Helping outside with livestock and other chores was expected. When it was time for a dairy barn inspection, everyone pitched in to make it shine. When it was time to pick rocks from the fields so the machinery wouldn't be damaged, everyone pitched in. When the cattle got out or calves needed to be sorted, everyone pitched in. Cows had to be milked. Crops had to be planted. Hay had to be baled. That's just the way it was.
As our kids moved away, I reminded them that they should add "helped on family dairy farm" to their resumes, regardless of the position or type of work they were applying for. Of course they rolled their eyes at my suggestion but a couple of them actually followed my advice. (at least they admitted it)
Last fall I received a call from our 20-year old daughter who's attended college in Provo, UT. She said, "Mom, thanks so much for telling me to add helping on the farm to my resume. I didn't understand why you would suggest I do that since I wasn't applying for a job on a farm... But, I added that to the job I just applied to. That was the first thing the business manager asked me about during my interview. I explained what chores and jobs I helped with on our farm. He nodded his head and said, "Then you know how to work". I was offered the job on the spot even though they still had other people to interview!"
It was one of the best "mom" phone calls I've ever received!
Here's the big reason why I'm sharing this with you: Most people talk a good work but don't deliver. This is true of speakers, too! How many times have you heard a presentation and struggled to stay attentive and involved? You want to be the kind of speaker that is noticed because you roll up your sleeves and show your audience how to get results.
When submitting an application or query to speak, demonstrate the results your clients are getting and how you'll teach the audience to get better results, too. Include testimonials that are specific and relevant to your topic. Avoid getting caught up in the fancy speaker promotional brochures, etc. Focus instead on how you help the audience get results and make the person who brought you in look really, really, good.