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Check Out Quinn Conyers Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Quinn Conyers.

Hi Quinn, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I moved to Baltimore Maryland in 2007 knowing only 1 person from Washington DC after finishing up my Master’s Degree from Howard University. Little did I know, I would meet my husband, birth 2 babies, 2 businesses, and call this place home. I started my journey in the non-profit industry raising funds.

Instead of asking donors to give to charity 1 on 1, I gave group presentations that maximized my time and ability to connect with more people. 4 years later, I ended up raising over $4.5 million dollars for over 300 charitable organizations serving Baltimore City. At the same time, I ended up starting a bag business with my then-boyfriend (now husband).

We started doing home parties for women and their friends showcasing the latest handbags, pocketbooks, purses, and clutches. However, we quickly realized that the business model wasn’t the most profitable so we ended up getting licensed with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and African American sororities. We sold out purses at the convention and regional conferences as well as numerous Homecomings growing a 6-figure bag business with about 6 clutch consultants to support us.

However, we transitioned the business when I became pregnant with my first son. Now, I serve as an Energetic Emcee and Moderator for various multi-day conferences, events, and conventions. My goal is to use the same energy and enthusiasm I had to sell purses to transform events into epic experiences using my gift of gab.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Giving up my purse business to focus on being a mom was tough but needed and necessary. I could no longer sustain the business model due to the heavy amount of travel it required. But it also re-energized the speaker in me. Before I was running my bag business Purse Paparazzi I was a speaker.

The problem was I couldn’t get people to pay me consistently for my message of inspiration, education, and motivation so I got discouraged and stopped and put all my energy into the bag business. One day, a friend of mine asked me when was the next time I was speaking.

I told her I wasn’t anymore and that I quit. That’s when she told me that I wasn’t good at speaking, but I was anointed to speak. She broke my silence and that’s when I decided to go back into speaking. This journey leads me to be a keynote speaker, and trainer and host my own events. But the real joy came from me focusing on being a professional Event Emcee and Host right in the midst of the pandemic.

People quickly realized that when everything went virtual they needed to keep the audience engaged AND educated so the opportunities began to pour in and I haven’t looked back despite a few people telling me event organizers don’t pay people to Emcee. I’m glad I didn’t listen to them but followed my gut and God.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m an elite business athlete and public speaking is my sport. I specialize in partnering with event organizers by transforming their multi-day event, conference, or convention into an epic experience as an energetic Event Emcee. I use my speaking superpower to be vibrant so the attendees are fully present for the event from start to finish.

I overcome any obstacles that can happen during a live or virtual event while keeping the events on time reducing the anxiety of the conference planner. I also introduce each speaker or sponsor by going beyond their bio so the audience is eager and excited to learn. Next, I connect the main points of each speaker so the audience walks away with tangible tips they can use right away to expand in their business or career.

Lastly, I give even my E-factor which is a beautiful blend of energy, engagement, and excitement to be the calm in case anything chaotic happens. I consider myself the ultimate insurance policy for event organizers who want to activate their audience and build relationship revenue that will have them buzzing during and after the event.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
Here are the top lessons I learned.

1. Your genius is in your normal. Just because someone else has not succeeded in doing what you want to do, doesn’t mean that will be your story.

2. Decide to be peaceful and paid versus booked and busy. The speaking industry can burn you out. So selecting a business model that energizes you instead of draining you needs to be a priority.

3. You can profit from public speaking IF you know how to package, position, and pitch yourself to people who invest in your time of speaking services.

4. Often times you might be the example. So get comfortable being a trailblazer or pioneer.

5. Listen to your gut or God they are always talking, but we must turn up our ears and listen.

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