Put a system on it


I’ve been officially public speaking for close to 11 years now.

Wow that is a long time. But even before that, well pretty much from birth, I’ve been comfortable in front of an audience.

When I was a child, I used to put on puppet shows, skits, plays, and participate in dance and figure skating recitals. And then when I was a teen I entered public speaking contests, joined drama groups and yes, I even entered an air-band (aka lipsynch) contest as a solo act and did a Madonna routine. Ah those were good times.

I still remember the very first event I got paid to speak at.

It was a corporate staff appreciation dinner. I got paid $250 to speak for one hour plus they fed me supper and I got a gift! I was totally sold and my new career was born.

For a while, I was happy simply being hired and paid to speak but then I wanted to have my own event where I could truly share my full message. How hard could it be? You book a location, announce your event to the world and then people just show up and you talk. Right? Wrong!!!

And I learned that the hard way. My first live event had 12 people show up (including my Mom) and I lost a lot of money in the process.

That turned me off hosting my own events for a long time. But then the bug came back to try again.  I started hosting many smaller events of just 20 or so people. Those went really well but I wanted bigger.

So I came up with a plan…a system that would pretty much guarantee my event would have a sold out crowd. It didn’t matter how many people I wanted, it would work regardless.

You see I like easy.

I make systems for pretty much everything to help make my life easier and organized.

Many people ask me how I can get so much done in a day and still get 8 to 9 hours sleep each night and spend time with my family. The answer is systems.

I create systems for everything from creating and scheduling my daily emails, my writing, my personal schedule and even planning and cooking family meals.

If something is causing chaos in my life, I create a system to organize it. (My family even jokes about it, every time I say I have a system for that…)

Maybe that sounds a bit OCD, but really it allows me to get TONS accomplished while still having LOTS of time off to have fun and adventure.

While you may not be a speaker, coach or expert, if you are human having systems in your life can make a big difference.

They don’t just free up your time but they give you a sense of ease and peace knowing things are handled and give you a tool to fall back on in the case of emergency.

For example, you can have a morning system for getting ready for work and school. You could have an evening system to prep for the next day. Or, you could have a financial system to keep all your bills, spending and such organized.

It doesn’t matter what it is, if it is something that often causes you anxiety, make a system for it and watch that anxiety disappear and your free time double.

Do you have systems? Please comment below and share how you add them into your life and business.

About the Author

Heather WIlsonHeather E. Wilson is the founder and CEO of The Canadian Coach, a directory and membership platform designed to unite, support and promote Canadian coaches. She's a successful business coach, speaker, author (Your Life According to You!), warrior, change-maker, risk-taker, and adventurer all rolled into one dynamic package.