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Lawyer | Romantic Suspense Author | Speaker | TV Junkie | Foodie | Sweet Wine Addict | Savvy Shopper You can visit my website at www.authordeelawrence.com to learn more about my romantic suspense novel, Gotta Let It Go, which is set in Baltimore. You can also connect with me online @ thewritepen (Twitter and Facebook). Thanks for visiting with me today!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Want To Get Paid Giving Speeches?"

Teleseminars are a great source of information. This evening I listened to host, Steve Harrison interview his good friend, James Malinchak, who shared several tips on how to get started giving paid speeches - even if you're a complete unknown in your field.

Here are 5 steps he shared for landing speaking engagements:

1. Determine what market is ideal for you.
* You can't market to everybody.
* You must target your market (teenagers, women between the ages of 30 - 50, college students, parents, etc).

2. Put together your positioning.
* You are the main ingredient, you make you different.
* Do you want to be a keynote speaker - speaking for 45 - 60 minutes? or A workshop trainer?
* Decide whether to promote yourself as a speaker or your topic.
* Incorporate "you" into your presentation - be yourself.

3. Put together a brochure.

4. Market your speaking availability to the people in your market.

5. Leverage your booking.
* When you speak for a group ask for multiple bookings.
* If the program that you're presenting is satisfactory, ask for a testimonial letter to go into your marketing kit.

The bottomline is that you need to think of yourself as a MARKETER who is marketing your speaker services. Great tips!

For more information, you can visit www.speakingformoney.com

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Marshawn Evans Tele-Event: "The Power of Platform"

This evening I tuned into Marshawn Evans, Attorney, Author, Reinvention Strategist and Owner of ME Unlimited, LLC tele-event about "The Power of Platform." I thought this was so pertinent to me as today is my birthday, a time of renewal and rebirth, a day which marks a year of me being older and wiser.

ME's focus in tonight's call was knowing the difference between a DESIRE and a DREAM. She stated that a DESIRE is rooted in a place of want whereas a DREAM is rooted in a place of worship (a gift from GOD which focuses on service). She pointed out that we're often led to believe that dreams are supposed to be far off. However, she said that this thinking is "warped, twisted and a straight up lie" because you should be able to experience your dreams today. Furthermore, joy should be tied to your dreams as you're supposed to feel strengthened, reinvented and rejuvenated.

In order to accomplish your dream, you should make sure that you're properly positioned and ready to take the leap into a new zone, a new dimension, a new territory, in other words it's time for a spacious place. A place where you're more capable of supporting and showcasing the God that lives within you. The following are some of the ways she shared that may prevent you from stepping into a spacious place:

1. Can't compare your calling/your success to others.
2. Can't overthink everything as dreams operate in a faith dimension.
3. Understand your companions - dismiss the haters and connect to a focused tribe.
4. Cluelessness - you can't be detached from wisdon. You have to be consistently equipped and tapped into a circle that's higher/deeper.
5. Clutching - holding onto something too tightly that it's choking the life out of your new season (2012).
6. Comfort Zone - becomes a danger zone.

So as we are fast approaching 2012, a leap year with an extra day, ME reminds us that the number 12 is an abundant number which marks the first experience, something new and different which will surprise you. I'm definitely looking forward to that experience and was thankful that I participated in this tele-event tonight!

For more information, you can visit www.marshawnevans.com

Saturday, November 19, 2011

"Beyond The Book Book Club"

It's funny how things can come together. I remember when I first met the founder of this book club back in September 2011 at the Baltimore Book Festival. She said that she was thinking about starting a book club and asked whether I would be interested in being a guest author. I responded "absolutely!" So I was very excited when we agreed upon a date and time to discuss my book, Gotta Let It Go.

When I arrived at the meeting this evening and met the members, they were all very welcoming. They had lots of questions about my book, the writing process and how to get a book published. I answered all the questions including my thoughts about going the traditional route versus self-publishing. At the end of the discussion, I got some great insights as to what they would like to see in the sequel.

Overall, it was a great evening and I enjoyed every moment of it including the sangria which was made by a member of the group and the delicious lasgana which was made by the host/founder. I wish the group much success!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

"How To Create Your Own WebTV Show"

Just finished listening to a very informative webinar on how to create your own WebTV show with Steve Harrison and Perry Lawrence.

Here are the 5 top reasons for doing so:

1. It's easy and effective (get a flip video camera to record your episodes) and build a relationship with people who have a list.

2. It creates exposure (allows you to develop multiple audiences and widen your social media footprint).

3. It sets you a part from others (what side of the mike do you want to be on - behind as part of the audience or infront as a speaker?).

4. It gives you celebrity and authority status (if you're consistent in posting your videos, you'll be seen as an expert).

5. Huge ROI (return on your investment) - add your audience to your database.

For more information, visit www.yourwebtvshowhow.com

Saturday, November 12, 2011

"Girls Nite Out - GNO"

I had a very, very long week! My friends could tell that my stress level was up and that I needed to get out the house. So off we went to the Half Note Lounge in Bowie where Style was performing. It's been awhile since I saw them perform and wow - they really rocked the house! After enjoying some wine and soul food (catfish and macaroni and cheese), I was on the dance floor like nobody's business. Sweating out my hair and just have a wonderful time. At the end of the night, my stress was lifted and I felt rejuvenated to tackle the week ahead.

Sometimes, a girl just need a GNO!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

"For Sisters Only" - Washington, D.C.











For the past couple of years, I've enjoyed attending the For Sisters Only ("FSO") event in D.C. So today, I was pretty excited about meeting a friend of mine at FSO to browse the vendors, get some goodie bags, play some games to win prizes, listen to the relationship chats and enjoy the line of artists: Bell Biv Devoe, Johnny Gill, Wale, Eric Benet, Tank, Estelle, and others.

We had a great time and left before it got too crazy - traffic can be a beast! So, enjoy some pics from the event!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"Fast-Track Strategies For Becoming A Well-Known, Well-Paid Author, Speaker Or Expert In Your Field"

This evening I listened to a webinar by host, Steve Harrison who shared tips on how to become a well-known, well-paid author, speaker or expert in your field. I really enjoyed his tips for achieving these goals especially the 5 short cut tips he shared to make this happen: 1) clear action plan, 2) custom tailored support for your publicity (radio, TV, newspaper, pod casts, etc.), 3) concrete models and skills, 4) connections and 5) community.

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