Speaking and Workshops

Need inspired? Or trained?

I speak to all sizes and types of groups. If you need a guest speaker for your retreat, conference or workshop, let’s talk! If you have a special topic in mind, let me know!

  • Speaking Topics
  • Workshop Topics

Speaking topics

I can design a talk for any theme, but here’s generally what I speak about:

Why Me?  

How to face the lingering question “why me” and find the positives in any trial and circumstance.

What NOT to say.

Learn what to say, and what not to say, when someone is suffering.

From the Colondar to Capitol Hill

My personal story of surviving colorectal cancer at age 17 and my journey into advocacy, and the importance of survivor stores.

Faith-based speaking topics:

How to keep the faith (When you feel like giving God the finger).

How to get honest with the emotions of trials and suffering – especially as a Christian.

Be still and know. (When your mind won’t stop racing).

Ways to calm the brain, and learn mindfulness, to process and heal from struggles.

What to pray (When you’re just not feeling it).

When you can’t find the words to pray, here are a few starters.

Uprooting unbelief (And other dangerous weeds).

Recognizing the root of unbelief and how to heal when trials and suffering reveal it.

Workshop Topics

Workshops I Teach

Interactive, hands-on workshops focused on communication topics.

Share Your Story / Share your Testimony

This two-part, hands-on workshop covers the importance of storytelling, the building blocks of a great story, tips for making a story memorable and practical suggestions for writing a blog, public speaking and doing a video interview.

*Initially created for a Christian audience, this can be tailored as a faith-based workshop that includes scripture, biblical references and homework encouraging attendees to spend time with the Lord before they share their testimonies.

Pick Your Paint: Writing for the Web Versus Online

You wouldn’t paint your kitchen with outdoor, deck stain. So you shouldn’t write your online content like you would traditional, printed projects. In this workshop, we cover the nuances and opportunities in writing blogs, websites and social media posts.


SEO content writers are like the secret, undercover agents of search engine optimization. In this workshop, we learn how to use the right weapons for online content writing and identify opportunities lurking in the dark. Let’s use our Intelligence to make sure your website or blog gets in on the action!

31 Ways to Answer to “Did it Work?”

Did it work? What’s the impact? Every team asks these questions once a campaign launches, but not all teams know how to answer them. In this workshop, I offer 31 ideas for determining if a campaign worked (or not), and the tools you’ll need to track progress and success.