According to the Book of Lists, public speaking is the #1 fear for many people, surpassing the fear of death. Fortunately, there are tools that can help to alleviate the fear.
Carol Kent and her highly qualified staff from across the country make the process of learning fun and encouraging. You will be given instruction, and then have the opportunity to try out what you have learned in a small group setting with people who have similar backgrounds in speaking. A trained facilitator will make the experience safe and enjoyable.
For those who have already attended the Speaking Track, new sessions are added every year to take you to the next level in your ministry.
Speaking Track: (click arrow to read more about each session)
*New this year
**Recommended for 1st time Speakers’ Track attendees
The fear of public speaking is the #1 fear of people in the U.S. today. But people who learn to communicate their message have the opportunity to give hope, courage, truth, and inspiration to others. This session will give you a start-to-finish overview of how to prepare a talk on any topic. You will learn how to analyze your audience, select a topic, write out a specific, measurable aim, and conclude with appropriate applications.
We have an extraordinary "Script" available for us to teach from–and the stories are all true! The Bible introduces us to the lives of some amazing ancient characters—and surprisingly, not all of them are smiling. We get the good, bad and beautiful, plus the obedient, wicked, faithful and the rebellious! Many of the stories are more exciting than a movie script and the scripture tells us that they are there for “our instruction in righteousness.”
The biblical characters workshop will teach you how to research these fascinating people and show you where to get information about their culture, politics and customs. You will also be inspired by seeing an example of how to tell their stories in a powerful and entertaining way, and learn how to apply them to your life in a life-changing way today.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Jennie Dimkoff
Making Your Speeches Come Alive: Start with a Bang, Develop Key Illustrations, and Hone Your Delivery SkillsSpeakers and teachers are evaluated as being either boring or interesting within the first 30 seconds of speech. Carol Kent has trained thousands of Christian leaders across the U.S. and Canada to communicate their messages effectively. This session will help you to communicate so people will listen. You will learn how to gain the attention of your audience, develop effective illustrations, and master powerful delivery skills.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Carol Kent
Whether you are a veteran speaker or just getting your speaking ministry started, we all want planners to say, “Wow! I want to have her/him back!” Join Cindy Bultema in this practical and inspiring workshop as you learn how to enhance the effectiveness of your speaking ministry by:
- Understanding the felt needs of your audience
- Interacting with your audience and creating instant rapport
- Identifying potential pitfalls and navigating around them successfully
- Communicating effectively with the planning committee or organizer.
- Leaving a lasting impression that encourages people to recommend you to other events.
- Discovering the number one secret of taking your speaking ministry from good to great.Click here to learn more about your instructor: Cindy Bultema
Eeeeek! Outlining? Many people get a headache just thinking about it, but this session will make outlining ! Learn to put your messages together so they are creative and memorable. Learn the secrets of outlining, and take home the tools to make it happen without breaking a sweat.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Bonnie Emmorey
Speak Like Jesus. This practical workshop will help you become a better speaker. We will learn how to put together a presentation so we can speak without notes. We will learn what to do with our hands and about body language. Your presentations will open with a powerful moment and you will learn to close strong, challenging your audience to live large. One of Karen’s most requested workshops.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Karen Porter
"Preparing Your Personal Testimony -- You Have a Story to Tell"
Have you ever wondered what to include in the story of your life? Every Christian has a personal testimony and God can use your journey to offer hope to someone else. Come to this session to learn how to concisely share your testimony in a way that will positively impact listeners. Whether you’re sharing your story from a public platform or in an informal setting, you can communicate your faith-journey with confidence, authenticity, and conviction. This session will help you decide what to delete and what to include as you point people to everlasting hope.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Carol Kent
Presenting and Negotiating Your Speaker Fees
Not sure how much to charge for a keynote message or weekend retreat? Worried about discussing your honorarium with an event planner? If you’ve ever wondered how best to communicate with others about your fees, contract, and expenses—this workshop is for you.
Join Cindy Bultema as you learn:
- 3 important factors to consider as you set and/or increase your speaking fees
- Effective tips for presenting and negotiating your fees and expenses with confidence
- Key components of a speaking contract and why you need one
- Creative solutions when a group wants you to speak but the funding is not sufficient
- The #1 tip to remember when discussing speaker fees
In addition, each workshop participant will leave with a contract, speaker fee overview, and sample script to help negotiate your next event’s honorarium with clarity and confidence.
- Click here to learn more about your instructor: Cindy Bultema
Are you interested in taking your speaking to the next level? Do you want to ? This session will give you the tools to make that happen. Discover the secret to having your audience actually remember and apply your message to their own lives. Learn to work within an aim frame and you will never be long-winded again. This technique will give your audience
Click here to learn more about your instructor:Bonnie Emmorey
Wish you could tell a story and have the audience listen so closely you could hear a pin drop in the room? In this workshop you’ll learn how to:
--Find great stories to tell
--Develop a cast of characters
--Use body language and vocal techniques to captivate your audience, and
--Access on-line resources for storytellers
Jesus, the Master Storyteller was concise, relevant, and kept crowds captivated. Come and learn how, with God’s help, we can do the same.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Jennie Dimkoff
As well as options that overlap into both tracks:
Building A Booming Speaking & Writing Ministry
Marketing is KEY to building ANY business, and a speaking and writing ministry is no different. S.H. Britt said, “Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. YOU know what you are doing, but nobody else does.” Indeed, we must let others know what we have to offer. But how can we do this effectively without looking like we are “marketing ourselves?” One of the best ways to organically advertise your ministry is to establish both a speaking and writing platform. This allows your voice to be heard, your face to be recognized, your message to be magnified, and creates a “breadcrumb trail” to your door. This workshop will help you (1) Craft a strong speaking bio that will leave a lasting impression, (2) Identify the most common psychological road blocks hindering the marketing success of any minister, counselor, coach, writer, or speaker, as well as strategies for overcoming these road blocks, and (3) Explore unique marketing strategies familiar only to the most experienced professionals.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Shannon Ethridge
The Pursuit – Seeking HIS Purpose for Your Writing & Speaking Ministry – Judy Dunagan
Discover how your passion for writing and speaking can become an act of worship. We will dive into Hebrews 12 and focus on the importance of pursuing HIS purpose for your writing and speaking ministry. It should be all about Him and not about us. And, we will also look at what it means to surrender the dream to get published, while still pursuing that dream. Judy will share why she is seeking proposals for books that teach deep biblical truths in creative and fresh ways. And she will provide practical tools for making those truths and His Word come alive in your writing and teaching.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Judy Dunagan
200+ Tech Tools Every Author Should Know
The Internet provides a wealth of resources for writers. In this class we will review over 200 new and popular tech tools that will help you as a writer. Learn what a Thunderclap is and how it can help you share your book launch with the world. Gain more twitter follower through Followback programs. Create amazing graphics for book covers and social media through Canva or PicMonkey. These are just a few, come to the class and learn about many more!
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Cyle Young
Social Media: How to Make the Most of Your Online Community
Participants will discover and evaluate their motives/reasons for developing an online community. Instead of using online community solely for platform building, this workshop will help writers and speakers serve their audience well, finding ways in which we can uplift, empower, and love those around us in the Internet world. We will look at how Jesus shepherded His flock and see how His incredible love can be translated through our online leadership.
Click to learn more about your instructor: Jen Ferguson
Telling Your Hard Story
Research shows that, unlike watching television or even listening to music, stories make the brain come alive. When well crafted, these stories not only make the brain come alive, but also the heart; offering help and inspiring hope. Everyone has a story but some are as hard to listen to as they are to tell. Elizabeth has worked with survivors of human trafficking, those struggling with chronic illness, and people just like you who have a desire to tell their hard stories in a way that connects with the audience. In this personal and practical seminar you will learn to do that in a way that is honoring to the story, careful with the content and relatable for the listening or reading audience. You will feel safe, heard, empowered, and equipped to be used by God in ways you never thought possible.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Elizabeth Murphy
Making Time in a Breathless World
One of the repeated themes for you as writers and speakers is making the time to answer the call God placed on your heart. Life Coach Anne Denmark offers specific and practical ways to make your best ‘Yes’ bigger. In this workshop you will explore pitfalls, procrastination, interruptions, margin and accountability and leave with the next actions steps to make time.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Anne Denmark M.Ed., PCC
Logos Bible Software Training
Communication that produces change happens when we apply the truth of God's word to people's lives. Today in ministry, we must be prepared to share the truth of Scripture to a culture that has gone digital. This interactive workshop will demonstrate the use of Logos Bible Software for effective speaking preparation, writing research, and personal Bible study. What normally takes five to 10 hours of flipping through paper books for speaking prep and Bible study can be done in seconds - and the depth of study is unparalleled! Logos 7 gives you access to your entire biblical library wherever you are because it is compatible with Mac®, PC, iPad®, iPhone® and Android™ - this ease of use and power of Logos will be clearly taught and demonstrated.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Scott Lindsay
Platform Building 101
The publishing industry buzzword of late has been, “Platform, platform, platform.” But what exactly does platform-building entail? And where does one even begin? Join husband and wife duo Kris and Whitney Meade, founders of the Meade Agency and leading experts in Christian marketing and video production, for this intensive workshop that will leave you with practical tips and a how-to guide for building a platform of excellence.
Writing/Teaching Bible Studies for Life Change by Erica Wiggenhorn
Are you a Bible study teacher/leader who gets discouraged from spending continual time in Bible study, yet not observing your desired spiritual growth among participants? Are you wanting to write/teach more of your own curriculum, but you’re unsure how to start? Do you wonder how to reach across generations to encourage different ages to commit to study time? Then it’s time to rock the boat and step into the waves! We’ll look at how Jesus modeled teaching truth; ways to make growth and change an anticipated part of study times; uncover simple formats and practical tips to construct application driven lessons, and why now, more than ever, effective teaching of the full counsel of God’s Word is imperative.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Erica Wiggenhorn
Social Media 101
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest - where do you begin? And once you've begun, how do you navigate the ever-changing labyrinth of social media and manage your time effectively? Join us as we take a look at the best of what social media has to offer and how you can make it work for you no matter what your experience level may be. Bring your laptop, and get ready for online action!
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Brenda Yoder
How to Market Like the Pros! Amazon Marketing Services and Facebook Ads
Are you tired of seeing other authors attracting readers to subpar books and bundles only because they know how to market and you don’t? We’ll, now you can learn to market like the pros. In this workshop you’ll discover the secrets that indie authors use to continue to draw sells month after month.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Cyle Young
Evernote: A powerful tool to organize and save time when writing and speaking
Transform your writing and speaking pieces by using Evernote! This “digital brain” will bring balance and organization to your work in one workspace.
Evernote is a limitless workspace that allows you to quickly collect and organize research, inspirational ideas, photos, files, music, videos, receipts and so much more!
In this workshop, you will learn Evernote’s main features as well as several tips and tricks to get the most out of the program. It’s the perfect tool for writing down your essential words—from short blog posts to full-length books.
The information presented will be valuable for beginners or those already using Evernote.
An excellent workshop for both writers and speakers.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Carol Ensminger
Preparing for Spiritual Attack in Ministry
Many new writers and speakers are caught off guard by the spiritual gloom or added temptation, which often proceed or follow a writing/speaking project. By casting words of light and truth into the darkness, we also throw rocks at the enemy’s hornet nest--and Satan doesn’t fight fair! He will go after anyone we love to bring us down. Yet God has not given us a spirit of fear. Come develop a step-by-step plan for protecting against and overcoming spiritual attack in ministry.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Shannon Popkin
Top Ten Questions Answered
After being in the book and event industry for more than 60 years combined, Suzanne and Shawn will bring you answers to their most frequently asked questions. Join them for this empowering session which include a rapid-fire Q&A.
Unleash ‘Your’ Creative Potential
Team teaching ~ Anne and Don Denmark
“Life continually involves problem solving. Creativity is the key to figuring out how to get from point A to point B when you’ve never done it. It is the act of generating new ideas. Without creativity, you run the risk of becoming obsolete in our rapidly changing marketplace.” Rick Warren
Prayers That Transform Ministries
Prayerful leaders are powerful leaders. After studying revivals and prayer for 6 years, Lee knows that there are trends historically, biblically, and practically that are relevant to this time on the Kingdom calendar. We all want God’s blessing, wisdom and covering in our ministries but how can we see that developed when we are stretched thin? Prayer can be the hallmark of your ministry and not an area of defeat. Come learn how vigilant prayer can become a reality in your environment.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Lee Nienhuis
Millennials, Mosaics and More
Knowing your audience is imperative to effective communication. Join us as we identify the values and styles of the different generations and how we can respond with messages that will engage them. We will also discuss techniques for adapting the same talk to different audiences and recognize elements that connect with all generations.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Jeri Howe
My Yes is On the Table: Now what Lord?
You being at this conference either as a speaker, author, ministry leader or combination of these shows that you have put your yes on the table. You have said, “Lord, here I am, use me.” This workship is for the author/speaker/ministry leader who has said yes but wonders what to do now. You may find yourself asking questions like “ Where do I start?”, or “ I have started but what is next,” or thinking your fears make you want to run the other way and say, “No!”
In this workship, participants will:
- Learn how to develop a plan to take the ministry YES dreams to YES steps
- Recognize how fear can paralyze and prevent our God-sized dreams, or propel us into our God sized dreams
- Draw from Bible character examples and how their yes on the table led to God’s Ephesians 3:20 best
- Draw from Jenn’s real life examples of coming to her first SpeakUp conference, placing her yes on the table before the Lord, but feeling completely unequipped and unsure of where to start next. After Speak Up, Jenn established a non-profit speaking ministry, has published four books which all hit the Amazon Best-seller list on Launch week, and speaks at around 40 retreats a year nationally and internationally as a result of the tools learned at SpeakUp.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Jenn Hand
The Network You Need to Succeed
Speakers and writers need an intentional network of support to help them reach their God-given potential and journey through obstacles, opportunities, transitions, discouragement, and success.
In this interactive workshop you will learn how to:
- Recognize your unique role in God’s network and your greatest needs
- Strategize a plan of support for a reason, season, event or project
- Mobilize a PIT Team (Personal Intercessory Team) and PBD (Personal Board of Directors)
Leave energized with biblical insights and practical ways to press on.
Click here to learn more about your instructor: Kathe Wunnenberg
Participants in the Speakers’ Track will have the opportunity for at least two face-to-face appointments with a branding expert, platform builder, social media expert, life coach, and more. This time can be used to evaluate where you are, and where you would like to be in your ministry’s journey. Learn More about our 15-minute appointments.