SPEAKING AND COACHING
My path to becoming a speaker is like that of the Biblical prophet, Jonah, who God told to deliver a message: RUN! At my high school graduation, I refused to give the valedictorian address. After my family moved to the Chicago area, we joined a church where I created characters such as Sister Jubilee, an elderly church mother. On another occasion, I dressed as an unnamed, pregnant and alcoholic woman who accidentally walked into a church anniversary celebration. The pastor got so wrapped up in the production, he went off script and I did an improv performance. A few months later, when I was asked to be the Mistress of Ceremonies at another celebration, I did my Jonah imitation: Run! I left the church and joined another congregation.
I hid for several years. When I started receiving invitations to speak, I finally stopped running and started praying—a lot. I ask that God's message flow through me whether I’m speaking to students, a business group, or ministry function.
I began coaching other writers when I was 16. I worked for a government office and noticed that one of the Directors, a nonnative speaker and writer, seemed to struggle with his correspondence. So, I started editing his letters. In college, I coached my roommate in writing papers, and she went from a D to a B. After I started publishing, I was able to help others with their publishing dreams.
If you need a speaker or writing coach, consider whether I can be a part of your plans.
Contact me here.
Joanna McGee Bradford, Author, Speaker and Writing Coach