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CRAFTING THE FIRST POINT OF YOUR PRESENTATION: PART 1

By Yvonne Ortega |

What are you passionate about? What could you speak or write on that you would forget to eat a meal or stay up late to prepare for it? That’s your…

Words of Hope

By Carol Kent |

In the past couple of weeks our lives have been turned upside-down due to the unanticipated invasion of COVID-19.  I’ve seen empty shelves, anxious parents, fear of the future, loss…

Anxiety and Coronavirus

By Caris Snider |

Anxiety and Coronavirus You can’t run from it. You can’t hide from it. You are surrounded by one thing—the coronavirus. It seems as if every channel you watch has 24/7…

Who Knew…..What Could Be?

By Ruth Esau |

What-if? Just what if a slight move or turn would create a shift in our thinking that freed us to see from a new perspective and make space for fresh…

Who is Carrying Your Calling?

By Jenn Hand |

Do you ever feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders? More specifically, the weight of your calling on your shoulders? You have sensed a calling…

Living as a Called and Sent Representative of Christ

By Jennifer Slattery |

Sometimes we forget we’re called. When pressure comes or ministry events don’t turn out as we hoped or expected, we can begin making much of ourselves and little of Jesus.…

How to Craft an Introduction for Your Speaking Engagement, Part 2

By Yvonne Ortega |

 In case you didn’t read How to Craft an Introduction for Your Speaking Engagement, Part 1, here are the main points from it:  Begin with a bang.                    Avoid “unpleasant pleasantries.” Don’t…

Digital Downloads Available Now!

By Shawna Culp | August 5, 2019

One-Time Opportunity Finally, we’re able to give you what you’ve requested—digital downloads of the entire 2019 Speak Up Conference. If you haven’t been able to attend this equipping event for…

How to Craft an Introduction for Your Speaking Engagement, Part 1

By Yvonne Ortega |

“I can’t speak for you this weekend, ma’am. I don’t have anything to say, and no one wants to hear me anyway.” “Yvonne, you do have something to say, and…

Beauty in Diversity

By Peg Arnold |

“God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various…

Alexa, how do I get the most out of Speak Up?

By Susan Call |

The excitement is growing, can you feel it? When you made your reservation for Speak Up, maybe it felt far away – almost like a dream… but, now it’s about…

Know Your “Comp” Titles

By Cindy Lambert |

At a recent writers’ conference, Jen sat down with me, an editor, for one of her first one-on-one appointments. After introductions, I asked the common question, “So tell me what…