How to Make 2016 Your Year of “Yes”!

I am reading Shonda Rhimes’ new book, The Year of Yes, right now. She is the creator of ABC’s famed series Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. The basic premise of the book is that Shonda moved from being an unhappy reclusive person playing it safe to saying “YES” to everything that scared her (including public speaking).

I think saying “YES” is an interesting premise that we can explore while at the same time maintaining our values.

For instance, am I recommending you say yes to all freebie speaking engagements? No, that is not my point. You might take a freebie to pick you up out of a rut, or to build some momentum right after launch, but I believe in getting paid what you are worth.

So, how about in 2016 you…

Say “YES” to becoming a wealthy speaker. That means saying “YES” to getting paid what you are worth. If you are tired of getting beat up on fees, work hard on the mental game of wealth and stand tall in your fees. You’d be surprised how little people ask you to negotiate when that door is not open in your mind. (Note: What comes with this is ensuring that the value is there for the client)

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Say “YES” to making 2016 your best year ever; to playing big and bold.  I said “YES” to this a couple of years ago. I realized I was not playing to my full potential and set about rectifying that. I said “YES” to being bold and this year, once again, my sales are on track to double so I know my plan is working.

Say “YES” to being a rock star. If you can imagine yourself standing in front of your ideal audience and wowing them, if you are taking steps to ensure that your content and platform skills are sharp, then you are already saying “YES” to being a rock star.

Say “YES” to showing up and being seen. I remember 6 or 7 years ago, one of my coaches said that I looked like I was trying to be invisible at a networking event. Because I was an agent, I was used to being the person behind the rock star, making things happen. I had to learn to own the room and the stage even though it did not come naturally.

Say “YES” to the next flash point. Some of you have plateaued and need an extra jolt to kick your game up to that next level. Perhaps a part of this is hiring a team or a coach, or investing in yourself.

What are you going to say “YES” to in 2016? Please share in the comments below.

See you soon Wealthy Speakers!

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P.S. We just launched our Accelerate 2016 Conference where we will help those who have set those lofty goals to turn them into reality.  Why not say “YES” to stepping it up? Join us in Dallas on January 29-30, 2016. Click HERE for all the details.


  • Jane that is so interesting about the networking event – thank you for authentically sharing! This blog is a GREAT boost for 2016. SOOO looking forward to seeing you in Dallas.

    • speakerlauncher

      Thanks so much Jen! Dallas is going to be a blast!

  • Laurette Lynn

    Good timing 🙂 YES YES YES to 2016, to focusing and aiming, and firing 😉 Yes!

    • speakerlauncher

      Woo hoo Laurette!

  • TheEncoreCatalyst

    Jane, I am saying YES to my theme for 2016 “Making Some Noise” and I have started a list of many ways that I can do that!

    • speakerlauncher

      Excellent!!! I’ll be listening!