Opinions Needed

Photo courtesy of Flickr by TOM81115

Photo courtesy of Flickr by TOM81115

One of the things I’m often asked is if I speak at churches or events.
And I do.
So I finally stopped dragging my feet and found a way to share clips of me speaking. This required lots of sleuthing and then pretty much begging the hubs to teach me a thing or two about video editing, however I think I only want to post one snippet for viewers to see.
Any chance you can help me decide?
If you have a minute or two, take a look at the YouTube videos below and let me know what you think. Which video would you choose to feature on my *Speaking* page?
You should be able to comment by scrolling to the top right. If you are having difficulties commenting (someone shared they were having problems recently), email me at dabneyhedegard@gmail.com.

  1. Brenda says:

    I enjoyed them all, so I’m no help to you. lol

  2. Jeanette Murphy says:

    I think they’re all great, but if I had to choose, it would be #2

  3. Paula Mantrozos says:

    definitely #2–lets you see the transition and really draws you in to hear more! 2nd choice #3 3rd choice #1–but all are good!

    • dabneyhedegard says:

      You know it’s interesting, I thought people would lean towards #1. Thanks so much for letting me know your thoughts.

  4. Maria W. says:

    Hi–I’m new to your blog and I reviewed all three snippets and I liked #1 because it was so engaging and I really liked watching you describe your marriage and just a little of your story. I think this one leaves a person wanting to hear much more from you. #2, on the other hand, was lots of ‘your story’ but it takes away some of the intrigue and if I came to hear you speak, I’d already know it. #3 says you were very ill and tells how God ministered to you through His Word. I would choose #1 as my favorite, though. My husband wants me to get your book!! I can’t wait to read the whole story! If you were coming to Illinos, I’d come to hear you speak! Blessings to you! Like I said, I just discovered your blog while looking up the word, “HOPE”!!!

    • dabneyhedegard says:

      Hello, Maria!
      I can’t believe you found this blog by googling *hope*. That’s pretty cool! And, I’d have to say my favorite clip is the first clip…probably because it seems a little happier. I’d rather smile throughout the whole presentation, but some parts are a little more serious.
      I’m so thankful you found the site and commented! You’ve made my night.

  5. Anonymous says:

    #2 best, but could be a little shorter (sounds like it is directly from the book); #3 next–except you promise to tell “my favorite story”, then don’t tell it; only tells the favored Bible verse of hope;
    #1 next–a little too short, too much walking back & forth; you look a little tense.
    If you’re doing one to “be the real thing”, watch to stay in the lighted section of stage; gestures could be a little more dramatic (like when you’re told you have this huge mass in your chest). Can’t sign below…Lois Blackburn

    • dabneyhedegard says:

      I’ll take your critique any day of the week! Yay, my favorite editor! I’m so glad you offered your advice. Thank you!!! I can edit # 2 back. I like this suggestion. Again, thanks for taking the time to comment!!! (Do you think I can add anymore exclamation points????) 😉

  6. Snippet #2. Shows you as less than perfect which will endear you to the audience (because you’re beautiful and they might be jealous at the beginning and not wanting to like you–grin) and leaps right into the problem in the marriage and then smacks the listener with the Big Problem. That’s me as a fiction writer looking at this. Didn’t watch it all the way through. Might want to end on a cliffhanger clip within it.

    • dabneyhedegard says:

      Oooh, I like your insight. Thanks for sharing. And, I think I’ll shorten the second clip as you suggested. Thanks!

  7. Holly Cheromcka says:

    I enjoyed them all as well, but agree with most people here ~ number 2. It shares a fair bit of your story, and also your heart. I look forward to reading/ hearing more! Holly Cheromcka

    • dabneyhedegard says:

      Thanks for your feedback. I think I’m leaning towards this one too!

  8. Diane Oliver says:

    Well, you know that I liked all three. I have never heard you speak before and I found them all great. It is hard for me to pick. I kind of liked number 1 best, but number 2 gave us the biggest issue, your health. I agree with the lady who thought it was a little long, but then again I didn’t see anywhere else to cut it off. One other thing I would like to say is that I love you & Jason & the children. I miss you all.

    • Rebecca Landreth says:

      Dabney- I reviewed all three, and after reading your book, can see where each scene comes into play. I read that book in two days, but going to go back and read again, and again. I love to see how God has taken over your life, and given you “life”. If I had to pick one of these scenes- I would pick #1. It gives the insight of where you were during that time, and what happened to make those changes of your life/marriage to be stronger and to the point of where/what you have today. If you are ever in Palmetto/Bradenton for a speaking engagement, please be sure to post those dates/times. I would love to hear you in person- it’s been a long time! Love to you, Bekka

    • dabneyhedegard says:

      We love and miss you sooo much, Mrs. Diane. 🙂

  9. kim says:

    #2 drew me in…altho you are as cute as a button in #1! 🙂 wow! you are such a good speaker! do you get nervous or is it just natural for you?? 🙂

    • dabneyhedegard says:

      Ok, you have to know I laughed pretty hard when I read your comment because I used to be afraid of public speaking, even though I was a Theatre major in college! I ended up joining Toastmasters and spent a good amount of time overcoming my fears many years ago. For the record, most speakers are a little nervous before presenting. This is normal and welcomed. It’s kind of similar to a football player about to run onto the field before an important game. They’re excited. They’re anxious, and they need to be pumped up so they can play their best. Nerves give you that extra umph needed up on stage. Does that make sense? Learning how to use the nerves to your advantage is the key. 🙂
      Thanks for voting!

  10. Barbara Anderson says:

    Dabney I love them all, but if I had to choose, I’d choose #2. Love and miss you. Aunt Barb

  11. Cheryl Plourde says:

    I like number 2 but I think you did a wonderful job on all of them!

  12. WOW, you are a great writer AND a great speaker, Dabney!
    I like all three clips, but #2 is my favorite. I hope you’ll post some longer videos in the future.

  13. laurabennet says:

    I like them all, but #2 is my favorite. Can’t wait to learn more about your life!

  14. I have to say # 2

  15. Looks like it’s number 2. You must have already chosen as I can’t view the other two. Looking forward to getting to know you further through your book. God bless.

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