It’s Day 280 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I had my maiden voyage speaking engagement for Seasons of Her Soul, my debut novel, at a local Altrusa club tonight. Altrusa is an international organization that supports women’s professional development, literacy and a number of other causes that improve communities worldwide. The fact that my first official speaking engagement for my book, which chronicles a young woman’s journey out of domestic violence and into her best life, was held a the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association), with a women’s shelter upstairs, made the event even more special for me. Prior to speaking, we enjoyed a comforting meal of three different types of chili prepared by members. They insisted I go first, and as I filled my bowl, the message painted on the wall above the table resonated – Eliminating Discrimination; Empowering Women. It also bolstered me on my maiden journey.
Though I actually spoke at a women’s workshop the day after I held my book in my hand for the first time, the time wasn’t specifically dedicated to presenting on the publication process. Tonight, I was able to share about that journey and educate a group of women who are committed to promoting literacy with knowledge on how they can support authors to ensure books get into readers’ hands. Not only that, because they are committed to eliminating domestic violence as well, I was able to put a book that equips them with tools to do that into their hands! Furthermore, some of them took book cards to share with others. What an amazing first time out!
On the practical side, my years of attending Train the Trainers, getting a Fundamentals of Effective Training credential (a three day retreat experience) and presenting/attending “A Woman’s Guide to Powerful Presentations” and “High Heeled Steps for Dynamic Delivery” workshops with my cohort, Kay Fittes of High Heeled Success, held me in good stead. Planning the actual presentation is only part of ensuring it goes off without a hitch. Despite doing much of my prep in advance, this afternoon I couldn’t find my crate for transporting my books, props, etc. in my She Shed Storage Space (thanks for that Hubby!), and Siri initially took me to the YMCA vs. the women’s counterpart! Thank goodness I had a plan B for the crate and had given myself plenty of extra time to drive from the wrong location to the right one! Even with a few choppy spots, for the most part the waters remained calm.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author and speaker, it feels great to this first speaking engagement under my belt. It connected me with wonderful women who were welcoming and receptive. And I got to know the one who shared the opportunity with me – Thank you Dana Enrico! – a little better. There’s even a possibility that I’ll have a chance to present at the International Conference next year. I learned from the things that went right – and from those that almost went wrong. Now I feel like I’ve got my sea legs under me – all thanks to a maiden voyage speaking engagement for Seasons of Her Soul at Altrusa that provided smooth sailing.
Hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and support an unproven author by checking out the print or Kindle copy of Seasons of Her Soul, on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2CXE6Wj or http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9. Thank you!
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach