Free Webinar for Pastors, Group Leaders, Teachers, and Church Volunteers


It’s not news that churches suddenly had to go online a year ago or lose the ability to connect with their people and serve a hurting world. Many of us did exactly that, and you may now be having two reactions.

  1. I’m so glad we can get in-person again and leave this whole Zoom thing behind!
  2. I’ve been doing this for a year. I know what I’m doing.

Either of those may cause you trouble!

  1. Zoom and its cousins (like Microsoft Teams and Google Meets) are not going away any time soon. People have found they can connect without having to spend time and money on travel. Plus, there’s a whole population of people “out there” we can’t reach with our existing technology (and by that, I mean our church buildings and the way we’ve been doing things for a long time).
  2. You may have heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect.” It’s wrong. The reality is, practice just make permanent. If you have been trying to do on Zoom just what you had been doing in your classrooms and pulpits, you are probably not using the new medium in the most useful way. It’s like doing a TV newscast with just a radio announcer reading the news on camera.

The most important factor in an engaging meeting is YOU—and by that, I mean the sense of your presence, a human being people can relate to. There’s a reason the gospel spread person to person. There’s a reason just handing people a tract does little good. Most people will not visit a church unless someone invites them, and they come because a person made them feel welcome.

Zoom can do that. But not the way most of us have been using it.

This Thursday (yes, that soon!) you have the opportunity to attend a FREE webinar to help you make what you’re already doing even more effective. It’s called “Online Presence: Engagement Beyond Worship.” We will cover topics such as:

  • Why do we need to use Zoom differently?
  • How do I hold the attention of students?
  • What should I do besides talk?
  • What can I do about Zoom fatigue? (Hint: there’s no such thing.)
  • How do I protect the group against disrupters while maintain an open, welcoming atmosphere?
  • How do I get a virtual background looking good without spending an arm and a leg?
  • How can I foster a sense of group identity?

We will cover all that and more. Join us at 2 p.m. OR at 7 p.m. Each session will be live, not a repeat, so we can speak directly to your concerns.

Seats are limited, though, so grab yours now!

Register for the 2 p.m. webinar

Register for the 7 p.m. webinar

Questions! Email us.

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This site has been inactive for quite some time. My life’s direction has been changing. I don’t want to lose what we’ve build up over years, but we really need to update things before moving ahead. So if you stumble across the site in the meantime, I just want to let you know that we haven’t forgotten about the site, and we will soon be offering you new, practical tools for effective communication. Please bookmark us and come back. Thanks!

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You’ll get the posts first

If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that challenges at home have often interfered with regular posting. I appreciate your sticking with me. I wanted to let you know that, once again, things are changing around what has variously been called King’s Corner and Speaking Impact.

Some of you have probably forgotten that you even subscribed! Others have come on board in recent weeks, usually via a post on Medium, where I have been doing most of my short-form writing in the last year or so. You may decide to unsubscribe with the recent updates, and if so, no hard feelings, and I wish good things for you. But you might want to browse through this post before deciding to do so. Continue reading

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The texture of words

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What is that magic air mover?

Words carry more than information. The words you choose change the texture, the flavor of the information. They change the way readers view the world.

For instance, my public speaking students frequently choose “Legalization of Marijuana” as a topic. (The fact that they have been choosing this topic for over 30 years says something about our nation, but that’s for another article.) The audience of college students has probably heard this discussed dozens of times in various settings. So I suggest instead they discuss “Relegalization of Marijuana.” That often makes audiences cock their heads, the way a dog looks at a ceiling fan. That recasting of the topic can completely change the way the speaker approaches the topic and the way the audience hears it. Continue reading

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Medium roundup for April 6

I got behind on posting updates here, but I’ve been getting a lot of writing done on Medium. (Follow me there.) As my own writing evolves, I continue to focus on effective communication, but I’m also branching out into other areas of interest. This blog is, therefore, more and more focusing on my work as a writer in general. Accordingly, I will start including here links to things other than just communication-related posts, but I will use subheads to help you find the things you are most interested in.

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Roundup of Medium articles continued

Last week I posted all the Medium articles I have posted touching on communication from January and February. If you missed my reasons for doing so, you might like to know.

Today I’m getting everything caught up—all the articles so far in March. I will then start sharing a roundup post each Friday, so the email list remains the best way to keep up with such posts.

I write on life management topics as well, so if you would like to see everything I write, follow me on Medium or look on Patreon for access to everything, including material that otherwise would only be available to Medium members (although you could just join Medium).

That catches up through Friday, March 16, 2018. I have others in the queue right now, though, so be sure to watch your email and this blog for updates, or follow on Medium or Patreon.

As always, I hope to help you increase your impact and influence!

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Roundup of Medium articles

Here is the index post of Medium articles I’ve posted through February—or at least the ones connected to effective communication. I’ll catch up on March a little later. If you would like to see all of my Medium articles, you can find them here.

That catches up all of January and February. I’ll catch up March before Friday.

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Speaking Impact: Changing because life changed


Long-time readers (and there are several of you out there—thank you!) know that I have gone through periods of not posting much. You might think that I’ve just gone through one of those and that it’s related to the loss of my son, which is the last thing I wrote about here.

You would be partly right.

On the other hand, you would be very wrong, and I need to update you, therefore. Continue reading

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What I learned when my son died

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I have learned some hard lessons recently. I wrote this last week:

It seems so wrong to be sitting here in his hospital room, him over there so quiet, because he passed away this morning — my beloved 32-year-old son. Continue reading

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