SLC 2013 – Dallas: Only 2 Months Away

I am so excited to train more teenage leaders this summer! We’ve got a great team assembled and a new site in Dallas–that’s only 2 months away. Do you have some potential leaders that you can “lean into” and cast vision for who they can become? If so, invite them (their life might be changed by that invitation of belief–mine was when I was in 9th grade)! We’re not looking for your entire youth group, we’re looking for a few.

PLUS MANY MORE… Click here for our entire speaker lineup!

Question: What questions do you have? I’ll be happy to answer them. Post them here.

The difficulty of public speaking–message preparation, Part 1


Writing good message is hard work.

As I wrote in my book (with Duffy Robbins), Speaking To Teenagers, I believe that the craft of writing impactful messages is a very difficult task. There’s so many moving parts: the right word choices, the content, and the illustrations all work together to create something that people want to listen to and will move them toward life-change.

All good communicators want life-change!

But, it’s so difficult… especially to do it well week after week.

While I’m working on a message I’m always thinking about how to allow my content to “breath” a little so my audience stays with me. I try to give my audience enough space to listen so they feel like they’re in a conversation rather than a lecture. I’m constantly thinking illustrate, show rather than tell, relieve the tension, surprise them, drop a laugh-line, grab their attention, etc…

Because I take this craft very serious, I have gathered some friends along the way whom I will occasionally “run things by” so they’ll read my message (or a portion of my message) and give me feedback.

One of these guys is Brian Bird. Brian was one of my youth ministry volunteers for many years and the dad of several kids who went through our youth group. In addition to being an amazing man, he’s got a cool job. He’s a writer. He writes TV shows, movies, etc… He was the executive producer for Touched By An Angel and wrote on sitcoms for many years prior to that. He’s the real deal, and he’s on my informal “communication team.” [His blog is here and Twitter is @brbird.]

Last weekend I was preparing to teach at Mariners Church and I sent out a “help” email to a few buddies to get some help with word-choice. Every time this happens I get a new education of communication.

Tomorrow, in Part 2, I’ll show you the string of emails that took place between Brian and I and all that I learned. I think it will be helpful for those who communicate on a regular basis and have a desire to improve.

Part 2: coming tomorrow.

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Learn how to speak better


If you’re in the Southern CA area, I’d love to invite you to a seminar to improve your communication/speaking skills.

While it’s primarily intended for those who speak to teenagers, there’s a ton of practical and helpful information for anyone who is a speaker.

Here’s the details:

Thursday October 4th (9am-4pm)
Saddleback Church (at the Refinery)
1 Saddleback Parkway… Lake Forest, CA

Price: $25 pre-registration
$20 (groups of 4+)
$50 walk-up

Register at: www.speakingtoteenagers.com

Here’s what you’ll learn:


Question: We’d love for you to join us… what questions do you have? Write them here.