Tomorrow I’m really going to put myself out there on a level that I have actually never done before. Josh Shipp is one of the biggest rock starts in the speaking business in the youth market. I’ve been getting his newsletter for years. The only job he’s ever had is the only job I’ve ever wanted…being a professional speaker.
One of the business models that speakers utilize is creating training for other speakers to learn how to do what they have done. His version of this is called Youth Speaker University. I’ve known a few that have gone through it and it is a remarkable program, but it’s not cheap.
There’s a scholarship available this year for his program and all I have to do is create a video and put it out there for not only Josh, but the rest of the universe, to consume. Now I have the utmost confidence in my ability to deliver a speech, I love being on the platform in front of 10 or hundreds of people, I love the process of writing and creating a well thought out message…I’ve just never bothered to put it on YouTube.
The scholarship applications says:
We are looking for someone with heart, legitimate talent and a sincerity to help others.
I can promise that I have two of those three…the talent part of the equation will be judged by the masses.
You never know what you can do until you try to do something. Job changes with different schedules have gotten me away from Toastmasters, so my chops are totally out of practice. There is a chance this could be an absolute hot mess. There is also a very high probability that I won’t win the contest. There is no way that I lose in this process though. I get to write, rehearse, and deliver something that I really believe in. I get to share it with people I love and from there who knows who’ll see it. I get to have a serious professional watch three minutes of me living out my dream. There’s no way this ends up badly.
Taking chances is almost always scary. The devil you know is better, than the one you don’t. I’m going to step out a little bit and see what happens. See you guys tomorrow.