The main Speak Up Conference begins as 6:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, June 27. However, for some of you who are able to arrive on Wednesday night or Thursday morning, there are several pre-conference options from which you can select additional learning opportunities. If you are arriving early, be sure to register for the optional lunch and/or dinner that will be available at The Prince Conference Center that day.
Here are your choices:
Noon, Thursday — $10 — Baked Potato Bar Lunch (Optional–register on the cart) Baked Idaho potatoes served with a variety of toppings; butter, sour cream, chopped bacon, grated cheddar, steamed broccoli, cheddar cheese sauce, a mini salad bar, fruit salad and beverage.
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Writers’ Pre-Conference Option
$75 – Book Proposal Studio
As featured at the Maranatha and Florida Christian Writer’s Conferences, this studio is a pre-conference favorite. Be prepared to leave this 4-hour intensive with your completed proposal (or one-sheet) to hand out to agents and editors at the Speak Up Conference. Download the instructions of what you need to have prepared ahead of time. Come prepared to work on your fiction or non-fiction book proposal (or one-sheet) and be ready with this face-to-face meeting must-have! Presented by Kim de Blecourt and Kathy Bruins. (click for printable directions)
Speakers’ Pre-Conference Options
Videotaping & Critiquing of Speeches – Times will be assigned based on your arrival plans for specific appointments between 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$35 — 5-minute video presentation with a one-to-one critique with a Speak Up staff member – 15 minute session.
You will leave with a DVD of your presentation, as well as specific verbal feedback that will help you move to the next level in your speaking. Your content can be whatever you choose. It can be a complete talk (such as a brief topical or devotional presentation), or a portion of a longer talk. After you finish your taping, you will watch your video with your Speak Up staffer. You will be given feedback on both content and delivery during your 15-minute appointment. (click for printable directions)
$75 — 15-minute video presentation with one-to-one critique with a Speak Up staff member – 30 minute time slot
You will leave with a DVD or a digital download of your presentation, as well as specific verbal feedback that will help you move to the next level in your speaking. Your 30-minute appointment will begin with looking over the answers to the questions below. Then you will be taped with your Speak Up staffer observing. If you choose to speak longer than 15-minutes, it will cut into your time of feedback, but that is your choice. Your content can be whatever you choose. It can be a complete talk, or a portion of a longer talk. You will be given feedback on both content and delivery during your 30-minute appointment. (click for printable directions)
Speakers’, Writers’, and Leaders’ Pre-Conference Options
$150 — Video Interview with Carol Kent
Feature your ministry or newest book on your website or on YouTube by utilizing a digital download of a 5-minute interview with Carol. 5-minute video/15 minute session. This option involves a 15-minute time slot where you will have the opportunity to familiarize Carol with your ministry or book. Then, Carol will participate with you in an 5-minute interview style video that would be usable on your website, Facebook page, or on YouTube. You will be mailed a flash drive with your interview a few weeks after the conference. (click for printable directions)
(Participants can choose one speaking option and the Interview with Carol Kent option, if they want to select both.)
$75 – Speakers’, Writers’, and Leaders’ Pre-Conference Option – Take Your Ministry to the Next Level (4 hours)
Whether it is a ministry in your heart or one that is already emerged, you are the agent God will use to drive the ministry. Taking your ministry to the next level requires key elements including brand emphasis and generating your own buzz. Discoverability is vital. The challenge for leaders, speakers, and authors is finding and expanding your audience. Learn tips for targeted promotion through social media, live events, and other opportunities that will take your ministry to the next level. Taught by Suzanne Kuhn.
$15 — Optional Light Dinner Buffet: A Taste of Italy (Optional – register on the cart) Grilled Italian chicken breast and pasta with Alfredo and Marinara sauces, served with steamed vegetable, garlic bread, fresh fruit and Caesar salad. Beverage included.