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Tips to Switch from Live to Virtual: Part 2

By Yvonne Ortega

I attended the first ever Virtual Speak Up Conference July 8–10, 2020. One of my responsibilities was to facilitate virtual prayer sessions and a writers track session. With Plan A…

Tips to Switch from Live to Virtual Training: Part 1

By Yvonne Ortega

The live training of the past is now virtual in many cases. It may remain so because of the pandemic, its side effects, and the savings from travel expenses, hotel,…

A New View on Race From a Mother’s Heart

By Sheila Qualls

As the mother of three black sons, the tragic death of George Floyd cut me deep. As I watched Floyd cry out for help and struggle to breathe, I couldn’t…

Answering Your COVID Calling

By Suzanne Brooks Kuhn

My first conversation of the day began with a text among close friends. “It’s sobering to see how very quickly our world has been shaken. I often find that all…

The Importance of Building Audience Tension

By Jennifer Slattery

If your audience finds your message irrelevant, or struggles to see the relevance, they’ll likely tune it out. To avoid this, we need to make sure we’ve taken time to…

Hard of Listening

By Anne Denmark

Is Anybody Listening? Do ever get the feeling that everybody’s talking but nobody’s really listening? The daily influx of clutter, distractions, and decisions increases at a steady pace. We’ve got…

HOW TO CRAFT THE FIRST POINT OF YOUR PRESENTATION: PART 2

By Yvonne Ortega

In Part 2, you will go through the ways to use the foundational phrase in the first point of your presentation. We covered the niche and the foundational phrase in…

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…