Speaking & Writing

Why You MUST Tell Your Story

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Why You MUST Tell Your Story

“What are you afraid of?” our small group leader asked one night. “That once it’s all said and done,” I whispered, “no one will have heard my voice.”   The Dream Then, in that same faint murmur, I went on to describe a dream I had all through my twenties:   Soaking wet with temple veins bulging and jawbone locked, I would refuse to exhale until I raced through each of ten rounds of foot-pounds on the rough, unforgiving pavement—and even then, my breath would be...

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The Taboo Test: Engage your audience with what you do NOT say

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The Taboo Test: Engage your audience with what you do NOT say

The geniuses at Hasbro had the right idea when they came up with a party game that had players shouting, laughing, interrupting each other, thinking with their arms and fists, and jumping to their feet.   They published the game, Taboo, the most engaging game I’ve ever played and one I’d highly recommend as a warm-up exercise for any writer or speaker who wants their God-given message embedded in the hearts and on the tongue tips of all who encounter...

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What Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and Your Life Have in Common

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What Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and Your Life Have in Common

They are all wonderful illustrations of . . . redemption told through story.  In each case, someone orphaned or lost is pursued with great fervor until he is brought back to where he should be, and where his primary relationship or purpose is restored. In Finding Nemo, a young fish’s disobedience causes him to be swept away far from his home. He encounters all kinds of danger while his father searches for him unrelentingly, and they are ultimately reunited. In The Lion King,...

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For All You “Les Mis” Groupies

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For All You “Les Mis” Groupies

For all you Les Mis Groupies: Every once in a while I jump in my car, roll up the windows to create that perfect Surround-Sound, and blast my favorite songs from the original soundtrack of the Broadway musical, Les Miserables, based on Victor Hugo’s novel by the same name. Yesterday was one of those days. And once again I found myself overwhelmed with such clear themes of law, grace, forgiveness and redemption. Origin of the Lyrics What’s interesting, though, is that it seems...

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A Sweet Love Story – Two thumbs up!

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A Sweet Love Story – Two thumbs up!

Wow! Just gotta smile at a great love story. You’ve been hearing a lot today about the late Roger Ebert–journalist and  film critic famous for his thumbs up or thumbs down take on movies. I wonder if the best love story he ever had the pleasure of reporting was his own. In her article for omg! on Yahoo, “Who was the Love of Roger Ebert’s Life?”,  (4/4/13), Lizbeth Scordo pulls an entry from Ebert’s blog  in the Chicago Sun Times, posted last summer on...

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Top Five Reasons You Should Click on the Link Below

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Christian Communicators Conference   You’ve been called to minister to women, and you think increasing your monthly cell phone minutes is the way to go.   You’re satisfied with the three people who read your blog.   You don’t know what a blog is.   You don’t know why Espadrilles and shoulder pads may not work when you’re speaking to college girls about business savvy.   You’re pretty sure no one else understands what...

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Writer Tips: Get your picture to appear when you comment on blogs

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Writer Tips: Get your picture to appear when you comment on blogs

I’ve hit my head against the wall on this one. How can I have my picture posted literally everywhere, and still have a blank box next to my name when I comment on someone else’s blog? Simple and easy:  Go to www.gravatar.com, fillout a little info, and upload the picture(s) you want. You can even link your pics to correspond to specific email addresses.  Once done, your picture will appear with your name when you comment on...

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How to Fuel the Budding Writer or Illustrator in Your Child

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How to Fuel the Budding Writer or Illustrator in Your Child

Write a simple story for your child and have him or her illustrate it . . . Or have your child make up a story that you illustrate. Neither of you will ever forget the experience! Decide which illustrations go with what part of your text and make note of it on the back of the illustrations, and on digital copies of your manuscript. Send your original story and illustrations to a printer who can have them bound into a hardcover or paperback book according to your specifications, and wait to...

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