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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 open with…

Digital Downloads Available Now!

By Shawna Culp Aug 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…

The What, Who, and Why of Branding

By Suzanne Brooks Kuhn

There’s something about the harmony of team that I love. Don’t you? Shawn, my husband, and I have been working together in all things books, for more than 30 years.…

Marketing and Platform: It’s Not About You

By Cheri Cowell

For seven years before getting my first book contract, I attended two to three writers’ conferences a year. I took copious notes in every marketing class, and when I returned…

Cultivating Roots & Dreams

By Anne Denmark

“Writing your stories is a gift to yourself – telling them is a gift to others.”  Dan Allender I love a good story! Knights and dragons, mysterious cupboards, rescued orphans,…

The Art of Self-Care

By Tanya Glanzman

Teaching Kindergarten taught me many important lessons. One memorable lesson was that “Art Requires Stuff.” In order to create and be effective in the process of creating, one must have…

Small Platform-Big Impact

By Robyn Dykstra

You’ve felt the nudge. God has whispered an invitation to share your story. He’s placed a passion in you to teach others the transforming power of his Word and experience…

Don’t Preach Yourself—Preach Christ

By Megan Brown

There is a passage of Scripture that is tattooed on my mind. A phrase in this passage appears to be written in bold and flashes in neon lights. The set…