Registration: Speak Up 2020


Register now to secure your seat! The dates for our next conference are July 9-11, 2020 at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids, MI.

These amounts include all of your conference meals.  The main conference begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9.  The pre-conference lunch will be at 12:00 noon, with pre-conference options beginning at 1:00 p.m. Thursday.  The conference ends at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

If you have questions, email

We expect to sell out, so register NOW!
 We’re praying that God will open the door for you to attend.  Be sure to register separately for your lodging.  Most participants will be staying at the Prince Center, Country Inn & Suites or at the Comfort Inn.  Be sure to request the Speak Up Conference rate.
We hope to see you in Grand Rapids on July 9-11, 2020!
Gene and Carol Kent



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Registration:  Speak Up 2020

Conference fee:  $550

The conference includes Friday lunch and dinner, and Saturday lunch. Lodging is optional and extra (please see recommendations here). Breakfast is included in your room charge for those staying at The Prince Center, the Comfort Inn, and Country Inn & Suites.

$100 Scholarships are available for all alumni of past Speak Ups. Contact Bonnie.

There are a limited number of $100 scholarships available for the conference. If you need financial assistance to attend, please fill out the Scholarship Application form.

If you would like to set up a payment plan, please email Bonnie.

In addition to the keynote sessions, there will be seven one-hour breakout sessions, offering a minimum of six different topics participants can select. Feel free to choose outside of your chosen track.

Speakers’ Track – 1st-time attendee recommendations

Breakout Session 1 Speak Like a Pro
Breakout Session 2 Illustrating & Delivering Powerful Presentations
Breakout Session 3 Making the Bible Come Alive
Breakout Session 4 Outlining with Pizzazz!
Breakout Session 5 Your Choice
Breakout Session 6 Preparing Your Personal Testimony
Breakout Session 7 Aim for Results

Please select one elective from each of the seven break-out sessions below. Your selections will help us to determine the size of the room needed for each session.

Writers’ Track – 1st-time attendee recommendations

Breakout Session 2 Writing a Compelling Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Thursday Afternoon Pre-Conference Optional Workshops (Appointments available from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.)

Please select from the drop downs below when you register:

$100 – Videotaping & Critiquing of Speeches. 15-minute video/30-minute session
$100 – 7 Strategies to Secure Speaking Engagements– Robyn Dykstra
$100 – Book Proposal Clinic – Cindy & Dave Lambert
$100 – Marketing & Platform – Cheri Cowell
$100 – Video Interview with Carol Kent
$100 – Roots & Dreams – Anne Denmark
$100 – Powerful Tools for Speakers & Writers – Carol Ensminger & Shawna Culp
$100 – Prepping & Polishing Your Pitch – Katie M. Reid & Michelle Nietert
$ 45 – Signature Style Appointment – Shari Braendel
$ 50 – Professional Headshot with Turning Point Photography


Thursday lunch: Baked Potato Bar — $15.
Thursday light dinner buffet: Taste of Italy — $20.

VIP package:  $350 Enhance YOUR Speak Up Conference experience and help others attend! Your VIP Pass will help fund the scholarship program. We believe in making it possible for ALL who desire the Speak Up Conference training to be able to come!  Check out what amazing perks come with the VIP package.

Spouse package (optional):  $150 or $185

Do you have a spouse who would love to come with you to the Speak Up Conference, but is not really interested in taking the entire conference?  We have a solution!

For $150, your spouse can join you for all of the delicious meals, the four keynote addresses, and the Friday evening program!

If you are coming in on Thursday for the pre-conference activities, your spouse can join you for those meals too, for an additional $35.

Choose your One-on-One Appointments:

If you are in the Speaking Track, you will have the opportunity to meet with at least three ministry leaders.  Please choose your top six with #1 being your top pick.  Please choose from the options for the Speaking Track.

If you are in the Writing Track, you will have the opportunity to meet with at least four industry leaders.  Please choose your top ten with #1 being your top pick.