Over 150 people were crowded into the small room with round tables and black chairs back to back. I was one of the “chosen” and I had a seat at the “masters” level table directly in front of the podium. We were huddled in the Sound Kitchen, a famous recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee for the first ever PLATFORM conference under the direction of Michael Hyatt. Over the years, I have learned to allow God to direct me to the place where my “divine appointment” awaited. I chose a seat at random at the masters’ table, sat down, and waited. A young man sat beside me and introduced himself. He asked me why I was at the PLATFORM conference. I told him I was a published author and my newest publisher, B&H Publishing had offered me a contract to update my “Conquering Depression” book. I was here to learn how to build a platform to promote myself as a public speaker and a published author. The man looked at me strangely, pulled out his smartphone and informed me he was in charge of social media for LifeWay, the parent company over B&H Publishing. We ended up having a twenty minute conversation on promoting the book and he introduced me to the man who would be building the smartphone apps for the book. A divine appointment!
I cannot emphasize enough how life changing this conference was for me. I had already attended another conference put on by this group of people. The SCORRE Conference, once known as Dynamic Communication Workshop, changed my life and taught me more about communicating with clarity than 25 years of public speaking. It, too, was a life changing experience. I cannot convey all that learned at the PLATFORM conference but I highly recommend it to any author who wants to build a platform for their work and gather a “tribe” to follow their books.
I can give our readers of this blog a brief overview of what I learned. Just follow this link to my website for my post on the PLATFORM conference.