People sometimes ask me what I do as a Motivational Speaker. I say, “I help individuals, sports teams and organizations passionately pursue their purpose and work towards fulfilling their goals and dreams.” They say, “Vera, you’ve got that gift of gab, you probably do it with ease!” Perhaps, but it’s more true to say I do it with“E’s!”
Yes, you see in leadership and life in general, we are only as EFFECTIVE or EFFICIENT as we are EMPOWERED, ENLIGHTENED, ENCOURAGED, EMPATHIC, and ENTHUSED! Speaking only comes easy to me because I try to exhibit these E’s as a communicator and I’m always teaching and helping others to embrace these same characteristics to achieve success.
I’m committed to doing all things with “E’s” in my endeavors to educate and inspire diverse audiences all over the world. Whether I am called upon as a motivational speaker, a corporate trainer, a life-skills or communication coach, a stage performer, or a television/radio broadcaster, I absolutely love what I do because it’s all done with “E’s!”
A marketing strategist once asked me, “What makes you different? What separates your style from any other motivational speaker or trainer?” This I found to be a great question. I guess that’s why he made the big bucks! I knew I could say that I had a gift or knack for speaking to large groups of people. However, as intimidating as public speaking can be, tons of folks can say the same thing. I had always quipped that I’m real. I’m funny. And quite often I’m real funny. But everyone nowadays thinks he or she is a comedian, so there’s not a whole lot of uniqueness in stating that either. So I think the answer may lie in the words of a former ESPN executive I once worked for who said, “You have a gift, a natural presence that makes people feel like they are having a deep conversation and a cup of coffee with their favorite sister or best friend.” “Wow!” I thought! “No wonder I love to hear myself talk!”
I think that’s it. That’s the connection I thrive on as a communicator because I believe that sister or best friend will tell you the hard truths, offer you new perspectives, empathically understand your challenges, and encourage you to do your best to be your best. She will share how she has fought to overcome her fair share of adversity so that you may be inspired to overcome yours. The way this sister and best friend sees it, everyone has a story. Some of us just happen to either be brave enough, gifted enough, or crazy enough to stand up and tell it so that it might meaningfully impact others. What makes me special is I am just enough of all three!
I’m Vera Jones, and I’m a Faith-filled Motivational Speaker. I’m empowered with the belief that ordinary people are capable of extraordinary accomplishments. I also believe effective communication is the key to building meaningful relationships and successful businesses. I’m a living testimony that life is full of adversity, and how we choose to overcome our challenges most deeply defines our strength of character. I will challenge you to take a good look in the mirror and see if your “purpose” is staring back. I fulfill my purpose every time I motivate you to passionately pursue yours.
P.S. I’m very loveable and funny.
Vera continuously educates and inspires diverse audiences for Christian seminars, athletic team building, corporate leadership workshops, communication training, small business and community empowerment sessions, women's and African American special interest conferences, diversity forums, book clubs, scholastic youth programs and so much more! Her penchant for captivating audiences lies in her genuineness, insightfulness and her ability to make presentations interactive and fun. Here are just a few of her speaker topics:
•Play Through the Foul (Overcoming Adversity and Winning at the Game of Life)
•The Only Sun (A Youth/Adult Empowerment Ministry on Being Uniquely Created)
•New Best Friend (A Lesson on Vision and Faith)
•Ain’t Life a Biscuit? (A Humorous Presentation of Life for All Ages)
•Passionately Play Your Position (A Hit for Athletic and Corporate Motivation)
•P.E.T.E.R. (Christian Principles of Effective Communication in Leadership)
When my son Andrew was 12 years old, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. As a single parent I thought I had grown pretty resilient to managing challenging life situations. But nothing could have prepared me for the news I received one fateful morning in March of 2010 – nothing except a little voice of Faith that spoke to me from a divinely poetic tale God placed in my spirit. It was a poem about a woman who was suddenly encouraged to "Stop hanging out with Worry and Doubt and make Faith your New Best Friend." I came to realize this message wasn’t just meant for me, but for anyone and everyone in need of a little faith. Originally only available as a digital download, here it is now, autographed as a paper book for the world to read, to heal and to grow with Faith!
For e-book downloadable versions of New Best Friend and Play Through the Foul - Basketball Lessons for the Game of Life, please visit www.firstonepublishing.com.
Adversity knows no prejudice…Everyone gets fouled in the game of life. Grounded with this observation, Vera presents the life-changing concept of Play Through the Foul. Whether you are pursuing growth personally or professionally, this is a must read guaranteed to make you laugh a little, cry a little and be empowered to live a lot! Vera creatively weaves a collection of true stories into eight coaching concepts that will help you develop the winner’s mindset to overcome setbacks and challenges to achieve the success you most desire:
• Know It’s A Contact Sport
• Get In Shape, Stay In Shape
• Be Coachable
• Handle the Ball
• Make the Assist
• Rebound Relentlessly
• Passionately Play Your Position
• Defend Your Goal
“I’ve had my fair share of adversity and challenges, so I get it - there is nothing fun about being fouled! But there is something very rewarding in playing through the foul and overcoming your obstacles. I liken it to scoring the extra free throw that wins the game! My ultimate goal is to fulfill my purpose of being an encourager and a motivator. So I commit myself through my speaking, through my writing and through humor and good works to assist others to focus on their goals and Play Through the Foul to win. In accomplishing this, I win too! ~ Vera
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