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THE MESSAGE OF YOU: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career
A step-by-step handbook that teaches readers to find the extraordinary stories tucked deep within them to make a difference in the lives of others—and to get paid—as a motivational speaker
Judy Carter believes ordinary people have the ability to find the extraordinary stories tucked away deep inside of them, stories that not only make a difference in the lives of others, but can also result in a moneymaking career for the speaker. The Message of You is a step-by-step handbook that takes readers through the coaching process Judy uses to guide her students and clients in turning their real life experiences into motivational speeches. The results not only inspire audiences to take action, but often also launch a brand-new career or platform for the speaker.
As evidenced by the viral success of the online TED talks or the surprising appeal of The King’s Speech, people want to hear the real life stories of their peers, their idols and even their neighbors. People want to tell their own stories and be applauded, recognized, and validated. In her twenty-five years on the speaking circuit, Judy has seen it happen over and over again. A person who feels they are “nobody” steps up, tells their story, and then discovers that they truly are “somebody” in this world.
The Message of You offers an accessible approach, big picture guidance, and nitty-gritty nuts and bolts of sound advice. The business of public speaking is on the rise and there is a huge demand for this kind of book. Carter’s credentials, high profile client list, and track record make her the perfect person to nurture the next generation of public speakers.
Judy Carter is a stand-up comic, the author of two books, and a successful and sought-after public speaker. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Larry King Live, and is a regular contributor to NPR.
Praise for The Message of You:
“Judy Carter is not just funny but she also knows how to help others find their authentic message and communicate it in a way that makes audiences laugh.” —Lily Tomlin
“If I told you that this book was about public speaking, I’d only be giving you half the story. It’s really about discovering your own unique message—your story—and sharing it with people. As someone with a few speeches under his belt, I can tell you that Judy Carter knows what she’s talking about: Storytelling is a huge part of being a successful speaker. Yes, you do have a message worth sharing—and when you touch the lives of others, your life will be changed as well. Read this book and unlock The Message of You.” —Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Great Leaders Grow
“Judy Carter knows how to make money on the lecture circuit. And when you read this excellent book, you’ll know how to do it, too.” —Joan Detz, speech coach and author of It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It
“Judy’s book is a profound and inspiring journey that will show you that what you know is worth a lot more than you think. She shows the reader, through her six-step method, how to find their message by digging into their personal and professional journeys to transform their tragedies into triumphs. I highly recommend this book to anybody who wants to, or has to, speak in front of people.” —Dr. Tony Alessandra, speaker and author of The Platinum Rule® and Charisma
“In The Message of You, Judy delivers her story and wisdom in a funny and highly applicable way- and teaches you to do the same. How to be funny, make money, inspire others and be more of who you truly are- what more could you ask for in a book? I got stuck reading this book --it's kind of how like Disney makes everything seem like magic to park visitors, but there's a very intentional, repeatable approach to their success in every aspect. After reading The Message of You, an audience will feel like your great speech is natural, rolling off the cuff, but in reality it's built from this personal story coupled with your intentional, repeatable speaking success secrets. Now, even though I’m a speaker agent, I kinda wanna go speak somewhere and speak.” —Brian Lord, Speaker Agent, VP of Premiere Speakers Bureau
“I love the message of The Message of You! I learned from Judy how to embrace my missteps and misfortunes and turn them into comedy gold, and now, with this book, Judy will able to teach YOU how to discover and share your truthful, painful, hilarious, personal, hopeful, heartfelt message.” —Cindy Chupack, Emmy-winning writer/producer of Modern Family, Sex and the City and Everybody Loves Raymond and author of The Between Boyfriends Book
“You will read and exclaim, ‘How does she know that's EXACTLY what I need to know?’ And she holds you accountable to get things done...in a fun and friendly way. This is a ‘must read’ to find the message of you.” —Cyndi Maxey, professional speaker, speaker coach, and author of Fearless Facilitation, Present Like a Pro and Speak Up!
“As a producer and writer of many TV comedies, I know how important it is to not only have the jokes, but to have a message from the heart as well. Judy shows you how to do both better than anyone I know.” —Ellen Sandler, Former Co-Executive Prod. Everybody Loves Raymond, and author of The TV Writer’s Workbook
“Judy’s book is invaluable for anyone who wants to be an expert on TV. As a reality show producer, I’m always looking for people who have a clear message and point of view, and can express themselves succinctly and with humor. Next time anyone asks me how to prepare to get on TV, I’m just going to say, ‘Get Judy Carter’s book.’” —Gina Rubinstein, Emmy-winning writer/producer of Reality TV Shows
“Looking for a good time? Read this book. Want others to look forward to seeing you again? Read this book. Eager to be worth being paid to give a speech? Live this book! Judy Carter has set the new standard for books on how to become a superior communicator… exceptionally well written, highly readable and FULL of value; a masterful work. BUY THIS BOOK NOW!” —Jim Cathcart, Hall of Fame Speaker, author of the International best seller The Acorn Principle
“As a WWE wrestler, I originally contracted Judy to become funnier while cutting promos in the ring. While she was helping me punch up my wrestling promo delivery, something bigger happened; Judy helped me find a message that is very meaningful to me and turn it into a speech called, ‘Find Your Strength.’ I’m now able to give back to my fans by speaking at schools. With Judy’s help, I’m truly making a difference in young people’s lives and, along the way, my own.” —John Hennigan, formerly known as WWE Superstar John Morrison
“Judy Carter’s new book is a rock star of the ‘How to be a Great Speaker’ genre. She offers insights into the foundational practices that make for a great platform presentation. Polishing the nuggets of one’s core life experiences is just the starting point of an exceptional and moving speech. Her Six Step Method is a road map to speaking success. Read Judy’s book and get moving on your speaking career NOW!” —Jonathan Wygant, CEO of Big Speak Speaker Bureau
“When I first started standup comedy I didn't know what to write about. Thanks to Judy Carter I learned that the best material comes from your personal experiences and what sets you apart. That philosophy has helped me build a successful career as a standup comedian and become a TED speaker. Thank you Judy!” —Maz Jobrani, comedian and member of the "Axis of Evil" comedy group
“As someone who has been booking speakers for over 25 years, I've seen thousands of speakers and consulted with just as many event planning clients to find the right talent for their events. There are many books on the market geared toward helping people launch a speaking career, improve their presentation skills, etc. - but none go as deep as Judy’s book. Judy describes how to turn your life's work and experiences into an inspiring message that can have a positive impact on everyone! That is what speaking is all about - sparking a tangible, real and potentially life-changing connection with other people; whether the audience is 25 or 10,000. You can be the best presenter in the world, but if you don’t have the message and content to touch others, you’ll fall flat. Judy helps her readers avoid years of trial and error on the speaking circuit and gets right to the heart of the matter. Earn you PhD in speaking with one simple book. Judy will help you hone your message and craft so that not only will become a financially successful speaker, but you will also be living your passion with an authentic message for others.” —Mike Frick, President of Speakers.com Speakers Bureau
“Judy Carter is an expert at connecting to an audience. If you are looking for your message this book will be your guide.” —Patricia Fripp, Past President, National Speakers Association
“Judy Carter taught me how to be the story, rather than to just tell a story. Every time I go to a network to pitch a TV show, I remember what I learned from her because when I can make people laugh, they tend to hire me.” —Rob Lotterstein, TV writer, producer, and creator of Boy Meets World, Suddenly Susan, Ellen, Will & Grace, and The War at Home
“As someone with an exceptionally average life who has made a career getting paid to speak about it, I'm living proof that this book works. You'd be crazy not to buy it. And if you're crazy, you probably have a good story that people will pay to hear. So, either way, you should buy this book.” —Ron Culberson, President of National Speaker’s Association and author of Do It Well. Make It Fun
“Judy demystifies the talents of a few and makes them available to the masses. She literally wrote the book (Stand-Up Comedy: The Book) and the bible (The Comedy Bible) on comedy. Judy has done it again! She has demystified another unsolved mystery by showing you how to monetize your life story. If you follow her process, the next best seller I'll be reading will be yours.” —Ed Tate, Certified Speaking Professional, World Champion of Public Speaking
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