Starting on her college campus, Linnita Hosten began a life of service at the age of 19. Serving in various student leadership and community engagement roles, Linnita developed a passion for youth development in the areas of student leadership, character education and real-world readiness.
Currently, the national speaker and author provides content-packed and researched based empowerment programing for organizations, universities and community groups that serve young women.
With over 400 hours of presentation delivery and an 84 % referral rate, Linnita has had the privilege of speaking for United States Army, Georgetown University, Howard University, Washington Redskins Cheerleaders and many other notable organizations.
“ If your lips say you can’t, maybe you can but if your mind says you can than you will,” Linnita Hosten.
More about Linnita
Linnita believes that success starts with the mind and ends with the desire to see your plan to completion.
The hybrid-prenuer is an adjunct instructor of Speech Communication at Anne Arundel Community College and a communications professional at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
The published author wrote the book The College Strategy: How Ambitious Students Create Workplace Value on Campus.
Linnita received a bachelors of science degree in Mass Communication from Towson University and a masters of science degree in Nonprofit Management and Association Leadership from the University of Maryland, University College. She currently serves as an Executive Board Member for the Towson University Alumni Association and other community organizations.
In her spare time Linnita loves to spend quality time with her 17 year-old musically talented sister Makenzie.
How I Started Speaking
I was having lunch with a business colleague and very abruptly he asked me,
“Have you thought about speaking? I’ve watched you interact with crowds and how they respond to you. YOU NEED TO BE SPEAKING TO THESE YOUTH.”
I was flattered but I sat in silence with an array of thoughts running through my head…. “UMMM… I’m not really a fan of public light. I don’t know…. I’m young…would people take my message serious? I have enough on my plate…”
I went home that night and thought more about it. I thought about every time I took the podium or stage on behalf of the University System of Maryland. Technically I was already a speaker—who had already been exposed to thousands of students, parents and educators across the state of Maryland.
As an outreach liaison for USM, I was being sent out to conferences, workshops, panel discussions, Back-to-School Nights and PTA meetings, to lead dialogue on college preparation and high school success. And to be quite frank, I was extremely GOOD!
You name it, I had experienced it:
An audience NOT INITIALLY interested in your speaking topic
Only two event attendees
Shy or quiet audiences
Noisy and inattentive audiences
Equipment malfunctioning presentations
Standing room only events
Stadium seating events
Gymnasium school assemblies
The list goes onnnnn……….
SO……I rationalized, what’s the difference? The only difference is… this time it would be MY message to world.
I decided to go for it! I started by studying other speakers who served a similar target audience. I read quite of few books. I was extremely observant when attending conferences, workshops and group-led settings.
I started collecting testimonials every time I spoke. For the first 5 engagements, I invited a videographer and photographer. The images were used to build credibility and proof that my message to students was relevant and engaging.
I began branding with photo shoots, a website, press kit, business cards, and social media mediums….the rest is history.
To this day, I credit my transition to building my platform as a speaker to a good friend of mine Maurice A. Kinsey. Maurice was the friend at lunch that day. He poured into my business by helping me establish my online presence and connecting me to conference opportunities.
How I Started Speaking
The journey as a speaker has been incredible. I have influenced and inspired thousands of students from elementary to college-aged audiences. I’ve had people ask me how do I measure if my messages resonate with my audience and I respond:
“84% of my speaking engagements have been by referral.”
I always smile when I read that :). It’s an awesome feeling to know people can count on you to come and do exactly what YOU said you COULD do! For me that has always been inspiring young people to make use of their natural skills and abilities! If you are visiting my site today and read through this bio of mine, I hope these 3 things resonated with you:
- If you set your mind to accomplish something, see it through to completion.
- Whatever it is that you want to accomplish, it does NOT have to be accomplished alone.
- Sometimes it takes the voice of others to speak to you for you to consider operating OUT of our comfort zone.
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