So, what do you do?
It seems like a pretty easy question, but it often begins an odd interaction.
If I say I’m a professional speaker, most of the time people’s brows furrow. It’s a fairly unusual job.
If I say I’m an author, most of the time they are disappointed to find I’m not a novelist.
If I say I’m a heart health advocate, well … they usually look around for the exit.
I love what I do, but it is a little hard to explain.
My heart attack left me with a big desire to give back. I’m honored to have been invited to share my message of healthy lifestyles with so many people and organizations.
Along the way, I also found a group of people who “get it,” who understand what I do. I am very grateful for my compatriots in the National Speakers Association, particularly my local chapter and a special group of younger speakers known as NSA XY.
Early in my career two speakers Mike McKinley and Mike Domitrz stepped up and helped me get started. They gave freely and generously of their time and wisdom. I wouldn’t have started off successfully without them.
Mellanie True Hills and Tracey Conway (fellow heart survivor/speakers) and I have shared insights and client referrals for years. Their friendship and support has been amazing.
If you comb the posts here on my blog, you’ll find the influences of many NSA members – no other group of people understand the challenges of travel, demands of presenting, or are as dedicated to serving their clients as people such as Kim and Jason Kotecki, Chris Clarke-Epstein, Michele Payne-Knoper, Chip Lutz, and many others.
I’m very lucky to have NSA folks to feed my professional spirit and help tend my soul.
Who really gets you? Take a moment to recognize and thank them – that would be a great anniversary gift.
Eliz Greene survived a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggled to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and searched for a way to hold on to the perspective and passion she found in her near-death experience. Drawing on her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.
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