Hi all, and welcome. If You write It, You Can Speak It, is a site for us speaker types who want to know the best way to
for God’s glory.
I invite you to come on over every month to read interviews with speakers and speaker coaches, as well as getting some helpful speaker tips.
This month I want to start with telling you how I came up with the title,
If You Write It, You Can Speak It.
As a little girl I loved being in front of people on a stage, any stage I could find. I planned skits for the neighborhood kids and parents in which I was of course, the director, producer, and lead actress. Later I took acting classes at the local Little Theater. I was president of the drama club in junior high and drama was my first (notice I said first) major in college.
But all things speaking (acting) got put on hold for marriage kids, sports and life. Tucked away and pretty much forgotten until…
At age fifty David and I made a job change that moved us to Tampa. One of his first assignments was to take his team to hear a group of motivational speakers. I tagged along. I was mesmerized at how these speakers could make my heart dance. I loved the way their words moved me.
It was in that auditorium on that day I felt God call me to speak into the hearts of women.
My first response was, what? I don’t know a soul in Tampa? I don’t know a thing about public speaking. I don’t know what I’d specifically speak on.
So many questions, so many gaps.
Instead of waiting for God to answer, I tried to fill in the gaps on my own. I joined Toastmasters and stayed in it just long enough to get a five-minute speech under my belt.
Next I took a Life Purpose Coaching Course, for credibility naturally, because who was I that anyone would listen to me?
As I was finishing up my Life Purpose Course I had to comment on the instructors blog in order to take the final test.
Ha! I didn’t even know what a blog was.
And I literally didn’t feel confident to string two comprehensible sentences together before this time nevertheless type them out (and by the way I still type by hunting ad pecking) but I did it, took the test and finished the course.
And like so many others I got the blogging bug and started on a writing adventure.
I thought, maybe writing is what I’m suppose to do.
But blogging didn’t ease my burden to speak.
My next step was to start owning my calling by verbally announcing to friends that God called me to speak. This was hard for me mostly because the response was always the same. Friends would look at me like I had three heads and ask, what kind of experience do you have?
What was I suppose to say, Junior high drama club?
It’s akin to going on a first job interview where the employer asks the same question and you think ( not say), you big dummy, how can I get experience if you don’t hire me?
Every petition I made to God about speaking seemed to bounce off the ceiling.
Why God have you called me to do something but not give me the means by which to do it? Instead, You allow the doors to slam in my face.
Month after month was the same. I was about ready to throw in the microphone, certain I heard God’s calling incorrectly when one morning in the quiet of my prayer time I heard God clearly say to my heart.
If you write it, you can speak it.
So I wrote.
And wrote, and wrote, and wrote some more.
It was many more months (a couple of years of perseverance actually) before the doors started opening. But they did, gradually, and now more steadily.
And I had something to say because it was already written.
Here’s my point. God let me know what He wanted me to do but that didn’t mean He was ready for me to do it. Like Joseph’s story in Genesis, God had work to do in me first—in my character, my commitment, my calling.
a nasty four letter word, but a necessary one for me.
That’s my story. But that doesn’t mean it is or will be that way for you. One thing I’ve learned that is true for all of us…
When God calls us, He will make a way for the call.
Join me next month for a surprise interview with a gifted speaker who knows the ropes and ins and outs of the speaking circuit. You won’t want to miss!
If You Write It, You Can Speak It is a part of Jami Amerine’s Ladder to Rooftop Academy. Here Jami has loving put together tips to help with the learning curve of all things concerning writing, speaking and the like.
Looking forward, pressing on and seeking God!