Powerful Storytelling Tool: Hmm . . .

When you think of a powerful tool, what image comes to mind? One definition, according to Dictionary.com, is “anything used as a means of accomplishing a task or purpose.” Well, if you use stories to accomplish a task or a purpose, here is a powerful tool you simply must use. It is simple yet rarely used. Whether you are a professional presenter, corporate presenter, or just a lover of stories,... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “Sometimes It Is Good; Sometimes Not”

You and I are different. You and I may also have some similarities. Neither right nor wrong. In some ways good, and in some ways maybe not as good. It depends on the situation and your beliefs. One of my characteristics is that I can be legalistic. I’ve come to learn that this can have its place. While I’m trying to learn to live more of the life God intended for me, I sometimes come to a situation... [Read more]

Stage Time: Got Dreams? Warning!

Dreams are great. The climb and struggle toward achieving your dreams are essential, but today I want to cover the other side of dreams. Beware, passionate dreamer, people are out to make money on your passion for your dream. It is good to have a dream. It is great to pursue it. We all need help getting there. I’m just saying that you should pause before you pursue. My friend Ford Saeks says bluntly,... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “It Makes Me Uncomfortable”

OK, let me say this right up front. I don’t like conflict, and I avoid it when I can. There, I admitted it. As I learned more about what my walk with Jesus is really supposed to look like, I knew I’d have to make some adjustments, but some are easier than others. It felt right to stop judging people outside the church, non-believers. I did not realize until my rededication that I needed to be more... [Read more]

Presentation Skills: A New Puppy Can Learn an Old Trick

Do you look for presentation tips everywhere you can? There are lessons all around you if you look. With my passion for teaching presentation skills, sometimes it is hard to turn that part of my brain off. My friend’s stepdaughter was performing in a grade school play, Annie, Jr. I went to support her. Watching the kids get ready for their performance took me back to my school days. For many of... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “Still Struggling to Learn This”

What are you still struggling with? My struggle is with an ingrained perspective change, one that I lived by for years and that I have now learned wasn’t right. Growing up Roman Catholic, I was taught that I would get into heaven based on my good works. Now I realize that according to the Bible, I have it wrong. The more I study and learn, the more I’m seeing that my understanding was wrong, very... [Read more]

Why Do the Little Things Really Matter?

At some of our events, people watch Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE, me, and the other World Champions coaching. Sometimes I can detect observers wondering, “That seems a little nitpicky. Do those things really matter?” Yes, Virginia, the little things really do matter. For example, you may know that Patricia is not a fan of the word “stuff.” She says that using it is sloppy. You may have seen me... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “You Are the Sower”

(Reminder, this is just a journal of my mistakes, experiences, and thoughts along my journey to having a closer relationship to God. I do not claim to be an authority on the subject. If you want to know The Way, read The Bible.) This passage, along with Craig Valentine’s insight, is what inspired the Stage Time article I wrote today, “Why Do the Little Things Really Matter?” The Parable of the... [Read more]

Stage Time: Purple Rain Prince-iple

Prince, R.I.P. Did you like Prince’s music? What did you think of him? Did you like him? Not like him? What can you learn from him and apply to your career and life? His passing has created so much talk about him, and it is easy to see that he led an interesting life. I learned that he was 5’2” tall and always performed wearing heels. He was also an incredible basketball player when he was young.... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “Is Prince Talking About God?”

(Reminder, this is just a journal of my mistakes, experiences, and thoughts along my journey to having a closer relationship to God. I do not claim to be an authority on the subject. If you want to know The Way, read The Bible.) With all the talk going on about Prince’s passing, I was curious to learn more. In my Google searches I discovered that some people think that “Purple Rain” is meant... [Read more]