Does My Faith Scare You?
A Word For Event Coordinators
I still remember the look in the event coordinator’s eyes when she found out I was a Christian. I thought she was going to get sick! She was very scared and it showed. I’m still not sure to this day what her previous experience with a Christian speaker had been, but obviously it was a bad one. I thought it was strange that she didn’t know I was a Christian ahead of time, since I’ve never tried to conceal the fact. I asked her if there was a problem and she responded with stammering words: “We uh…did NOT know you were a CHRISTIAN speaker! Now I feel lied to!” I must admit,I was a bit shocked at that response, but I reassured her of the following:
As a believer in Jesus and His teachings:
a) I do not condone lying in any form. I do everything to be forthright and complete in my discussions and contracts with you as well as the Christian presentations I do. I apply this to my presentations and to my interactions with your audience as well. In order to be truthful, I need you informed of my faith but also for you to understand my boundaries.
b) I will not “bait and switch” at your event. This means I will not say anything just to get in the door with your organization and then disregard our discussions and contracts simply to fulfill my own agenda or a religious agenda. This also means that I will NOT talk in religious overtones or try to convert anyone at your event if you are a public school or strictly secular venue. I assume you DO NOT want a Christian message UNLESS you specifically ASK for one.
c) I will conduct myself in a professional and respectful manner around your audience members, leadership and staff members even while “not on the clock” so-to-speak. I live my message in front of the people around me. Integrity is a valuable asset to me.
d) If you are a Youth Organization, School, or will have youth at your facility,I will look out for the youth like I work for you. I am very careful to protect your youth from all things that may hurt them in any form. I will ask you to make sure I am never left alone in a room or elevator with them. This is my way of setting an example to them and to your staff. Protect your youth and your speakers by applying this rule. Unfortunately we live in a world where these things need to be dealt with.
I am not ashamed of my faith but you are the event coordinator, not me. I am there to fill a need that you have decided could use my professional help. I will act in a professional manner. If there are any difficulties I try to handle them with reason. Conflicts are handled as quickly and as peaceably as possible. If you need to discuss things I am always available to do so. I value you and understand your concerns.
I hope that in the end of your time with me, you will have enjoyed the experience so well, you will refer me to many others. – Shaun A. Hays
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