What’s Your Bridge Worth?

Here are my assumptions: First, you know your content; second, you believe in your content. You know, based on past experience, that it helps people. It just plain works. Awesome. That, however, is not enough now in the world of fickle audiences. It works in your world, but that does not mean your audience will get it. Which audience am I referring to? Your next one. When I speak to a Toastmasters... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “James, Are You Talking to Us?”

Yikes! Be careful as a speaker/presenter. When I recently read James 3, I was a little taken aback. As believers and presenters, we have a great responsibility. James 3: “Taming the Tongue” 1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. I’m not sure if he is referring to teaching in general or to teaching of the... [Read more]

Stage Time: Two Ways You Never Really Know

Dan Jones, a mentor early on in my career, said, “Speech reaches deep.” Though I loved the line, I never really understood the depth of what he was saying until many years later. I thought it was a cool conference theme, and I can still remember the logo that went with it. It was an image of a tree and the underground roots that went as deep as the tree was tall. Hmmm. What do you know about your... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “Do You Eat This Way?”

OK, one more thing I was doing wrong. Eating. What? Yup, that’s what I said. I was eating wrong. Before we get to what I did wrong, let me mention something that I believe I did right. I remember speaking in Georgia last year, and I got seated at a head table. Not a fan of that at all, but if the event planner thinks it is important, I’ll do it. I don’t know about you, but, as an introvert, the... [Read more]

Darren’s Stage Time: Boom! I Didn’t Expect This Lesson!

Have you ever said to yourself, “I really need to . . .” Or “I know it would be good for me.” Or how about, “Someday I need to . . .” I think if you are a normal human, you have. If you are not normal, that could be an awesome thing in this case! But if you are normal like me, what is your self-talk about? What can you do about it? For me it was about organizing my office. I’ve been meaning... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “Favor Happens”

I wish I had thought up that beautiful sentiment. When much of the world is focused on “Sh## happens,” fyou and I can change our focus to the favor side. Both do happen, but it is what you look for that you will see more of. We are here to love God and love people. We can see more favor when we spend more time with people who see more favor. Whom do you spend time with? Proverbs 22:22-24 “Make... [Read more]

Darren’s Stage Time: Why Many Celebrity Speakers Suck

Wouldn’t it be cool to be a celebrity speaker? You’d get rock star treatment. You’d get in front of huge audiences. You’d also get a huge paycheck, possibly $20,000-$50,000! Wouldn’t that be cool? Marketing would be easy. No, marketing would not be easy. There are only so many conferences with those huge budgets, so many celebrities are vying for fewer spots. Being a celebrity who speaks... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “But Did You Recognize It?”

Do you believe in miracles? My church, Verve, is doing a series on miracles. Whenever I listen to a good series, it gets me to reflect on that aspect of my life. I was born with a deformity called a clubfoot, and the doctors told my parents that there was nothing that could be done until I was a teenager. This would have meant that I would have to live through my youth with a crippling deformity. My... [Read more]

Stage Time: Want to Be a Rock Star?

This question is not literal about the music industry. It is more about being a rock star in your industry or in your speaking niche. I don’t think anyone dreams of being average or in the back of the pack. If you do, congratulations. You don’t have to work too hard for that one. Sweet! If you are not trying to stand out, you may already be there. If you do want to be a rock star, what are you... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “What is That One Thing You Need?”

If I just had __________, I’d be happy. God help me! What is it for you right now? What’s that one thing you need? Ten years ago, what was it for you? Have you noticed that it changes throughout your life? Lately it has been clarity for me. In fact, over the past several weeks, I’ve actually been a bit depressed off stage. I’ve been on my knees praying for it. I’ve been asking for guidance... [Read more]