The day in the life of a National Speaker can look different every single day. Some days are simply all about working on content creation for any upcoming speaking or training engagements. Whatever your speaking topic is on, the majority of your time will be coming up with content to share regarding said topic. You are a forever student. Meaning, as time progresses, things change, even in your field of expertise. So that means you are constantly studying and researching the most up to date information so that you stay relevant. Other days in the life of a speaker can involve traveling to and from various places speaking on your topic and interacting and networking with your audience. This is where you cultivate relationships so that word of mouth can serve as your marketing tool.
What advice would you give someone considering this career?
My advice for someone embarking on a career in speaking is to make sure it is something you are passionate about. Getting up in front of people is not just about that, but it is about sharing your knowledge with others to help them see how they can use what you’re sharing to be successful. That means the time has to be put into truly learning and understanding every facet of your topic so that when you walk away from your delivery, you know without a shadow of a doubt that you have shared something that just about everyone who has heard you, can walk away with something to make their life, job, or whatever, better.
What is a book or movie that has inspired you?
This may sound strange. But the movie Armageddon truly inspired me. To watch how a team of oil drillers were trusted to help impact the world, even though to them and even others, they were not qualified to go into space. This was very inspirational because a lot of times, we will limit ourselves because we may feel we are not equipped with whatever it takes to succeed. Even though the oil drillers may have felt that way, it didn’t stop them from taking a chance. They had a strong desire to help others. When you have that desire, you’re not looking at what you don’t have, but you tap into who you are, what you know and focus on what you need to learn to help change the lives of those around you.
Do you (or your company) offer internships or job shadow opportunities to high school students? If so, how would a student go about applying for one of those?
At this moment that is not something Vaughn Media, LLC has incorporated yet, but are hoping to find the best way possible to do so in the future.
As a Heart Forward Leadership influencer, I am on a mission to change leadership one heart at a time. For too long, leaders have operated in that traditional, dictatorship style, which has proven to be ineffective. As a result of this type of leadership, employee turnover is at its highest and company buy-in is non-existent.
Working for over 15 years in key leadership roles within the School Nutrition and Non-Profit environment, I have been able to craft a strategic leadership process that promotes employee satisfaction, therefore reducing employee turnover. Encourages employee buy-in with the companies mission and vision, starting from the hiring stage and fosters a successful pool of leaders.