I had the opportunity to attend a very exclusive marketing conference this past weekend in DC.
I personally love conferences.
I love to learn and hear about what other people are doing in their businesses.
Well this conference in particular had some very successful people both speaking and in attendance which was why getting the opportunity to SPEAK ON THE STAGE was such and honor.
But here's the twist:
I didn't know that I was going to be speaking at the conference.
In fact, I only had a few hours to put my whole presentation together before getting on the stage in front of 500+ people! Eeeekkk!!!
I submitted my topic on the first day of the conference for a chance to be chosen to compete with 8 other people and win a spot to be a headlining speaker at next year's event.
The audience would vote on the best speaker with the best information.
Well I found out the morning of the 2nd day that I had been chosen to be 1 of the 8!
So I scrambled together to put together a presentation on How to Use Pinterest for Business.
You all know that I have a serious Passion for Pinterest so putting together the material wasn't hard, but the competition was steep and I wasn't expecting to win.
You see the other speakers had more experience and had been teaching about marketing for much longer than me.
But I gave it my all and was so grateful for the opportunity to get up there at all!
Well the funniest thing happened, after I got off the stage tons of people came up to me and asked me all sorts of questions about Pinterest.
Other (VERY SUCCESSFUL) speakers approached me and asked for MY ADVICE on how they should be using Pinterest for their businesses!
It was so amazing and humbling and such an all around incredible experience.
Unfortunately, the winner wasn't going to be announced until the end of the last day and I had to leave early to get back to the city for a very important black tie charity gala.
But I wasn't really expecting to win so I didn't give it much thought.
I was sitting on the train when I received a text message from a friend on the train saying "CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING!"
I could hardly believe it so I called one of the event coordinators and found out that I had in fact won the entire competition and that they would be shipping me my trophy.
And in addition to the trophy, I would have the opportunity to be featured as one of the headlining speakers at next years event!!!
So that my friends is the story of how I became an Award Winning Speaker.
If you'd like to learn more about the information I presented on how to use Pinterest for Your Business click the link below: