Monday, September 6, 2010

Hangin’ with the pros

In my editing and writing business I work for individuals all across the country and occasionally internationally, which means that I rarely get to meet them in person. Last week, I had the opportunity to meet a few of the speakers I do some work for through Pro Speakers Bureau and Campus Talk Blog. They all congregated in Atlanta for a learning conference with Rick Sherrell (seen in the first picture below), the founder and owner of both Pro Speakers Bureau and Campus Talk Blog (By the way, I write a Parents’ Perspective column at CTB. Check it out when you get the chance and let me know what you think).

The group worked on photos for their sites and projects, software and computer organization as well as video presentations. They met beginning early last week and will conclude at the end of this week. The meetings are informal with speakers coming and going throughout the two weeks, and my goal is to be able to spend some time with each of them learning more about their brand as well as talking about the writing and editing services they’ll need outside of PSB and CTB.

I’ve been impressed by the confidence and power of the speakers I’ve met thus far and want to share a little of their information with you:

DSCF5165 Marja Lee Freeman, or “The Employment Lady,” addresses workplace issues from employment to empowerment. Her talks include actionable information delivered in a powerful, friendly and humorous way. She helps college students and job seekers to jumpstart their career management.

 

DSCF5167 Millicent St. Claire uses “Accelerated Learning methods to access the whole brain, HeartMath technologies to access the whole heart and personal experience to access human understanding.” She also the author of “Simply Ridiculous: A Realization and Transformation of Ridiculous Beliefs and Behaviors,” which is a quick-to-read little book that holds a powerhouse of information.

DSCF5163 Dr. Torri “Love” Griffin is the College Love Coach and she talks about practical information, and offers actionable steps, about sex, abuse and dating. Her lively discussions include role plays, questions and statistics to enhance these often sensitive topics.

Those are the ladies I met last week. This week I’ll spend some time with a few more speakers, which I may tell you about at a later date.

As a freelance editor and writer, I often spend long hours working alone at my home office. It was a nice change of pace, and a big boost of encouragement, to share space, ideas and resources with a group of successful entrepreneurs and speakers.