The Speaker Lab has helped me prioritize my goals. I really struggled with finding engagements. I'm clearer now about how to go about it, and I'm just getting started on implementing some of the great tips from the course.
Tell us about yourself; who are you and what do you do for fun?
I’m a wife of 32 years and a mom of two great daughters. I love to travel, I love the beach, I love reading and I love spending time with friends and family. I also think I’m hilarious and so I like to go to Story Slams and share my quirky view of the world.
What got you into speaking? Is it what you expected?
I have always loved speaking, probably as the result of a being a middle child of six kids. It’s always better than I expect. The audience gives me so much more than I bargain for. I love to see if I can make them laugh, while I’m educating about some very serious and important matters.
Tell us about your hardest moment as a speaker so far.
I have come across an audience that was just not responsive to my humor. It just made me re-evaluate what the challenge was for that particular crowd. It happens. And it just makes us all work to be better, which is fine, because we are there to serve our audience.
What has been your biggest success as a speaker so far?
I loved my last engagement that came out of the blue. I had spoken there two years ago and didn’t get any real feedback. They called me and asked if I would do a three-part paid series for them and could they also purchase 20 of my books for the attendees. THEN, they gave me a gift at the end of the series as a thank-you! Pretty terrific!
What was your biggest struggle before finding The Speaker Lab?
Before The Speaker Lab, I really struggled with finding engagements. I’m clearer now about how to go about it, and I’m just getting started on implementing some of the great tips from the course.
How has The Speaker Lab helped you and your business?
The Speaker Lab has helped me prioritize my goals. I had some good speeches. I had no website, so I’m extremely grateful for the Notable Themes website that was a bonus for signing up right away. I have a great Speaker’s website now and I have been contacted through it already. Now onto step three…getting those gigs for next year.
What is your number one goal over the next 6 months to a year?
My goal is to book gigs at conventions and larger venues and, as we all want, to get paid a fair wage for my work. I feel confident that I now have the content for that and I keep finding that lots of organizations really do want speakers. It’s a matter of connecting with the right people.
About our student
Cathy Sikorski is a practicing attorney in Elder Law, and has been a caregiver for 7 different family members and friends in the past 25 years. In November of 2016, Corner Office Books released Cathy’s second book Who Moved My Teeth? a practical and legal guide for adults and caregivers. Her first book, released by HumorOutcasts Press, Showering with Nana: Confessions of a Serial (killer) Caregiver, is a memoir about caregiving. Cathy has a blog, “You just have to Laugh...where Caregiving is Comedy” at www.cathysikorski.comLearn More About Cathy Sikorski