2012 Speaking Calendar
June 22nd -23rd – Kentucky Christian Writer’s Conference – Elizabethtown, KY
September 24th-28th – Maranatha Christian Writer’s Conference – Muskegon, MI
Dan is available on a limited basis to speak to a variety of groups. Dan has experience speaking to groups of all flavors, including men’s groups, Bible conferences, teen groups, retreats, political gatherings, and writer’s conferences.
Though Dan is extremely flexible with topics, here are a few of the suggested ones:
Three Dangers for “Good” Christian Kids: – This can be three sessions or it can be individual ones. The thrust of these sessions are to encourage good Christian kids to live beyond the level of mediocrity, to do more than settle for “not doing drugs.” Consists of three sessions:
- God Makes Masterpieces, Not Mistakes
- God’s Will is Not a Rubik’s Cube
- Growing Up isn’t a Bad Thing
The Big “M” word. Maturity and responsibility sound so . . . boring. But they may be the most important character traits in a young man or young woman. Fight against the world’s low expectations and learn how to demonstrate leadership in your youth.
Owning Your Faith Guess what, nobody really cares what your Dad thinks. What do you think? A challenge to young people to take ownership of their faith. Draws from the lessons from Josiah and Joseph.
Keynote Stuff: (Can also be done as individual workshops)
Polishing Your Gift: So you can put two words together, you’re Mom says you’re a good writer, and your essay was posted on the wall in sixth grade. What does that mean? It means you may be gifted, but in order to see you’re gifts maximized for God’s Kingdom, you’re gift must be polished.
Writing for Man or Writing for God. Let’s face it, anyone who writes for publication has an ego. We like to see our name in the byline. But would would we write if we never saw another paycheck? Why do we write? And how do we keep the eternal perspective in a narcissistic world?
The Art of Devotional Writing: Increasingly, people are turning to devotionals for inspiration, online, in print, through email, in denominational publications. Devotionals often lift someone’s spirits and take the Words of God and surgically apply them to someone’s heart. This is a two-part series: a) The Structure of a Devotional b) Getting Your Devotionals Published
Writing for the Youth Culture: How do you communicate with the ever-reaching/ever-changing world of young people? Do you chase trends and pop culture? What are teens looking for? Authenticity, creativity? And what should we as writers deliver to them?
Writing Columns: You’ve got an opinion and you want to share it. How to break into the world of writing columns, whether local or national or online.
The Editor in Your Head: You’d like to hire an editor, but you don’t want to mortgage your house. Some basic tools to use self-editing to your advantage, using it to flow and not stifle your creative flow.
Writing from Your Passions: How to write what you love. To break into the business, we all take work on subjects about which we have little passions, but that doesn’t mean you have to abandon those projects and ideas you’ve kept dormant. Here is how to bend your passions into usable, marketable, sellable material to publications looking for material.
Magazine Article Writing: Hundreds of Christian publications are looking for content for their websites, take-home papers, devotional magazines, denominational publications, etc. Learn to think like editors think, using their needs as a way of building up your credentials.
Managing Your Writing Life: For those of us who don’t have oodles of time, a writing cabin in the Alps, and seventeen assistants, we are forced to managed budgets, families, and real jobs. Learn how to keep a project flowing by writing in manageable chunks of time.
Turn Your Preaching into Writing and Turn Your Writing into Preaching: If you regularly preach or speak, you may have read-made content that can be converted into publication. Learn how to repurpose your teaching content into usable and sellable material. And learn how to take your writings and convert them into speaking outlines.
Repurposing: The Easy Guide to Marketing and Visibility: So you don’t have a large marketing budget like the bestselling authors. Actually you don’t have any marketing budget. That’s okay. Learn how to repurpose your material for use in articles and devotional publications, not only garnering free publicity, but making an income as well.
Network Building for the Shy One: Most writers are introverts, but social networking is the key to reaching your target audience. Learn how to build a platform one relationship at a time. We’ll discuss how to get your pitch down to something you’re comfortable saying and something worth listening to. We’ll also discuss ways to get free publicity, such as book reviews, etc. This is for the published author with at least one book.
Building a Lasting Platform: So you have a great manuscript idea, but the publisher says those dreaded words, “You have no platform.” You wonder, “How can I have a platform if I have no book?” Learn how to build a network on social networking sites, how to create a lasting blog presence and how to discover how God can use your message to impact others for His Kingdom.
Bible and Leadership Conferences:
The Superhero Syndrome (Battling Burnout) – Lessons from Elijah’s Meltdown in 1 Kings 19
When Pizza is More Important than Prayer – Why rest, nourishment is vital to sustaining the Christian life – Elijah 1 Kings 19
Praying in ALL CAPS - Ever wish you could send an angry email to God? This talk goes through Psalm Asaph’s raw expressions in Psalm 78. Why it’s okay sometimes to scream at God and what we learn in our time in “the sanctuary.”
When God Moves a Man – Life of Abraham. This is a panaramic overview of Abraham’s life, looking at God’s work in this man’s heart, moving him from idolatrous to half-way faith to all-out sacrifice. And how God similarly grows our faith.
A Blank Check from God – What if we really took seriously God’s invitation to “ask anything in His name?” – John 14
Jonah – Runaway Prophet (four-part series)
When God is Offline – What do you when you can’t see God. – from the life of Job.
A Joshua Generation – Taking seriously our call as men to lead spiritually in our homes – from Joshua’s pledge “We will serve the Lord.”
The Art of Genuine Friendship – How to foster deep, abiding, life-affirming male friendships.
Building a Foundation of FAITH (five-part series on the core values of the Family)
Why Outcome-Based Parenting Isn’t Biblical and Doesn’t Work – A misapplication of Proverbs 22:6 has led to guilt and shame by many parents. Discover why this proverbs is just that — a proverb and why we parent biblically not based on the outcome, but because of a deep desire to be faithful to God.
Give Them Hope – Christian parents are often so overcome with trying to iron out behaviors that they forget to instill hope. Learn why faith in your kids and an environment of grace and not fear helps foster a lifelong relationship with your kids.