7 Ways to Bore Your Audience

photo © 2005 Jason Scragz | more info (via: Wylio) It's every speaker's worst nightmare. You're speaking, and you look across the audience, and everybody's looking dazed. Some are obviously texting. A few are nodding off. And a bunch are writing things down--but you're pretty sure it doesn't have anything to do with what you're talking about. It's Continue Reading

Don’t Settle on a Niche Too Early

photo © 2010 Jason Meredith | more info (via: Wylio) I get the emails almost everyday: "I feel called to speak to women about depression." "I feel called to speak to women about surviving abuse." "I feel called to speak to college women about deciding on God's will." Or whatever it may be. And it's a wonderful thing to think that you have a Continue Reading

Don’t Give Up!

I wrote a post earlier this week about what to when you feel like giving up. I wrote it in the context of one who is overburdened and tired of the effort. But there is another aspect to feeling like giving up; there is also the one who does not feel like they are ever good enough. You try, but you just don't arrive. Do you ever feel like Continue Reading

When You Feel Like Giving Up

I wrote this post while speaking at a weekend retreat recently. It is a Saturday afternoon as I write this, and I am sitting on a dock in eastern Ontario, watching six geese fight it out on a lake. The air is filled with the sounds of birds, and the crystal clear lake seems to be smiling at me. All is peaceful. And yet my heart was not peaceful Continue Reading

How to Create a Platform for Your Ministry

photo © 2008 daretoeatapeach | more info (via: Wylio) Platform. It's a word we hear all the time in the speaking/writing business, but what does it really mean? Today on my Use Your Words BlogTalkRadio show I talked about platform: the best ways to build one, and what's really important. Listen in to that show here! Tons of great Continue Reading