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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…

Resurrecting a Writer

By Darlene Larson

By Darlene Larson That’s worthless writing. You’ve got to be kidding me! You think you’re a writer? Ha! And on and on the verbal attacks hurl destructive words that stop…

Is My Topic Broad Enough?

By Joel Armstrong

By Joel Armstrong The Speak Up Conference has been blessed with many faculty members who are extraordinary publishing professionals.  In this post Joel Armstrong, associate editor at Kregel Publications, addresses…

What’s a Platform and Why Is It Important?

By Jill Savage

By Jill Savage This email landed in my inbox this week: Hey Jill! I finished reading your No More Perfect Moms book this week and it has changed every aspect…

3 Surefire Ways to Engage Your Audience

By Rachel Wojo

By Rachel Wojo Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 You’ve attended conferences, taken notes, read books, and developed your…