Random Video Thursday

Here is another batch of vids to help your Thursday out!

This video is an amazing presentation of the Gospel through Graffiti:

Justin Bieber must die! Watch until the end to see her emotions change when the phone rings (fast forward if you can’t take the crying):

Sunday’s Coming by North Point Church…be ready for this one:

Amazing effects by Lifechurch.tv:

And finally Photoshop CS5’s amazing “content aware” feature:

How to be a professional speaker

Recently a friend of mine from Defender Ministries asked me what it takes to be a “professional speaker.” I guess I either know a lot about conferences or am just a conference junkie (I vote for the second option). Here is my response for anyone looking to do this:

First, I refer people to Michael Hyatt’s blog post about this: http://michaelhyatt.com/2009/09/so-you-want-to-be-a-professional-speaker.html

Granted, it is more for business people but you can still glean some good tidbits of information. Renown helps. If you look at people we have brought in or even the Catalyst conference. Almost every person has written a book or is just well connected, well almost every person.

Here are some suggestions:

1. Start a blog, be annoying on posting and linking to other blogs (Google ranks you higher when you are linked from other blogs and when you link other blogs to yours). Keep up on the blog, but make sure it is simple, can be subscribed to and is updated regularly. This is something I’ve been doing for a while check out some like:

Some good examples of well followed blogs are:

2. Get your book published and promote it by giving away free copies through Catalyst, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc to get exposure. Make sure it is listed on Amazon first so people can learn about it as well as on its own site. (i.e. http://www.defenderministries.com/amazingsuperawesomebookwrittenbycoolpeople)

3. Start small, offer to speak with accolades from others for free (just ask for travel money, or even give that for free). Offer to sponsor conferences with free swag.

Hope this helps someone.

Reaching Collegians

Craig Groeschel posted a new blog post today on the Swerve blog. (wow that was a redundant sentence!) It talks about how this generation that many seem to think are against Christianity are not. I’ve been speaking on a book titled UnChristian that talks about how 16-29 year olds feel about Christianity. The book is punch to the throat. But, as Craig talks about in his post, all hope is not lost. What do you think? Do you see this generation as falling away from God? What do we need to do in order to reach them?