including a good chunk of men) but their flights weren’t getting in on time or were in another training. i was feeling like we didn’t do a very good job with creating this event.
as the event drew closer, i realized how stupid this was. it wasn’t about numbers, it was about impact and we had the opportunity to impact and connect deeply with the amazing women who trusted us enough to be a part of our very first live event. on top of that, we had women from australia, ireland, and the states. donna even flew in just for the day to attend this!
many thanks to lisa, bea, donna and sandy for giving us your heart and soul through an incredibly powerful and bonding event yesterday! cheers to you all!
i feel proud that olivia and i were mad last year about the lack of women competitors and speakers and instead of just staying mad, we took action.
i feel proud that i didn’t let my anxiety dictate whether or not i would do this event (it wanted me to quit and hid under the bed with a juice-box of wine).
i feel proud about the women-specific event we put on because it allowed us connect deeply on many of the things we experience as women that men cannot relate to.
i feel proud that we had an idea, didn’t know how to start or what to do but figured it out anyway.
i feel proud to be a woman, a speaker, a partner, a small business owner and an agent of change.
if there is something that is bothering you or you want to see changed, don’t wait around for someone else to maybe take action on it. it’s up to you, to me, to us. even if you’re scared or have no idea what you are doing, do it anyway.