On becoming a speaker
It is ironic the words I uttered with such conviction when I was just 17 years old. I was absolutely terrified of public speaking. My boyfriend, Tony, was trying to convince me to take a speech class at school and I brazenly proclaimed “I am not going to take that stupid class because I will never, EVER, in my entire life, get up in front of a group of people and give a speech!” Fate must have had a good laugh at my expense.
As I became an adult, I remained terrified of public speaking. Even so, I kept finding myself in a position to share my story and my heart with others. Opportunities kept dropping from the sky without my pursuit of them. I fought it at first, because I was not comfortable in front of a room of people. However, the more I fought it, the more opportunities continued to surround me. Finally, I took it as a sign and began to work more on my public speaking. I stepped into a role as a speaker feeling ill equipped and afraid, but as a friend kept reminding me “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.”
I believe I was called by God to speak. It was a scary calling but one I couldn’t ignore any longer. With each presentation, my confidence grew and I saw how my words and life experiences could impact others. I knew I had to keep going. I had to offer those around me the hope that I had found in the messy struggle of life.
I speak to women about a wide variety of topics including self acceptance, the power of owning your story, dealing with pregnancy loss, finding hope during dark times, the unexpected places we find God, making peace with circumstances that break your heart, life with a child with special needs, and more.
If you are interested in inquiring about a speaking engagement: firstname.lastname@example.org
What others are saying
Kathy brings her heart to the presentation, sharing passion and enthusiasm that is contagious. With deep honesty, she shares her journey to truth. Her message of hope, healing and change challenge all to reach within and begin their own journey. An engaging speaker, she touches each attendee through humor and authenticity, drawing the listeners in and capturing their minds. Beyond speaking, Kathy further engages the audience through personal interaction exercises, creating an environment that fosters learning and growth. -Kristy Westrate, MOPS leader
Kathy spoke at my MOPS group. She spoke about “owning your story” and it was the most insightful speaking engagement I have attended! I laughed and cried! She draws you in and her honest and real approach in her message was perfect for all of us to hear as mothers! -Kelly Moore