Monday, October 11, 2021

Speaking Tips for Writers: Meet Ellie Kay

by Yvonne Ortega @YvonneOrtega1

Who Is Ellie Kay?

Ellie Kay is an international speaker in both the general and faith-based markets. She is also the author of fifteen best-selling books and is known for her presentation, Heroes at Home. She has given that presentation to all branches of the military in the Unites States, Europe, and Asia.

Ellie can offer countless speaking tips for writers. Let’s look at three of them.

Be Inspired to Research

Ellie Kay began her speaking career after she spoke about a coupon seminar on local TV news. After the news, she pitched the idea of a weekly savings spot, and the producer agreed. 

The first time, she admits she “totally bombed” because of her lack of knowledge of speaking in “sound bites” (short clips of speech to exemplify or summarize the speaker’s view). With only a four-minute segment, she never got to her first tip. 

Not one to give up, Ellie was inspired to research, learn, and practice more than once before her next segment. After that, she “nailed it” every week for a year on her fifty+ segments. 

Learn from the Best You Can

After more than 2,000 paid speaking events, Ellie continues to receive post-event debriefs from her Money Millhouse Podcast cohost, Bethany Bayless. 

Kay’s advice is to obtain your primary feedback from a person familiar with what you do.

She also recommends that you learn from someone in your speaking expertise who is better than you are. 

This reminds me of what I tell my clients: “If you practice the wrong way, it does you no good.

Hire the best you can afford and have a written contract.”

Be Teachable

Ellie Kay encourages speakers to be teachable and listen to experienced speakers who have your best interests in mind. 

When Ellie became an “Accredited Speaker” in Toastmasters, she had spoken for thirty-eight years.

I sat in the audience at that competition before an international audience. Ellie captured the audience from the first moment and held their interest to the last second. Judges sat in different places in the audience and took notes. 

She received a standing ovation and was the only one to become an Accredited Speaker that year. Kay worked hard to earn the elite Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker designation.

Ellie Kay lives in Palmdale, California with her husband Bob. You can learn more about her at

To wrap up, be inspired to research, learn from the best you can, and be teachable.


Yvonne Ortega walks with a small footprint but leaves a giant imprint in people’s lives. This power-packed package is a professional speaker and the author of the Moving from Broken to Beautiful® Series through cancer, divorce, forgiveness, and loss. Learn more at WWW.YVONNEORTEGA.COM

Yvonne speaks with honesty and humor as she shares her life and struggles through presentations that empower women to find peace, power, and purpose through God’s Word. 

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.

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