You’d think we’d have public speaking training down pat. We run our own speaking camps, for crying out loud, through our ministry. We send champions off to national competitions where they win, some of whom are our own children.
But public speaking ourselves is an entirely different beast. So Wendy and I are attending Ken Davis and Michael Hyatt’s S.C.O.R.R.E. conference next week. Let me tell you who is behind this conference, what it is exactly, and why we’re going. I’m going to ask you something specific that may interest you in the end of this post.
If you don’t know Ken Davis, get to know him. He’s been in comedy for 40 years and is one of the most sought after public speakers in the country. I had the privilege of meeting him at another conference in 2010 where our similar hearts to “train minds for action” were shared. He came and spoke at our Training Minds Camp in 2011, and I have been working for him and his outfit since November, even flying out to Minnesota for one of his live events. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with him, his heart for young people, and his vision to train others in the skills he has made a life of.
I also met Michael Hyatt in 2010. He has since wrapped up his CEO work with Thomas-Nelson Publishers (he still serves as chairman), the largest Christian publisher in the world. He, actually, was a student of Ken Davis, learning the ropes on how to develop a career in public speaking. Today, Mr. Hyatt is one of the most successful bloggers (nearly 200,000 subscribers) and is growing to be one of the most sought after speakers in the country.
These credentials speak for themselves, but wait till you hear what they actually do…
The two of them, along with a host of certified SCORRE coaches, will personally train the adult students in their public speaking. Davis has been teaching this curriculum for two decades, and I’ve watched his DVDs published several years ago. The four days of training include teaching sessions and coaching through the platform speeches we wish to cover.
Check out the schedule. We’re gearing up for a great training time, which leads us to why we’re going.
You know our blog, and you know we love to speak on the power and importance of LOVE. We like to think it is a unique platform, to speak into families on Love in the House. Even if it weren’t unique, we feel called to speak on the most important commandment. As the subtitle of our 2007 book encourages its readers: “Fill your home with the Greatest Commandment.”
But we need training. Wendy recently spoke at a homeschool group close to home, and she has a couple more events queued up in the near future, but she wants to speak more. She has quite a testimony. I, too, have platforms on small business, entrepreneurism, hunting, and fatherhood. We have raised three children, have 13 more coming through the home, and we have a lot to say. We just need the training to say it.
Our Favor to Ask
We have two specific favors to ask you…
- Pray for us. We’re stepping out of our comfort zone. We really feel God behind this commitment, but it’s still a little scary.
- Consider booking us. We want to speak, but we have very limited time. Our times allowed are tight.
- Follow us. We both will be tweeting messages through the event: Chris’s Twitter, Wendy’s Twitter, our Facebook Page.
If you made it this far in this blog post, you are a real friend. Thank you for hearing us out. God bless you and your family!