They say luck finds those that earn it. I think that's true. In fact the headline of this post is all about being ready for luck or maybe destiny. I do a bit of public speaking now and then. I'd like to do a lot more.
So I write decks, I give talks, I post them to Slideshare and when I can, I capture them on video and post that too. Why? Because it gets the word out and helps folks looking for speakers qualify me.
I also make myself available on a moments notice (if necessary) to pinch hit for groups who have had a speaker cancel on them. I spent five years doing programming for the NOLA AMA and I know what it is like to have speaker cancel on short notice. I also know how thankful I was to the person who pinch hit for me when that happened. So I make myself available whenever I can.
Like last Thursday. The speaker that was scheduled to speak to the NOLA AMA got stuck in Houston. One of the board members rang me at 10:30a and asked if I could pop over to the Northshore for a noon luncheon (note: it's about a 30 min drive). She knew I had lots of decks and talks and didn't care what I gave, she just needed a favor. Luckily I had a light day and so I agreed.
I been working on a new talk, Using Twitter to Change Brand Perception. And while it was far from finished, it would work.
And it was great. I had a blast. The audience seemed to like it. And a number of folks came up after to let me know "they'd be in touch" to talk about opps to work together in the future. And best of all... I got to work out the kinks on that talk so that the next time I give it, it will be far stronger. Everyone wins. The AMA didn't have to cancel its lunch. The attendees learned something new. And I might even have picked up a bit of biz.
All because I prepared my fields for rain. Are you?