Images In The Media: My First Keynote Address

I’m going to be honest emceeing and moderating events are more my speed. After all my days aren’t spent speaking to a crowd, but instead a camera and a photographer. So that’s why when my friend Erin (that’s Dr. Lynch-Alexander to you) sent me a text while I was at work a few weeks ago, I paused:

Erin: Sooooooooo would you be willing to serve as a keynote for my chapter’s scholarship luncheon March 28.
Me: I’m not an important person.

I mentioned it to my friend Faith, who is a producer at the station, as she passed by my desk a short time later. And she said without skipping a beat, “You better let the Lord use you!” And then she put some stank on it, “we are…what…stepping out of our… comfort zone. Isn’t that what you said?” (Or something like that.) She was referring to this blog that I posted a few weeks ago.

(Pause: You know you have real friends, really good friends, when they can put you in your place in a blink of an eye! No is not an option. No tiptoeing in my camp! No ma’am.)

She was right! So I got my phone to text Erin…

Me: I’ll call you on my way home.

(a little later she replied- in response to all of my texts)

Erin: Whatever!!!! Hahaha! You’re important to me! That’s all that matters.

So I agreed to give my first ever keynote address at the Zeta Phi Beta Scholarship Tea this past Saturday. I was asked to discuss images in the media and I could say whatever I wanted. So it started consuming me. (There are very few things I’m lukewarm about. Either I’m all in or all out.) I started thinking about what I wanted to say while cooking, brushing my teeth, driving to work, day in and day out.

The goal wasn’t to keep it cute, but to keep it real from my perspective.

So this is what I came up with:

I’m not going to lie, I was sweating! (TMI) But the warmth of the audience made me feel like I was talking to friends. They laughed at my jokes and encouraged me.

This was a first I’ll never forget! I hope to get the chance to do it again!!!

Thank you Zeta’s!

** Author, entrepreneur and former CBS anchor Rene Syler introduced me to the term “keyboard courage.”
**Huffington Post Article That I Quoted






  1. Tiane
    March 30, 2015

    Great job! I am very proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone and accepting this invitation. Your speech was insightful and it was courageous of you to share your own vulnerabilities when it comes to being in front of the camera. I am sure you gave those ladies a lot to ponder now as they watch the news, especially the fact that it’s not as easy as it looks. You have one keynote speech done, now get ready for the many more that are going to come your way! Remember, “Let the Lord use you!”

    • admindreatvadmin
      March 31, 2015

      Thanks sis!!

  2. MUM
    March 30, 2015

    Aundrea my dear. I so agree with Faith”s statement: “You better let the Lord use you!” All I can say is be encouraged and get ready because God is about to use you in mighty ways. It might not be what you want, but something you can’t refuse when delivered. Keep on keeping on, stay focused and know that we are with you every step of the way. Great job. So proud of you. MUM

  3. Faith
    March 30, 2015

    Comfort Zone no more! I’m proud of you. Thanks for sharing!

    • admindreatvadmin
      March 31, 2015

      Thanks! And thanks for the stank 🙂 I needed it!

  4. Ore Adams
    March 31, 2015

    You make us so proud! God has bigger plans for you. Forever in your corner cheering you on.

    • admindreatvadmin
      April 1, 2015

      That means a lot! Thank you!

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