Are You a Lamplighter?

As presenters, no matter what the topic is, I believe we have an awesome responsibility. We are given the opportunity to be lamplighters every time we take the stage. Do you understand what I mean? The analogy for us as presenters comes from the 1942 World Champion of Public Speaking, Cavett Robert. Cavett was famous for being the Founder of the National Speakers Association. He was known to close... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “A Little Story that Inspires”

The Bible is full of inspiring stories from Job to Jonah. I have to remind myself to look at the examples of faith in simple stories, too. For example: Mark 2:4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. The man and his friends dug through a roof to get closer to Jesus.... [Read more]

The Silent Profit Thief

What is your best use of time right now? Right now you are choosing to use your time reading this article. Cool. Self-development and education are very important. Have you ever sat down and asked yourself what the most valuable use of your time is and then actually made sure you are investing time in your most highly valued tasks? If you don’t, you’re not organized, and it’s costing you money,... [Read more]

Do You Mind the Gap?

Have you ever traveled by rail in Europe? When I did a 12-city speaking tour with Ed Tate 3 years ago, we traveled around Europe mostly by rail. Every time we boarded or stepped off the train, the porter would remind us over the intercom to, “Mind the gap.” There is a considerable gap between the rail car and the platform, and you could easily trip or get a wheel on your luggage caught if you... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “The Qualifier”

I still crack myself up as I learn on this journey. It is funny how I missed some of the simplest things even though they were right there in front of me. John 14:14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. Thank goodness for my church’s daily reading program that also explains things to help make them clearer. I did not realize that the “in my name” was the qualifier. When you... [Read more]

The Cubs, You, and Me: A Lesson for Speakers

Even if you’re not a sports fan, you probably heard about the Chicago Cubs baseball team’s breaking one of the longest non-winning streaks in sports history. Just last week they won the World Series in dramatic fashion after a 71-year drought. What does this mean to you and me as speakers? It might mean more than you think. When you and I are on stage, part of our secret ingredient should be hope.... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “Yikes, Technology!”

Too often I think, “I’ve got this. I don’t need help in that area.” I’ll be open: sometimes I feel needy when I ask for help from God. Sometimes I think this is too trivial to ask Him for help. My pastor, who often uses the analogy of a father/child relationship, usually reminds me to realize that God wants to help us. Many times each day in many ways, we are the widow. 1 Timothy 5:5 The... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “Baptized Again?”

I struggled with this for months. I was raised Roman Catholic and was baptized as a child with my mom, dad, and godfather. It is part of a tradition in that religion. My life changed in 2014 when I looked at having a closer relationship with God. I found a new family at my church, Verve. They were the most nonjudgmental people I may have ever met. The example of their dedication to God encouraged... [Read more]

Consistency Counts More Than You Think!

In the speaking world, many important concepts are taught: from connecting to storytelling to powerful closes. They are important. One idea that is rarely talked about, though, but which is possibly more important is consistency. One of the definitions of the word consistency, according to is this: The condition of cohering or holding together and retaining form; solidity or firmness. Whether... [Read more]

Lights, Camera, HUMOR!

No matter what type of presentation you give – sales, meeting with your managers, or addressing the company about upcoming changes – nothing helps you connect better with an audience, puts people at ease, and prevents blank stares like the use of humor. “But, Darren, I’m just not funny.” Before you throw in the comedy towel, realize that people aren’t born either... [Read more]