I had the opportunity to be on the radio with my good friend Eric Metaxas yesterday, and -- as a result -- I have a lot of new folks checking out my blog (and my twitter...and my Facebook). Most of these people know me as a writer, and that's one of the things I do. It's one of the things I love to do, in fact, and I'm planning to do a lot more in the coming months with a couple of book ideas getting ready to be pitched by my literary agent extraordinaire, Jason Jones. But wait...there's more!
Did I mention that I also speak?
Yes, friends, I do a lot of speaking for various groups -- churches, schools, non-profit organizations, businesses. I do conferences and retreats and youth rallies. As a matter of fact, I'll be speaking in a couple of weeks at the Discover Youth Rally in Monroe, LA. Then I'll head to Dallas, TX, for the Preaching Initiative. A couple of weeks after that I'll be preaching for Piedmont Church in Macon, GA.
So...as you can see, I speak.
Now, suppose someone out there wanted me to come speak at their place. How would they do that? Well, I'm glad you asked. I'm in the process of overhauling my website. When it's all shiny and chrome it will have a page where you can send me a request. In the meantime, I suppose you could just leave me a request in the comments section.
If you're not sure what you want me to come talk about, let me share with you some of the topics I often address.
5 Truths Every Parent Needs to Know: As a Sr. Fellow at the ScreamFree Institute (and a certified ScreamFree Instructor), I got the opportunity to travel literally around the world and back, speaking to parents of all ages and stages, in different cultures and different socio-economic situations. One thing I've learned is that every parent loses it from time to time. But I've discovered 5 simple truths (simple -- not easy) that every parent needs to know. This 90-minute workshop could give you the keys you need to have the calm household you've always wanted but maybe never thought possible.
How to Talk to Your Kid about Sex (Before Someone Else Does): Research has shown that most parents believe they have talked to their kids about the birds and the bees, but most teenagers cannot remember having that talk. Either we're not really talking, or they're not really listening (or probably a little bit of both). I know. It can be awkward and uncomfortable, but the truth is someone is going to tell your sweet, innocent, little child about sex. It might as well be you. This hour-long talk offers honest and age-appropriate tips for how to have one of the most important -- and most difficult -- conversations you'll ever have.
What a Divorced Guy can Tell You about How to Stay Married: No one walks down the aisle and says, "I do" thinking that one day they'll have to hire an attorney to communicate with this person standing next to them. But it happens. It happens too often. It might seem strange to have a divorced guy come talk about marriage, but there are some things only those who have gone through the pain of divorce know about marriage. This 90-minute talk can help you and your spouse stay both calm and connected so you can be the spouse your spouse always dreamed of.
Note: I have done the above topics in explicitly Christian contexts and in completely secular environments. I can also do extended versions of these topics in a retreat setting or spread out over a weekend.
The Leader's Edge: Very few people are what could be considered "natural born leaders". Instead, most of the top leaders in our world made the most of their innate abilities and cultivated the skills they'd need to take the next step. In this 90-minute presentation, I'll share with you the leadership lessons I've learned watching some of the most innovative and strategic thinkers in the world up close and personal. Some of it may sound counter-intuitive, but I guarantee you'll come away with a better understanding of what it takes to be a next-level leader in today's world.
The Place You Want to Work: Aside from our homes, most of us spend most of our time at work. Alas, this is not always where you want to be. Workplaces are often filled with more politics and drama than prime-time TV. It doesn't have to be this way. This 90-minute message shares an understanding of why your work is the way it is -- and how to change it for the better...even if you're not the leader.
Note: In addition to these public presentations, I do a fair amount of private coaching and consulting for leaders. If you think you might be interested in improving your leadership and the environment in which you work, leave me a message in the comments section.
The Multiplication Weekend: Most churches in America are either plateaued or in decline. They want to grow; they just don't know how. Often, churches resort to doing things the way they used to do them, hoping this will bring back the kind of growth they once experienced. It hardly ever works. I believe your church could grow and could be healthy. I believe you could do that with the resources you currently have. It just takes a shift in perspective. In one weekend, I believe I could help you shift the paradigm of your leaders and core members and change the trend-line of your church.
The 90-Day Turnaround: I am available to partner with a limited number of churches, taking the gist of the Multiplication Weekend outlined above and implanting it into the DNA of your entire congregation. This would be a 90-day partnership, involving a weekend visit at the start, a series of coaching consultations via Skype and/or FaceTime, and a weekend visit at the end. Think of it. In just 90-days you could turn the culture of your church completely around.
Note: In addition to all of the above, I just love speaking for local church groups. Call it a pastor's heart. Blame it on my upbringing. I don't care. I have a heart for the local church. If you're interested in having me come visit, don't let money be an obstacle. If I have a free Sunday, I'll do everything I can to make it work. I want to help people, and I believe the local church is God's plan to change the world. Leave me a message, and let's see what we can work out.