Episode 53: International Builders Show
Updated: Sep 4, 2019
Some insight into how I managed to score a speaking gig in Las Vegas.
This podcast went live to the world on Friday, April 13, 2018. That's right. Friday the 13th! If that doesn't show you that I believe in making my own luck, I don't know what does.
Fast forward about six months and I found myself at an event for work in Knoxville, Tennessee. As normal, personal tidbits flowed in and out of conversation with industry folks and I suddenly found myself pitching podcasting to someone from the National Association of Home Builders. What started as me trying to tell the Association about the potential benefits of an educational podcast for home buyers, quickly turned into me agreeing to their invitation to speak at the 2019 International Builders Show in Las Vegas.
To put this in perspective, I believe I had just cracked 25 episodes of the show at this point - all of which were with close family and friends as I figured out exactly what I was doing. I did not have this website. I did not have any sort of video promotion. And I definitely didn't have a clear vision of what I wanted the podcast to be.
It was time to get to work.
Looking back, my agreeing to do this speaking engagement - without being at all qualified to do so - was the best thing that could have happened to this project of Relish The Journey. I knew that if I was going to speak at the International Builders Show, I had to look like I knew what I was doing!
So I gave myself the interim goal of having a video and a website launched before the end of 2018. And then the evolving goal of continuing to expand outside of my comfort zone with the guests of the show. The result has been tremendous and I love the new circles of friends I have formed.
Now, as I reflect on the speech I gave about a month ago, I cringe a bit. I know I stumbled over some words, that I spoke too fast, and that there were things I could have and should have spent more time discussing to provide better value to the audience.
But, you know what?
I did the damn thing.
And no one can ever take that away from me.
So here's my advice to you (whether you want it or not) - put yourself out there! Commit to something you aren't quite sure how to do, but you know will challenge you and allow you to grow. There is no secret sauce to success. We all have to show up, every day, and put in the work. If you do that every day, great things will absolutely happen.
And when you look back, you can Relish The Journey.
Listen to my speech from the International Builders Show, here.