In the company of cheerful ladies

One of the things that I signed up for during the SheSpeaks conference was the speaker evaluation.

Prior to attending, we had received information advising us that we were going to be giving 2 talks: the first – a three minute my story talk. The second – a five minute teaching talk on a scripture.

On Friday night we gathered into the room where our first evaluation would take place. I was fidgety but quickly hooked myself onto Dara, a woman with an amazing warm smile. She became my cheerleader.

I had prepared my speeches and gone over them. But on Friday afternoon, I began feeling the urge to tweak mine. Obviously, this did nothing to help me prepare. So even though I was telling something dear to me, I had not practiced my delivery of it.

pffft… don’t try that. It doesn’t work. {Word of advice: don’t change your speech at the last minute.}

However, I had such a gracious, amazing evaluation group, that I probably could have stood up there and just said "ummmm" over and over and they would have found 10 encouraging things to say about it all.

 speaker evaluation group SheSpeaks

I joked with all of these women that they lied when they said they were beginners, because seriously: top-notch. All of them. Two people in the group had been on Oprah and one had had a Lifetime movie made about her story. Another had been a runaway. One had been delivered from a lifestyle filled with drugs. Yet another has already started a successful ministry, working with women. Each and every woman in this group had witnessed, first hand, the Lord’s restoration and healing.

I was truly ministered to and touched by these women. Study the faces in that photo. I’m sure you will see each of them doing big things. (including ‘lil ol me)

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Comments

  1. Sarah (GM) says:

    Hey – just linked to you. You are an awesome woman all by yourself — so incredibly gracious! You will make an awesome speaker if that is what God is leading you to do.

  2. oh amanda says:

    How cool! What a great opportunity. I’d love to (and be terrified) to do that!

  3. Abbreviated says:

    I’ll blog, write letter to the editor…but terrified of public speaking.

  4. Lysa TerKeurst says:

    Marybeth kept bragin’ and bragin’ about what a great group she had. Now I see why.

    It was so great to have you at the conference this year.

  5. I Can See! says:

    Hello my friend! Wow…my name is mentioned in a blog…I have hit it big time!
    You are worth more than 10 encouraging things to say!
    much love and prayers to you as you continue the journey/adventure God has set before you!

  6. ~ Straight Shooter ~ says:

    So very, very glad you went to be renewed, rejuvenated and restored! Now you can pour it out to us! have a fabulous weekend Karla.

  7. I enjoyed reading about your group! I also was excited to receive your email about you being ready to be used by God to speak to women and teens. I am looking forward to seeing what God is going to do in your life! Praying for you. :o)

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