Turning Failure to Future
Why you should listen to this episode
There is a knock at the door.
The time has finally come.
Standing at the door is a policeman and a man whose job it is to take away all your possessions. You are about to lose everything.
What do you do? Do you panic? Cry? How do you protect your young children in the other room?
Charlotte Kemp went through this and survived.
She turned this business “failure” around and turned it into a successful speaking business.
For event organisers this episode shows how a first hand, real life story can deliver so much to the understanding of an audience.
For speakers, Charlotte shares her journey and how she developed a speaking business from nothing…. almost literally nothing.
About Charlotte as a speaker
Charlotte Kemp describes herself as “Futures Alchemist”. But what does that mean?
Charlotte is not just gathering what others have said about the future but she uses her own personal experience of failure and planning for failure, to talk about “planning for the future” in businesses and in life.
As she says, there are scary things out there but if we address them and prepare for them, we can overcome them. In short we can take a situation from failure to a future.
Charlotte Kemp’s Speeches
- Become the Conscious Futurist the World Needs Now
- The Innovation Imperative
- Becoming Exponential Leaders for Exponential Times
- Fads, Trends and the Meaning of Life
Charlotte’s lessons for speakers
- Want to become a speaker? You need a niche and you might want to also have a book first.
- How do you create a book? Blog about your experiences and especially if you are going through a powerful experience that will form the foundation of your talk.
- When getting underway, speak to any audience who will have you. Rotary clubs, business networks, lunchtime clubs, networking groups.
- At events, check with the organisers but you may be able to sell some books.
- Be careful not to use a talk as therapy. Don’t burden your audience. Give them what they came for. If you want to express your feelings, write a blog instead.
- Join associations in your topic’s niche. Get to know other people in your field and what they are doing.
- Use your life experience to build connections. Charlotte had worked in associations and knew how they worked. This allowed her to build rapport with associations who were organising events.
- Be clear on the problem you are solving and ask event organisers how they want that solved. It’s up to them, not you.
- If someone says a particular technique for getting speaking gigs doesn’t work, listen to them but then decide for yourself if you still want to try it. What works or doesn’t work for someone, might work well for you.
- Think about setting up free workshops or webinars or mastermind groups with others in your field. It all helps you connect and learn.
- Don’t feel like an imposter. The fact is you have a unique experience that even the most experienced speaker can not have. We are all unique and have unique stories that no one else can compete with.