Fall is upon us, complete with beautiful fall colors and raging thunderstorms. It’s a busy season for getting children back to school, football games, and preparing for the holidays. I love decorating for the fall season with pumpkins, gourds and the colorful mums that abound in the markets. It’s a busy time for speakers as well, and I am also booking retreats for the spring of 2015. As I was thinking about what to discuss in this month’s blog, I made a startling discovery.
It’s football season in Texas — Friday Nights Lights for real! And here in Waco, the big news has been Baylor University’s new McLane Stadium, and the nationally ranked Baylor Bears. As Baylor alumnae, my husband and I are enthusiastically following our beloved Bears, even though the first game saw temperatures of over 100 degrees. But then the next Saturday we shivered in a brisk wind on a 58 degree Saturday morning watching our great-grandson make a touchdown in Little League Football. The result of hard workouts and practices.
It’s also the season for booking retreats and speaking engagements, and the sticky issue of quoting fees for your speaking engagements. How do you make a touchdown, so to speak, in negotiating a fee for your speaking engagement?
After an unusually cool spring and month of June, our typical Texas summer has come in with the fireworks of the 4th of July this past week. But those of us who have grown up in Texas, are used to it, and we get through it every year. Some may feel like the fireworks fly when it comes to the Q&A time after one has delivered one’s talk. Well, I have a confession to make …
In this collection of four novellas acclaimed author Golden Keyes Parsons delves into the lives of four nameless women from the Gospels–the woman caught in adultery, the woman at the well, the woman who anointed Jesus’s feet, and the woman who touched the hem of His garment.
Discover through the eyes of faith and fiction how women—trapped, alone, broken—yet who ventured boldly into the path of Jesus…to leave forever changed.
Golden Keyes Parsons writes historical fiction, and is also a popular speaker. Her highly acclaimed Darkness to Light Series chronicled the journey of French Huguenots. His Steadfast Love is a Civil War novel set in Texas. You can contact Golden at www.goldenkeyesparsons.com.
Golden Keyes Parsons here in Central Texas wondering if the cold weather of this winter will end anytime soon. We have had several cycles of freezing degree nights swinging to 80's during the day. I don't ever remember the weather fluctuations being this varied and long lasting before.
Greetings from Golden Keyes Parsons here in East Texas on a drizzly, cold January day. I am always delighted and excited when I am on my way to a speaking engagement, but with the weather we’ve had the past few weeks, along with the rest of the country, I’m rather relieved I don’t have to travel anytime soon.
So let’s continue with the last of our Speaker Don’t’s:
Golden Keyes Parsons here looking forward to celebrating the birth of our Savior in just a little more than a week. It is a festive season with a flurry of activities. Many of us have speaking engagements this time of year, and a luncheon, tea or banquet is usually the preferred event rather than a retreat. Although it is easier to come up with a one-session message, we only have one shot at them. What we have to say needs to be crisp and to the point.
Let’s continue our discussion with some speaker DON’Ts this time…
Golden Keyes Parsons here in Central Texas where the leaves are just beginning to turn and fall. We don’t have near the beautiful color in our trees as in New England or the Rockies where the aspen turn the mountains to gold, but every now and then one will see a tree showing off its color.
It is also a popular season for retreats and luncheons, so let’s continue with our Speaker Do’s and Don’ts. We discussed five last time: 1. DO speak on your passion. 2. DO speak to the listener’s heart. 3. DO be aware of the doctrine of the group. 4. DO keep a bag ready with things to take. 5. DO remember the speaker is always on stage.