Listen to Discover Purpose

What if there truly is one thing that will enable you to impact others—to connect, heal, love, guide, celebrate, honor—like no other. What if that one thing is listening?

I linked to an insightful blogpost by Gavin Ortlund a few years ago. I’ve yet to find anything on the Internet like it so I’m eager to share it with you today.

Be sure to visit Gavin’s post: 20 Qualities of Good Listeners.

His 6th quality is a challenge for me.

Gavin writes:  “Good listeners don’t feel threatened by not controlling the conversation. They are comfortable with silence. They give the speaker unthreatened, unhurried space in which to operate while communicating.”

I’m praying God will enable me to restrain my natural enthusiasm for people and give them the gift of “unhurried space” to respond. I want to slow down and value the silence which gives us time to listen and reflect.

Join me in taking to heart his list of 20 Qualities of Good Listeners. Reflect, pray and practice the qualities that will help you give the gift of being heard.  Impact others lives—connect, heal, love, guide, celebrate and honor.  We are surrounded with people aching for these demonstrations of grace.

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Which of the 20 qualities do you want to see more of in your life?

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Tips for Event Planners

Keep it simple.

Women who are new at finding a speaker for a Christian women’s event get a little nervous about contacting potential speakers. First of all, they’ve probably spent a lot of time asking around for names of good speakers and are absolutely thrilled when a friend shares the name of a speaker she absolutely loved.

The woman fires off an email to a potential speaker—but gives very little information about her event. I often receive emails that ask only if I am available the date of an event. This video gives event planners—especially newbies—some great tips to prepare them for their first contact with potential speakers.

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I’m now scheduling for Fall/Winter 2013.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who’ve referred me to other event planners.
I appreciate the new opportunities that come through word-of-mouth referrals!

Visit my speaking topics page to browse my current messages for teen girls and women. 

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Listening: Gator in the Granny Lane

Semi-trucks on I-80 in beautiful Iowa

It’s a long way to Omaha. He’s feeling a little bleary-eyed and reaches for something to keep him awake. “Breaker one-nine, Anteater, ya got your ears on?

An unknown driver answers back, “A-Firm-ative, this is Sleepin Beauty—I go by Sleepin B. What’s yer 10-20? Over.”

“Yah, this is Walleye. Back-door to a load of go-go girls.”

“Aah, that’d be Skillsaw in the rockin’ chair,” Sleeping replies. “Haven’t heard from him since mile marker nine. ‘Figure he’s reading the mail, or checking for pinholes in the back of his eyelids.” He chuckles.

Walleye hits the key, “Yah, I’ve got shutter problems back here myself.”

“Woah! Heads up, big gator in the granny lane!” B. yells.

“Copy.” Walleye eases his rig over to the passing lane.*

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Semi-trucks on I-80 in beautiful Iowa

If that exchange between semi-truck drivers has you worried about traveling the Interstate, let me set your mind at ease. You’re probably not going to see any real-live Anteaters or rocking chairs, gators or go-go girls. Gators are just big gnarly chunks of truck tires on the road and go-go girls are a load of pigs. The granny lane is the one on the far right side, an anteater a make of semi-tractor and your ears are your CB radio.

While I was croaking out my handle in the dark of night, those real truckers were out on the open road.

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