Writing is a Team Sport

Posted by on Nov 16, 2013 | No Comments

I recently had the privilege of speaking at the Northwest Christian Writers Association, which I joined in 2007. Following are the notes from my talk. Links to segments of the video are provided in the text. Six years ago I showed up at my first Northwest Christian Writers Association meeting. I was excited because I […]

The Power in the Pause

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 | No Comments

Inexperienced story tellers and speakers often rush through their narrative as if they were a rodent on crack–and overlook the power of pacing. A well placed pause can add suspense and conflict to a tale. For a great example of this let’s turn to the classic movie, Casablanca. One of the most famous movie lines of […]

The Power of Persistence: The Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 | No Comments

The balcony of my third floor apartment was so close to Sydney Harbor that with a running start from the living room I could plant my foot on the rail and  dive into the murky waters below. Directly across was the Opera House and to my right was the Sydney Harbor Bridge, affectionately known as […]

A Higher Calling for Story Telling

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 | No Comments

“The only reason for giving a speech is to change the world.” John F. Kennedy I love telling stories but now is the time to raise the stakes for this blog.  And the best way to explain why is, of course, through a story. If you’ve watched the movie, Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham […]