Speaking Confidence by Lisa Heidrich
Lisa Heidrich, RN, CCM, CHP, is a registered nurse, nursing instructor, international speaker, freelance writer, ministry director, Bible study teacher, prayer intercessor, voice-over artist and speaking coach with over 20 years experience in public speaking. Lisa serves Stonecroft Ministries as a speaker and Divisional Field Director. She is a graduate of "Proverbs 31 She Speaks" and "Christian Communicators Conference" programs.
Our guest blogger is Lisa Heidrich, author of Speaking Confidence. Welcome, Lisa. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Lisa Heidrich, Speaker, Evangelist, imperfect mom of 2 sons and 1 fur baby Mercy (my 10 year old Great Dane) and newly published book author of Speaking Confidence. I grew up in South Florida, have undergrad degree in nursing, post grad in adult education, now currently employed full time as a Divisional Field Director with Stonecroft Ministries and I love everything purple!
What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know?
I took ballet in college.
I have campaigned finished a Best in Breed Great Dane : Champion.
Worship One Von Winterlochen- a.k.a. “Elijah”
I am a word nerd.
I can’t spell.
I love shopping at thrift stores and Goodwill.
My secret “dream-job” is to be a Radio host / DJ one day.
Please describe yourself with three words.
Communicator, Body Activist.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
Speaking / Evangelism.
Going to the beach.
Thrift store pimping.
Playing Scrabble, word searches, POP words, words with Friends.
How did you become involved in writing?
Good question…I have been an International Speaker for the ministry I work for and everywhere I traveled I was asked—“Do you have a book?”
I went to a couple writers’ conferences and thought I’d compile the devotions I was assigned to write on a monthly basis for my current job but God pierced my heart to help others gain Speaking Confidence. The rest is history.
Where do you write?
Multiple locations—I am flexible and go-with-the-flow.
I write on Airplanes—during travel, hotel rooms, one of my favorite locations is on my sofa with my laptop on my lap, while watching/ listening to the TV.
Do you have a dedicated office or a corner or nook in a room?
I do have an office, but I rarely use it.
Do you always know the title of your books before you write them?
In this case, yes, I did have the title for a while before writing the book.
Sometimes “titles” spin through my head, I forget most, but for my style, I’d most probably start with a title first and go from there.
Please tell us about your book.
Speaking Confidence—a double entendre is about giving others practical tips, coaching, and edification to overcome the #1 Fear in our world: THE FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING (this is meaning #1). The second meaning is—that this book would encourage us, person to person to SPEAK confidence into one another’s lives in each and every word we speak.
What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?
Stand UP and Say your PIECE without FEAR.
Where did you get the idea for your book?
I was teaching and working with women in sharing their stories and realized our #1 fear is public speaking, so I was driven to “do something” to lessen this fear in our nation. I feel God gave me the inspiration and brought everything together to make the book possible—from typing each word, to meeting my publisher Chalfont House, to every detail.
Did you have to do any research for this book?
Yes, stats on speaking phobia, research on microphones, questioning others about what they need to become speakers, and reading God’s Word for each and every bit of “Ancient Authentic Advice” at the end of each phase (chapter) in my work.
How long have you been writing?
Since I was a kid—my mom was a “note leaver”—she expressed herself to both my sister and me via notes all the time. Writing back to her was a lesson in communicating via the written word from around age 11 maybe?
As a Registered Nurse I had a few published professional magazine articles. Speaking Confidence is my first book. I also wrote and drew books as a KID! And sold them to my sister, mom, aunt, and Mama Lou (grandmother). I have contributed Bible study pieces for the ministry I work for as well under the Stonecroft Ministry umbrella.
When did you sell your first book?
What advice would you give to writers who have been writing a few years but still haven’t interested an agent or publisher in their novel?
Pray. Don’t give up. Be willing to constantly “tweak your manuscript”, believe in something bigger than yourself, and network.
What are you working on now?
Curriculum for Speaking Confidence for Kids, beginning research and connections for Kid’s speaking confidence workshops and connecting with Home Schooled populations—if it is successful, I will approach my publisher about a KIDS version of Speaking Confidence.
My main theory in my book Speaking Confidence is that public speaking phobia is a fear handed down generation to generation—so if we reach the kids coming up in this world, we can lessen the FEAR.
I am also collecting thoughts and ideas for a book called “Praying Confidence” helping others develop their voice for God and teaching others to pray.
What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Stay the course. Set parameters in place to reach certain goals each day and each week. Have accountability partners—one of the reasons I believe my book came to fruition is because I had a Publisher who believed in me and set the time to connect with me every week. Once a goal is set, it is difficult to veer from the course and most importantly PRAY.
Please tell our readers where they can get your book.
Amazon paperback & Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1938708032/
Barnes&Noble paperback: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/speaking-confidence-lisa-bongiorno-heidrich/1112801830?ean=9781938708039
Please tell our readers where they can find you online.
Any parting comment?
Writing is a honed gift that we all must practice and work on to really define and shine at, speaking is an innate ability that with the right encouragement everyone CAN be inspirational at. Stand up and say your piece.
Lisa, thank you for the interesting interview. In a random drawing from among commenters, one will win a copy of your book that you graciously offered. Thank you.
The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Raspberries and Vinegar by Valerie Comer is Amada. I'll contact you and we’ll get the book out to you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time ... keep on smiling.