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When You Can’t Put Your Ideas into Words

By Faith McDonald

By Faith McDonald When I help students develop their writing, I scour their articles and stories for interesting ideas, and encourage, “Tell more here.” “I just can’t put it into…

8 Ways to Handle Negative Feedback

By Sheila Qualls

By Sheila Qualls “Cute haircut . . .”  It sounded like a compliment until he added, “It’d look even better if you’d combed it.” Then he said, “I’m Oprah’s stylist,…

The Power of Listening

By Darlene Larson

By Darlene Larson My girlfriend, Susan, had been a handpicked gift from God to me. We met at church and bonded in a women’s Bible study.  In our church parking…

Video Empowers Words

By Chandee Ulch

By Chandee Ulch Words are powerful. They trigger memories and significant events. As parents, we often reminisce about our children in their toddler years and mimic the manner in which…

Balancing Work, Ministry, and Life

By Brenda Yoder

By Brenda Yoder When I first attended Speak Up, I also was starting graduate school for a new career in counseling. Up to that point, I had been a high…

Where Ministry and Book Writing Collide

By Blythe Daniel

By Blythe Daniel Do you remember when someone slipped you a note in class to check a box? Friend or not? If only we could contain our responses to a…

Will Your Book Make a Good Audiobook?

By Cheri Cowell

By Cheri Cowell One of the hottest new trends for authors is the audiobook. Audiobook sales have had an average of 24.5% per year increase since 2017, and for the…

Waiting for the Yes

By Jenn Hand

By Jenn Hand Raise your hand if you like waiting.  If you do, I will turn this blog post over to you for your tips and tricks. Waiting in the…

Mapping Your Message

By Kim Cordes

By Kim Cordes Compass is my husband’s nickname.  When traveling, he almost always takes the scenic, tree-lined, long winding gravel roads.  His passengers are unfamiliar with the route or his…

5 Reasons Why You Cannot Miss This Year’s Speak Up Conference

By Erica Wiggenhorn

By Erica Wiggenhorn I’ve never looked at a $100 bill the same since.  The speaker stepped onto the platform to give us a teaser as to why we should attend…

Woman writing appointments in her planner for a conference.

Why You Need to Step Onto Your Platform

By Shannon Popkin

By Shannon Popkin and Kate Motaung When my (Shannon) daughter was two, my husband and I took her to a pool where a lifeguard was seated on a tall, tall…

The Ripple Effect

By Judy Dunagan

By Judy Dunagan “Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness.” Isaiah…