Episode 127: The Power of Starting Small

Feb 13, 2023

Is standing up on the big stage all you dream about? Do you want to start off your career by getting up there and becoming well-known in that space? If it’s on your list of goals to get noticed up there right away, that’s not always possible. And let me tell you, that’s a blessing! There have been times (I’m talking very few) where new speakers have walked onto the big stage without any preparation and failed miserably. To learn how to handle yourself onstage, it’s best to start small.

The glitz and glamor of the big stage can make it hard to see the power of the small stage. In this episode, I go over the three main benefits of starting small, so keep listening.

Highlights from this episode include:

  • The power of starting small (3:17)
  • The importance of a signature message (6:24)
  • Building relationships (7:41)
  • Relationships versus connections (10:57)
  • Developing your skills (11:44)

I know I’ve said this before, but I can’t emphasize enough how powerful starting small can be. This is where you grow and figure out what your secret sauce is, which ultimately makes your message even more powerful. So, let me ask you, do you know what yours is?

I’d love it if y’all came to join the conversation in the Facebook group – Take the Stage Speakers and take a moment to share with us! If you aren’t on Facebook, find me on Instagram! I would love for you to share it with me.


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