I’m still floating from the She Speaks! conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. I knew I would have an interesting, challenging  weekend–(was leading two workshops)–but I didn’t know that I would enjoy it as much as I did!  Proverbs 31 Ministry knows how to put on a conference–it was outstanding. Here’s what amazed me:

Attention to detail. Every minute counted and every person counted, too. The attendants’ time was highly valued–each workshop was filled, the speakers were excellent (not just good but excellent), and they cared about the little stuff. Kleenex at the tables, coffee and snacks in all the right places.

Toolbox. If you had an interest in speaking or writing (non-fiction)–this is the place you want to be. They provided speaker and writer evaluations, tips to improve, a photographer for headshots, workshops that tackled specific concerns (writing a book proposal, telling a powerful story), agent and editor appointments.

Encouragement. This is what wow-ed me. I made a point to sit at different tables for every meal, to meet as many people as I could. I can’t think of one single person who hadn’t received some kind of encouraging news during the weekend. Even if they weren’t leaving with the dream realized that they had come to the conference with…their dreams were still intact. And a little closer to coming true.

Our hotel was next to NASCAR. I know more about NASCAR, after visiting Charlotte, North Carolina, than I had ever did before. Or ever will again.

650 women attended the conference. 350 on the waiting list…and it was capped.

I met Zondervan author Amy Clipston for the first time and had a nice catch up with Revell author Lynette Eason.

Lysa TerkHeurst, President of Proverbs 31 Ministries, gave a number of fantastic workshops on improving speaking skills. She’s amazing. Ain’t no flies on that girl.

Liz Curtis Higgs was the keynote speaker. My sides still hurt from laughing so hard! What a gift she has.

If you need a little help with speaking skills, or you’re wanting to ratchet up your nonfiction writing, this is the conference to attend. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I was sorry to leave. Here’s the info:  Proverbs 31 Ministries, She Speaks Conference.

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