Take the Stage!

Have you decided to become a motivational speaker? Do you have an inspiring message you want to publicly share but aren’t sure where to start? Are you interested in being selected to speak on the main stage at the 6th Annual I’ve Decided Motivational Conference in January 2020? If you answered “yes” to these questions, enroll in this exciting program today - seating is limited to the first 10 registrants.


This program is designed to develop your ability to be a poised and engaging public speaker whose message inspires and moves an audience. Three key actions will be emphasized: 1) devote time to preparation, 2) enhance your stage presence and delivery skills, and 3) use feedback to learn and improve. Specifically, you will:

  • Review and practice techniques for preparation and planning of public speaking engagements
  • Learn and practice methods to enhance stage presence and engage the audience
    Discuss strategies for rehearsing, managing anxiety, and maintaining poise
  • Experience hands-on practice and feedback (video playback/ audience input) of presentation design and delivery


This program includes four sessions, with time in between sessions for presentation development, practice, and revision – please see schedule below. After completing all four sessions, participants will speak for a live audience and a panel of judges, who will select the individual to be awarded the honor of speaking on the main stage at the Annual Kickoff Motivational & Leadership Conference. A runner-up will also be chosen, in the event the first-place selection is unable to fulfill his/her speaking engagement at the conference.

SPECIAL NOTE: Participants must agree to attend all four sessions and the competition in their entirety.

Stay tuned for future dates!

  • Introduction and
  • Audience analysis
  • Tools for outlining
    and organizing
  • Hands-on practice
    in organizing and
    developing your

  • Stage presence
  • Openings and
  • Vocal qualities and
    body language
  • Tools to engage the
  • Rehearsal and
    practice tips

  • Individual
    followed by video
    playback and
    audience critique
  • Self-reflection and
    plan for revisions

  • Individual
    followed by video
    playback and
    audience critique
  • Self-reflection and
    plan for “live”
    session with judging

About the facilitator: Cindy Byrd, founder/owner image potential training and consulting


Communicate with insight & impact

Teaching and inspiring others how to bring their best self and best thinking to all they do fuels Cindy’s passion for improving quality of life. As a branding and leadership development specialist, educator, and public speaker, she helps individuals and businesses optimize their potential to communicate with greater insight and impact, build positive brands and long-term relationships, and create exceptional experiences for colleagues, employees, and customers alike.
Cindy uses her keen insight and creativity to customize engaging learning opportunities for employee development programs, public workshops, and conference presentations and to serve as a visionary thinking partner with the
individuals, businesses, and organizations she assists through her business, image potential training and consulting.

Cindy’s background includes 10 years as a manager, 16 years as a business owner, and 13 years as a business professor at Robert Morris University Illinois where she is now professor emeritus. She is certified in leadership development, is a past recipient of the 25 Women in Leadership award, and is a member of the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, McLean County Chamber of Commerce, I’ve Decided, the Association for Talent Development Heart of Central Illinois Chapter, and the Central Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is a frequently requested keynote and breakout session speaker for conferences at the local, regional, and state levels. For more information, connect with Cindy on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/CindyByrd.

Your investment: $349.00 (includes all four sessions, workbook, videography, and competition presentation). Register today, remember, enrollment is limited to 10.

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