how to find your moving message

293: How to Find Your Moving Message

Hey, Movers!

Is your message really hitting home?

Maybe you’re struggling with how on earth you sum up your life in one message, because that’s really, really hard to do. Maybe you talk to multiple audiences and you’re not quite sure what to say to who and when.

This episode is a deep dive into my Moving Message exercise, which can be found in the FREE Get Started with Speaking Guidebook at

Grab your guidebook and let’s talk about the three ways to find that moving message!  


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Inspiration The Moving Message pushes us to step out front in a more personal way, more authentic way, and make sure that we're not just saying what everybody else is saying, but really finding our own personal, unique approach and owning that.




Is your message really hitting home. Maybe you’re struggling with how on earth you sum up your life. In one message because that’s really, really hard to do. Maybe you talk to multiple audiences and you’re not quite sure what to say to who when. Well, here’s the deal we need to help you find your moving message. Let’s go

📍 Hey movers, Sally, easy with be moved. Let’s go create some talks that will move this world. We’re going to talk with amazing speakers, share tips, tricks, resources. We are going to be.

Hey everybody. Welcome back to this. Moved me. Thanks so much for being here. My name is Sally Z. If you don’t know me, I am your speaker coach, and I help empower purpose driven, big hearted entrepreneurs like you to leverage the power of speaking so you can grow your impact and your authority. And finally leave the frustration and time suck of unrecognition behind. In other words, help you step up front with more confidence and clarity. Are you ready? Let’s dive in because today on the show, what is moving me? Is your moving message. What is your moving message you ask? Well, the moving message is this trifecta of three really important considerations that you want to think about as you put together, any message, but especially.

For your signature talk, a core message that will help you speak more with more resonance, to your message, make sure that your message is on point and help you become the go-to a known quantity in your industry. And if you don’t have your moving message figured out, you’re probably off the mark in some way or another, because this trifecta will help take you from an expert.

Topical speakers. To a thought leader. And that is what we’re going for. Now. This episode is, is a deep dive into this moving message. Exercise. That is a part of the get started with speaking guidebook that is a new resource that just came out recently. And this moving message exercise is one of my all time favorite things to do with people because it pushes us to step out front in a more personal way, more authentic way, and make sure that we’re not just saying what everybody else is saying, but really finding our own personal, unique approach and owning that in a powerful.

And that’s important because as speakers, we are thought leaders, we need to embrace this idea of thought leadership speaking is persuasion, right? So making your perspective distinct and owning that perspective it’s essential. If you want to become known in your industry.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being an expert to kind of topical no house speaker. Those can be in high demand sometimes. And sometimes they pay pretty well. And those are people who just share with you the, how tos. Here are the kind of the insider secrets on things. And I do a lot of that.

It’s important, right? Cause we’re giving people valuable information, but that’s not how we become a known quantity owner industry. It is not how you become a keynote speaker. It’s not how you get on those biggest stages. We can still offer a valuable how to information as a part of a signature talk and as a part of being a keynote speaker. You don’t have to just talk about ideas and those big highfalutin things, but there are a lot of how to speakers who never step out front with their perspective and their moving message. And that’s what we are going. So number one, you’ve got to make sure that you have your guidebook.

Now you can grab that over at, be forward slash GSS. If you don’t have it already. And if you don’t grab the guidebook, you’re still going to get a ton out of this, but there’s so much good stuff in this guide book that you’re really going to want.


Now once you have it, you’re going to see in the book that one of the first things that I talk about in there is identifying your moving message.

And this is really a triple Venn diagram. It’s three circles coming together. Now this Venn diagram is a goodie because it’s triple. The first circle is you and who you are.

The second circle is your audience who they are, right? Then the third circle down here. That’s your purpose? So let’s talk about each one of those a little bit more. So you, that first circle, that seems pretty obvious, right? Because you are a speaker you’re up there, you’re sharing your expertise, your ideas, you know, and speaking is really personal.

It’s your stories, your what, you know, how did you get to where you are right now? All of this is pretty obvious. Importantly, your talk should feel authentic to you. It should be different than my talk. If we were given the same script, you would do it differently than I would. There’d be parts of that, that you would change just like there would be parts of it that I would change because we’re different people.

We have different perspectives. We’re going to bring different insights into this different stories. We’re going to show up differently in our bodies. All of this matters. When you think about who you are, And how you show up and the clearer we can be about who you are and what you in particular have to bring to the moment out front.

Well, the clear other people can be about whether or not you are for them or they are for you. And that’s really good because you’re not for everybody and everybody’s not for you unless, unless maybe you’re Oprah, right.

Ben you’re a magical a word that I like to use when we’re thinking about who you are and how you show up in this moving message is the word distinction. Or differentiation, what makes you unique, especially when you are in an industry where there a lot of other people who are also out there talking about maybe even something similar.

So how are you different from them and what are your ideas? How are your ideas different. Where do you Zig where everybody else. That’s really powerful to know, because you want to lean into what makes you different, your distinctions and your differentiations, which is the same thing as distinctions.

But I still like using both of those words. Now thinking about you, the you part of the Venn diagram, and that’s just where we start, but it can’t be all we think about of course, because we speak to people and the whole point of speaking is to talk to others and move them somewhere. We don’t just want people to sit there and passively take it in and go there.

And walk away. Right. We want to do something with this interaction. So essentially we are persuading with our talks. So who are you persuading? Who is this for? What do they need and what do you in particular offer to them? What are their challenges? What’s the situation that they find themselves in right now?

What are their needs? What are their ideas? What are their preconceived notions that they maybe even have about you or your topic, or your idea? The more you know about audience the better. Now this is another kind of no dust situation, because we always talk about, you got to know your audience, who’s your audience know your audience, and yes, of course.

We’re going to think a little bit about that, but I want you to think about what happens when those two circles come together, what you in particular bring to this moment and where that overlaps with this particular audience. So what is it that you in particular can offer these folks based on where they are at and what they are struggling with right now?

So that little magical combo is where you want to focus your energy, because it’s a pretty powerful combo. Now, a few things to note here. If you talk to multiple audiences. So people say to me a lot, like, well, Sally, I don’t just talk to one audience. I talk to lots of different audiences and I don’t really want to choose.

And what if I choose the wrong audience and I build this whole talk for this audience, and then this opportunity comes up over here and here is what I would say to you about that. I want you to focus on your ideal audience who do you love talking to? Who if you’re like, if I could talk to any group who is.

Because any talk is aspirational as we are building it. This is theoretical. It’s aspirational. Let’s build it for what you want to be doing, who you want to be talking to. And maybe you want to ask yourself not just who you love talking to, but who needs it? Who might pay for you to speak to them, especially if that is important to you right now.

And you want to build speaking as a revenue generator in your business, because why not? People let’s do it right? Where the low hanging fruit, like maybe there’s a bunch of people who have been asking for you to speak to them. Well, maybe you’re like, well, let me build something for that low hanging fruit.

And maybe you can find some low-hanging fruit that you love to talk to and who needs you and they’ll pay you well, well, winner winner chicken dinner. Let’s do more of that, huh? Totally. Okay. Now that may not be the ideal scenario for you. So if you are finding yourself in this situation where you talk to multiple audiences and you’re not sure what to do.

All you have to do is choose. Just pick one to build your moving message around, and then you know what you can do because here’s, what’s so cool about a signature talk is you don’t just use it with one audience you turn around and you apply it to different audiences and customize it for them.

Every audience is a little bit different. Right. Every situation is different. So every talk is going to be customized, including who your audience is, what time of day it is, how tired they are, what they just got done, doing, where they came from, where they’re going to next. I mean, there’s a lot to think about with audience.

So we might as well set yourself up for the ideal scenario because you’re going to be customizing it anyway. We’ve got two powerful Venn diagrams. We’ve got you and your audience, how you in particular can help and work with and empower and move this particular audience. But we cannot stop there.

Most people stop there. They’re like, that’s what I’m thinking about. Me, my audience, how I can serve. When you do that and you stop there, you end up in expert zone versus thought leadership. We are moving you into a thought leadership zone. Persuasive speaking, persuasive.

Speaking needs us to add a one more layer on that third circle on the bottom. And that is Purpose Purpose is perspective that meets the urgency of now. That is a, your perspective. What you think, what you have to say, your commentary, your point of view, your insight meeting, the urgency of it. So that last circle is really all about, because my assumption here is that your business and your idea is rooted in your purpose.

So another way to think about your purpose is your business. Right. Your idea, what you have to say and why it’s needed. Now, this is the part that is opinion it’s perspective, and it’s the part that some people shy away from because they don’t want to. Make waves. They don’t want to say something that other people might react or respond to, but that is truly what thought leadership is, is to put our insight and perspective out there knowing that not everybody agrees with it, but you’re there to help move them in one direction or another.

What what’s going on in the world right now that demands this message. Because truthfully your business should be situated in the urgency of now that’s marketing. Why is this a need? Because without the why this message, it just, it doesn’t fly.

This is the why this third little piece right here is. So we have you, we have your audience, and then we have your purpose in that little trifecta. There is your moving message. Now there is a lot more in the guidebook along with this moving message piece, but this, this episode is a great deep dive on the moving message.

So I’m going to actually, I hope that everybody who has the guidebook listens to this episode, because it’s really explains it in depth and in a way that will help you make sense of that one stop on the guidebook.

But if you heard last week, we talked through those three big areas, the signature talk, your skills and the scaling. And for the next few weeks, I’m taking one thing in each of those sections and doing a little bit of a deep dive into an element. In the guidebook so that you can really get the most out of this guidebook.

My goal here is to take more people from this place where they’re like, well, I’m kind of speaking. I’m kind of doing it to getting serious about your speaking, really leveraging it and getting you out front. And as the thought leader that you are. And all of this is leading up to our fall launch of the signature talk studio. You’ve probably heard me talk about it before my friends, because this is going to be the fourth cohort of the signature talks studio doors 📍 open on October 7th.

So know that that is coming, which is always an exciting time because I get to meet more speakers and help them launch their signature talks out into the world. It’s pretty awesome for now. I hope that you will go grab this resource to help you take the next step in your journey to become a capital S.

Head to be forward slash G S S thanks again for joining me on the show. 300 episodes. We are almost there. So how should we celebrate?

What do you think? What, what should we do? I would love to hear from you. I would love to hear what have been some of those aha moments that you’ve had for yourself over the last 300 episodes. It’s maybe a favorite guest that we’ve had in the show or a favorite moment or a moment when you know, I, I shared some outtakes that reminded you that nobody’s perfect.

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All right. My friends, thanks for joining me here on the show. This moved me this week. What is moving you go, boop. Boop. Grateful for you guys. See you next week.

I can say that with seriousness, without the why the message doesn’t fly?


Sally Z

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