Workshops

Thursday

Establishing a Biblical Framework: Gain new confidence in your writing and speaking by learning how to find, unpack and deliver a solid theological foundation for your message

*This seminar is an upgrade available to Interactive Experience Pass purchasers

Lysa TerKeurst, Joel Muddamalle and Leah Chabai

 

In this practical and inspirational three-hour training, you’ll learn from Lysa TerKeurst and her theological research team (Joel Muddamalle and Leah Chabai) how to study, prepare for, organize and teach biblically accurate material for both speaking and writing opportunities. In this rare invitation to learn from Lysa and her team you’ll learn to:

  • Take a teaching or writing idea and deal with it in a biblically faithful way, ensuring God’s Word drives your teaching and writing.
  • Keep your theological research, writing and ideas captured in an organized way.
  • Walk through the process of theological review that considers both the audience and the accuracy.
  • Balance the Divinity and the humanity in the text.
  • Use theological and biblical tools that will enable you to be more efficient and effective in your Bible study research.

Friday

Narrow Your Niche: Offer LESS and Reach MORE People

Promise Tangeman-Wurzell

Are you stretched thin and tired of trying to be “all the things”? When your industry feels FLOODED with other people doing the exact same thing as you, it’s time to stand out by narrowing your “niche.” Find your specialty. Your thing. Your tribe. Your place in the industry. In this workshop, Promise Tangeman-Wurzell, the CEO & Creative Director of the web design company GoLive, will share what exactly a niche is, why it pays to simplify your offerings and how it translates to your brand and website. Get ready to experience big growth and switch from “reactive” to “proactive” in your marketing approach. 

In this session, we’ll discuss:

  • The benefits of establishing a niche.
  • Examples of companies killing it in their niche.
  • How to discover what your niche should be.
  • How to target and attract your ideal audience.
How to Get Started With YouTube to Share Your Message and Increase Your Impact

Christina Patterson 

Online video is not the future; it’s today. With 85% of internet users watching video content consistently, video presents a great way to share your message and increase your impact.

 

The idea of producing a video, however, can be intimidating. In this session, YouTuber and Bible Teacher Christina Patterson shares how simple it is to get started on YouTube, why you don’t need fancy and expensive equipment, and how to repurpose your video content to other social networks to expand your reach.

How to Build and Expand Your Professional Network and Community

Ruth Schwenk

Do you have a desire to build a network of relationships that will support and grow your business or ministry, but simply have no idea where to start? Networking can sometimes feel overwhelming and even unappealing. The reality is we all network to some extent, whether we call it that or not. The key is how and why we connect. In this highly practical workshop, Ruth Schwenk, longtime blogger, founder of The Better Mom and bestselling author of several books, will equip you to:

  • Implement a proven framework for building new and meaningful relationships.
  • Reach out to companies and people you want to partner with.
  • Stand out by making every connection genuine, personal and creative.
  • Strengthen connections through generosity and effective follow-up.
  • Create a powerful network that honors God, benefits others and also expands your reach.

Saturday

Laser-Like: How to Make Your Big Idea Unique, Potent and Powerful

Amy Carroll and Melanie Chitwood

 

You’ve got a topic you’re interested in, one you think you want to turn into a written or spoken message. But what do you do next? Narrowing the idea for your speech, chapter, article or devotion will make your idea more unique and appealing to your audience. From over two decades of combined experience speaking, writing and editing, Melanie Chitwood and Amy Carroll will help you to:

  • Take steps to go from the chaos of overwhelming ideas to a unique message.
  • Learn to listen to God and others in a way that brings focus to fuzzy concepts.
  • Honor the process that leads to a great idea, whether you’re a more organic thinker (like Melanie) or a more linear thinker (like Amy).
  • Find your most potent idea through practical hands-on exercises that can be replicated over and over when you get home.
Let the Story Teach

 Nicki Koziarz

 

As communicators, we live our best messages in the midst of stories. Crazy things happen to us. Interesting conversations take place around us. We walk through hard situations. And we want to share our life experiences with our audiences in an effective and powerful way.

Stories have the ability to break down the big emotional barrier between the person on a stage or behind the screen and the person hearing or reading the message. But they also offer a way to connect a teaching point to a person more effectively than any tool of verbal communication we could use.

In this interactive workshop, Proverbs 31 Speaker and LifeWay Author Nicki Koziarz will help you understand what type of storyteller you are, learn how to tell stories that stick (not slip), and discover how to allow your audience to put themselves into your story in a way that benefits them.

Nicki will show you a variety of ways to incorporate your stories into your messages, how many you should tell during a message, and help you personally think through what stories you should tell the next time you speak.

Writer/Speaker Productivity Hacks

Chrystal Evans Hurst

 

Don’t you wish every time you needed to write or prepare for a message, you could write in the perfect environment, for the perfect amount of time, with the perfect measure of inspiration?

The reality is that most speakers and writers are making the most of the time available and attempting to do great work in the most productive way possible. None of us have time to spare or waste. While many content creators would love to devote unending time to develop their craft in a favorite location with absolutely no distractions, the truth is that we simply need to create excellent content within the boundaries of our everyday lives.

If you need practical help for maximizing your time as a speaker and/or writer, Chrystal Evans Hurst has tangible tools that will help you get the job done.

Over the years, Chrystal has come across quite a few apps, hacks and tools to help her be a more effective writer and speaker. From storing her favorite material, to consistent content for social media, or writing a bestselling book, Chrystal will share apps and hacks that have helped her get content created and messages mapped out. After attending this session, you will be better prepared to effectively and efficiently prepare for your speaking opportunities and to get your writing done!

On-demand Library

Our curated on-demand library provides our Interactive Experience Pass purchasers extra training content in addition to the keynotes and 6 live workshops. All on-demand sessions will be available to view beginning one week prior to the conference and will remain available for viewing until April 2021.

10 Common Writing Mistakes and How to Correct Them

Glynnis Whitwer

With 20 years of editing experience, Glynnis Whitwer, executive director of communications at Proverbs 31 Ministries, has experience helping writers turn their rough first drafts into publication-ready pieces. In this workshop, she will identify the top 10 mistakes every writer can make and will show you how to easily self-edit your way to a stronger piece of writing.

You’ll learn:

  • Why pronouns weaken your authority.
  • How to engage your reader with the right type of descriptive words.
  • The most common trait of lazy writing.
  • The most dangerous time to share your writing with someone else.
Writing Creative & Challenging Bible Studies

Barb Roose

Imagine creating Bible study experiences that move women from checking off their daily quiet time box to enjoying challenging study experience that inspires their souls? Discover how you can use five creative elements to write a scripturally sound, well-researched and in-depth Bible study that will draw women in and keep them coming back!

How to Write a Chapter

Karen Ehman

You want to write a book; books are made up of chapters. So first, you must write a chapter, right? But where do you begin? Stop staring at the blank screen and discover a simple strategy for crafting a strong and effective chapter one step at a time. In this workshop, Karen will teach you:

  • The five key components of a strong chapter.
  • How to hook your reader right off the bat.
  • Ways to creatively weave in teaching, including biblical content.
  • A strategy for compiling and organizing content so you are ready to write.
  • A self-editing method that builds your confidence and strengthens your writing.
What Every Speaker Needs to Know

Cindy Bultema

Whether you are a “veteran” speaker or just getting your speaking ministry started, we’ve all had moments when we’ve thought, “I sure wish I would have known that ahead of time!” In this practical and inspiring workshop, you’ll learn how to enhance the effectiveness of your speaking ministry by:

  • Understanding the felt needs of your audience.
  • Creating messages that initiate life change, influence people, and expand your ministry’s impact.
  • Identifying potential pitfalls in your speaking ministry and navigate around them successfully.
  • Communicating effectively with the planning committee or organizer.
  • Leaving a lasting impression that encourages people to recommend you to other events.
How to Build a Message

Sharon Jaynes 

You’ve got an idea for a message. Maybe you have a good story. Perhaps you’ve prepared solid Bible teaching. But how do you merge the two together to build a message that is powerful, purposeful and life-changing? In this session, Sharon will share the principles for building a message from the ground up. Whether writing a book or preparing a speaking session, these principles will help you to craft a message that touches the reader’s or listener’s heart, transforms the mind and gives practical ways to apply the principles in everyday life. 

Making Your Speaking All About Ministry

Liz Curtis Higgs

 

Drawing from more than 30 years of speaking experience, Liz Curtis Higgs will address everything that happens ON the platform – beginning on the right note, speaking from the heart, telling stories, reading an audience, adjusting your message on the fly, watching for engagement, putting Scripture first, pausing to pray, using humor, being vulnerable and glorifying the Lord above all.

Develop Your Core Message That Will Work for Any Speaking Event

Micah Maddox  

When you get asked to speak at an event, it can take hours to prepare. First, you have to identify the topic or address the one you’ve been assigned. Then you have to study, prepare, practice and hope you are offering the listeners the value they are expecting. Then there are the questions: Should I write out my talk word for word? Should I use a detailed PowerPoint presentation? What if I lose my train of thought? Should I use more stories, include funny jokes, be serious, or talk louder or softer? Do I create a new talk every time I speak? What if I told you, you can cut your prep time down to one afternoon by crafting your unique core message that will work for any audience?

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to decide on your core message that will work for any audience, and how to tweak the message for each specific event.
  • How to begin your talk to help yourself and the audience relax.  
  • How to move from word-for-word notes to a simple outline.
  • Why less is more when it comes to slides, notes and visual illustrations.
  • How to tell your story in a way that engages even those who cannot relate directly with your experience. 
  • How to adjust your core message for each event without recreating your outline.
Hearing God’s Voice Through Scripture: A Study of Biblical Hermeneutics

Joel Muddamalle

 

What if reading God’s Word actually required listening? As we read these ancient divine words, one of the most important aspects before application is to hear clearly what God intends. Before we teach, preach, speak or write, this process serves as the foundation that everything else is built on. Join Joel Muddamalle, director of theology for Proverbs 31 Ministries, as he teaches through a process of reading and hearing God’s Word in a format that will allow you to teach, speak and write with confidence. These are the methods that are used in the theological process for research for Lysa TerKeurst, the First 5 app and other Proverbs 31 Ministries resources.

5 Secrets to Growing Your Instagram Community From Scratch

Ashley Morgan Jackson  

You pour your guts out in a post with the message God has placed in your heart, press “post” and you are met with the feeling of a tumbleweed blowing across the endless Instagram desert. You scroll past others who seem to post one word and accumulate endless interaction and wonder if you should even keep trying?  

If you know the possibilities of reaching many people through your Instagram, but have felt frustrated with where to start or how to reach more people with the message God has given you, this will be the place where you will learn how to make that possible for you, too! 

In this workshop, you will learn five secrets to growing your Instagram account that you will be able to start implementing immediately. 

You will walk away knowing:

  • How to create a bio that invites more people to want to click “follow.”
  • How to engage and lead a community that is more than just followers.
  • How to implement a plan that builds trust within that community.
  • How to activate the algorithm so it works for you instead of against you.
  • Which tools, apps and processes will help set you up for success.
How to Book and Conduct Irresistible Interviews

Kia Stephens   

Whether you have a podcast, run a YouTube channel or host a monthly Facebook live for your audience, you are always in need of new content. One way to manage the demand for fresh and engaging content is through the use of live interviews. This session will teach you how to book and conduct irresistible interviews that will have your audience asking for more. In this session, you will learn how to get interview guests, software tools, practical conversation tips and ways to repurpose your content on multiple mediums.

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