Motivational Speaker Asked to Do the Unthinkable

webinarI have declared many times that I don't give speeches – rather I have elevated conversations with people. So what would be unthinkable for me as a motivational speaker? It would be to have this elevated conversation of which I speak – to no faces. No happy eyeballs, no grinning teeth, no laughing sounds. Nada. Zippo. Dead air.

I'm referring to the webinar that I did today for a client wherein I tried to have one of my elevated conversations with 150 people in far away lands. And I was reminded of why I hesitated when I was asked to do this. Oh I LOVE the client and the audience. They are some of the fantastic people I had met in live person at a conference wherein I DID get to see and hear them. And I LOVE the topic: How to Think Creatively, Come up With Cool Ideas and Sell Those Ideas to Others.  But webinars? I knew what I would be getting myself into from having done it two other times, and I hadn't loved it.

But then it hit me. Part of the message of the topic I was asked to teach was that we needed to stop talking ourselves out of trying new things. And there I was, when offered the job, starting to talk myself out of it.  Which made me realize – BECAUSE I was reluctant to do this webinar – was the EXACT reason why I needed to do it.  

So I did it. And it was great! I just put the picture in my head of happy smiling laughing faces with little light bulbs going off above their heads. And it worked. I had a blast and I think they did too.

I invite you to join me in building your little "adventure" muscle by doing the very thing that you don't want to do.  Who knows what amazing things you might get really good at! Like skydiving maybe? Okay. Maybe not.




Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Good stuff Linda!  This post reminds me of a message I just recently heard about FEAR.  Oftentimes the reason we don't want to try new things is because of fear.  Fear of failure, fear of not enough, fear of rejection, etc. We need to recognize it as fear and change the conversation in our head about it.  Look at our fear as an opportunity for self-transformation.  Step through the fear and grow from that experience.  You did just that by changing the conversation in your head about the webinar, it worked, and now you've transformed your previous ideas about those webinars!  Yay you!! Now what don't I want to do today?

  2. Linda, this is so timely! Delivering a webinar in two days AND never look forward to them either. Feel a one-way conversation versus a deep connection. This motivational speaker is going to visualize those smiling, happy faces nodding their heads saying, "more, more, more!"

  3. Like Colette, this is timely indeed!  I did a webinar recently, and realized AFTER, that now I have new content to add as a bonus because I had to customize it for the client.  Now, I can add the offering to new clients.  I'm glad I didn't talk myself out of it and I'm glad you didn't either!  Way to go!

  4. Awesome lesson. I'm glad you came out of your comfort zone. And, yes, as motivational speakers we rely on that audience in front of us – to dance the dance. But being able to send our message out to the world to those we can't see is valuable too. So I'm SURE your audience received the message you sent. Even if you couldn't feel it.

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