Speakers share their best strategies
Big Moves Make Dreams Happen
holding a meet up with NSA NYC
speakers. She joined a mastermind,
hired a high-level coach and amazing
things began happening. In less than
two years, she became a video partner
and contributor for Entrepreneur
Magazine. She’s not done yet!
BIG MOVE: Create a way
to serve clients in a
After nearly 20 years as
a professional speaker,
In Division 2, she provides a unique
service that is separate from speaking,
thereby creating multiple income
streams, as Qubein suggested years ago.
Business Reinvention Expert,
speaker and coach Marquesa
Pettway, CSP, is a former CNN
business news producer. One
year ago, she made her big
move by adding “reality TV syndicated colum-
nist” to her resume. It is her foray to speaking
full-time in the entertainment industry. Visit
Successful speakers aren’t afraid to make big moves in their careers. A big move forces them out of their comfort zones and leads to massive growth.
BIG MOVE: Focus on solving
a problem with research.
As a registered nurse and
sex educator, Valda Ford
struggled with reaching
enough people. It took her two years to
grow her Facebook friends to 800 fans.
At that number, media outlets weren’t
interested in featuring her content.
Ford educated herself about Facebook Fan pages, ads, and strategies for
growth. She went from 10 new “likes”
per week to hundreds of “likes” per
day. In less than a year, she found herself at 250,000 Facebook fans. She created a truly engaged community
resulting in speaking engagements, live
event attendees and hard core fans. To
date, she is approaching 300,000 Facebook Fans.
BIG MOVE: Make a large
investment to expand
Leadership speaker and
coach Tarran Deane
wanted to serve C-level clients, and
knew she needed to make a bold move
to stand out from the rest. She watched
many speaker demo reels and, while
inspired, she wanted something non-
traditional that would sell her value.
She made a five-figure investment,
hired a film producer and spent three
days filming her vision.
The ROI has paid off in multiple
ways. Deane sponsored a major industry
prize where her video was featured at an
event. Her video continues to make the
sale for her, and she's taken her brand to
a whole new level.
BIG MOVE: Leave your
comfort zone and take
a big risk.
Jill Schiefelbein enjoyed
her life in Phoenix, Ariz.,
She was surrounded by families, but
craved being a part of the ambitious
crowd. One day, she made a deal with
herself to live in New York City for one
year to see if she could make her
dreams come true.
After she secured a lease, she
decided to leverage her new space by