Carol is a bestselling author and international speaker. With vulnerable openness, irrepressible hope, restored joy, and a sense of humor, she directs you to choices based on God’s truth. Carol says, “When God writes your story, you will be in for the adventure of a lifetime!”
She is the president of Speak Up Speaker Services, a Christian speakers’ bureau, and the founder and director of Speak Up Conferences, a ministry committed to helping Christians develop their speaking, writing, and leadership skills. She and her husband, Gene, have founded the nonprofit organization, Speak Up for Hope, which benefits inmates and their families. Carol holds a master’s degree in communication arts and a bachelor’s degree in speech education. She has taught speech and drama, and directed women’s ministries at a large Mid-western church.
Carol has trained Christian speakers for over twenty-five years and she has been a featured speaker at Women of Faith, Extraordinary Women, and Women of Joy arena events. She is the founder and director of the Speak Up Conference and the author of over twenty books, including Becoming a Woman of Influence, When I Lay My Isaac Down, A New Normal, Between a Rock and a Grace Place, Unquenchable, Waiting Together and her newest release, He Holds My Hand.
“Speaking 101: Developing a Topical Presentation”
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.
“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.
“Making Your Speeches Come Alive: Start with a Bang, Develop Key Illustrations, and Hone Your Delivery Skills”
Speakers 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.
“Teaching the Bible with Clarity and Confidence”
The Word of God is life changing and powerful! This session will give you all the tools necessary for taking a Bible passage and producing a dynamic talk for Bible studies or adult Christian education classes. The information in this session will be helpful for studying the Bible, as well as for teaching. Handouts will outline a step-by-step approach to Bible study that could change your life and ministry.
Laura spends most of her time creating and leading worship experiences that help connect people with the story of God. She has served in vocational ministry as the Creative Arts Director at The Creek, a large church in Indianapolis, for over a decade. She loves to show people how their story intersects with the redemptive story of God. She enjoys belting Broadway, laughing hysterically and reading great books. More than anything, though, she enjoys living life with her favorite two people in the whole world, her husband, Matt, and her spunky daughter, Abigail. Matt, Laura, and Abigail live on a 14-acre property just south of Indy where they provide space for spiritual growth and renewal for leaders in ministry.
She is the author of I Am Found: Quitting the Game of Hide and Seek with God and Others (Moody Publishers), This I Know: Trusting Your Unknown Future to a Known God , and Life Rhythms: Learning to Live in God-Centered Time (self-published).
You can learn more about her journey and connect with her at www.lauradingman.com.
Tracy is an author, speaker, comedienne and mother of five sons. Trained at The Second City in Chicago, she cut her comedy teeth at open-mic nights in the Windy City making her fearless on stage. She’s engaged and entertained audiences in churches, corporations, non-profit organizations, schools, women’s conferences, civic organizations and more. Tracy combines humor with a winning motivational speaking style that people love.
She is available for stand-up comedy, humorous/inspirational keynotes, outreach, fundraisers, ladies/couples events, guest speaking, pulpit-supply, Emcee and workshops. Tracy’s signature event is her 90-minute one-woman show “Life Happens Laugh Anyway” where she takes the audience through the seasons of a woman’s life from getting married and having kids to gaining weight and growing a beard. And then, they meet Jesus! It’s a hilarious event closing with Tracy sharing the gospel message. It’s the perfect outreach event.
Tracy is also a breast cancer survivor and uses her platform to encourage women to stay current on cancer screenings. Tracy is passionate about doing outreach events and her primary focus of ministry is to partner with local churches using comedy to share the gospel message.
Tracy lives in the Chicago area with her husband and sons.
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Jill Savage is an author, speaker, and coach who is passionate about encouraging and empowering others.
A graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, and founder of Hearts at Home, a ministry to moms, Jill now travels the world as an author and speaker. Called one of today’s most exciting Christian female speakers, Jill’s honest, engaging communication is strengthened by her ability to make her audience laugh while they learn.
Founder of the online Inspire Speaker Course, Jill is the author of seven books and the co-author of five including the bestselling No More Perfect Moms, No More Perfect Kids, and her newest book co-authored with her husband No More Perfect Marriages. She and her husband Mark have five children, three grandchildren, and a whole herd of barn cats. You can find Jill online at www.jillsavage.org and www.NoMorePerfect.com.
Writing When Your World Is Falling Apart
We all have hard seasons of life that cause us to feel unqualified to minister to anyone, let alone write any word anyone would read. However, do difficult seasons really disqualify us from ministry? Jill Savage believes, if anything, hard seasons qualify us to write. In this workshop you’ll:
- Learn how to pull back without pulling out.
- Explore how to move your eyes from the mountain to the Mountain Mover.
- Identify how to ask for help and receive help in hard seasons.
- Discover how to change your pace and give yourself grace.
- See the power of turning your mess into your message.