Monday, January 11, 2021

Speaking Tips for Writers in 2021

by Yvonne Ortega @YvonneOrtega1

We may have decided to accept 2021 as it unfolds. We trust that what God has for us will come about in his way and timing. I sat each evening during the last week of December with a pen, a journal, and a Bible. On New Year’s Eve, I sat alone with God and asked again for direction. Here are open doors for me that may appeal to you.

The first speaking tip for writers in 2021 is to attend a speakers conference.

I will attend Carol Kent’s Virtual Speak Up Conference on July 14-16, 2021. You can register at You also have the option of setting up a payment plan. Since it will be a virtual conference, you’ll save on travel expenses, a hotel room, and meals.

Carol Kent has an outstanding faculty every year for both the speaking and the writing track. Attendees have phenomenal opportunities to meet with faculty including agents at the conference and have a meal with them. Last summer was the first virtual conference, and we had numerous appointments available for a virtual meal with the faculty and individual virtual appointments after the conference.

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Second speaking tip for writers is to attend the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference at

Study the faculty list already posted and the projects they’re looking for. Michelle Cox is a speaker and bestselling author. By the time you read this full article, Michelle will have probably lined up six or seven interviews and completed another book proposal. Be sure to talk with her. 

Linda Goldfarb is a speaker, conference emcee, and podcaster. As the faculty description states, “She loves helping writers and speakers take God’s next best step to reaching their publishing goals and beyond.” Don’t miss the opportunity to talk with her. 

Isaac Hernandez has over 40 years of experience in the Christian Television industry. If you’re interested in a television show on Trinity Broadcasting Network, be sure to talk with him. He also has his own show. 

While you look over the faculty list, pray that the event can be live, and that the shuttle will run for the conference.

Also keep an eye out for the date of the Mountainside Speaking Retreat, a hands-on event, at

Third speaking tip for writers is to sign up for SpeakerMatch at

If you are looking for general market events, sign up at SpeakerMatch. As their site reads, “Create and promote a professional brand with our simple online tools, so planners can find YOU.” I have several speaker friends in California who prefer SpeakerMatch to anything they’ve tried. They take whatever SpeakerMatch makes available in their area of training or expierence.

I was asked to speak for a teacher’s association in my state of Virginia at the last minute. The subject matter was teaching math. I have strengths as a certified teacher, but math is not one of them. I thanked them and recommended my math teacher friend in that city. The engagement took place before the pandemic. They thanked me for my honesty. 

You can do a live chat or call the toll-free number, 1-866-372-8768, Monday through Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm Central Time to learn more. 

Remember to sit down with your pen, journal, and Bible. Let me know which one of the possibilities you register for, or if you feel led to try something else. 


Yvonne’s background as a licensed professional counselor brings a unique perspective into the heart of women. She’s a speaking and writing coach and the owner of Moving from Broken to Beautiful®, LLC. She belongs to the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, the Christian Authors Network, the National Speakers Association, and Toastmasters International.

She celebrates life at the beach, where she walks, builds sand castles, blows bubbles, and dances.