Decades ago, I was first a stewardess then a few decades later I re-entered the airline industry as a flight attendant before becoming one of their area sales and marketing managers. Travel was my life during those years. Keeping a prep bag was mandatory!
Before being senior enough to hold a line, I was on call. My prep bag was always ready the minute I returned home from a trip. Clean clothes, refreshed makeup supplies, and emergency essentials. The call to serve came at unexpected times but it was my job to be ready for the unexpected summons.
As a speaker, I’ve found keeping a prep bag forever ready is a rescuer too! When a panic call comes in from a friend, a loyal event planner, or a women’s ministry leader who is caught in a crisis, I can grab my prep pack and race to her aid.
These panic calls constantly begin the same, “Carolyn, I need your help!” Or “I know, it’s last minute, but I need your help because….”
Since I’ve been in such a stressful situation myself when hosting events, I try my best to help out. My trusty prep bag is permanently packed and ready for such an emergency. It is also the first thing to be stashed in my big travel bag for scheduled bookings.
What are my rescue supplies in my Speaker Prep Bag?
- A thumb drive that has an outline of all my presentations, handouts, and supplies needed for each presentation Mini props if travel doesn’t allow for full scale props
- Phone charger
- Mini-flash light
- A long scarf
- 4 Thumb tacks
- Scotch Tape
- Hotel sewing kit
- Mini Mouth Wash
- Tooth brush and paste
- Deodorant stone
- Hair brush
- Nail file
- Band aids
- Pillow case
What do you keep in you rescue bag?
A prep bag has aided me in the past and it’s a reliable friend today when I receive a panic call. Being prepared helps a speaker manage stress with grace.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins is an example of being prepared.
At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
10 …The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut…
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”
Matthew 25: 1-8, 10, 13 (NIV)
May you always be prepared when called to be a Christian communicator called to speak as an ambassador for Christ.