Maybe I would, but I wasn't that optimistic.
My mentality going in then, was not focused on sales. Instead, I focused on encouraging the women I'd be speaking to.
My mission was to connect with their hearts in my 15 short minutes, and breathe life into their current struggle, whatever it was, by sharing the life I'd found in my own struggle.
I prepared, as I do with any speaking engagement, carefully planning what I'd say, rehearsing it so I wouldn't bumble over my words, and deliver a smooth, hopefully powerful story that encourages others somehow.
I was one of three presenters that evening. When all the speakers had taken their turns, the group of women (a third of whom were speakers themselves) were released to coffee and snacks.
What happened next surprised me.