How I Unplugged and Lived to Tell About It

Earlier this month, my wife Gail and I took a much-needed vacation. We rented a house on a lake in the mountains near Monteagle, Tennessee. We were there for two weeks.

On the Deck at Monteagle, Tennessee

After my book launch and our daughter’s wedding, we were both feeling the need to get away. We wanted a place where we could rest, reconnect, and refill our spiritual and emotional tanks.

#019: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (And What We Can Do About It) [Podcast]

In this episode, I talk about what the Internet is doing to our brains. I summarize and then respond to an article in the July 2012 issue of Newsweek called “Tweets, Texts, E-mail and Posts: Is the Onslaught Making Us Crazy?

This Is Your Life Podcast Episode 19

I read the Newsweek article on my vacation while I was offline. I found it very disturbing. Here are some of the highlights:

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“Depositing Good Things”
by Joel Osteen

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In this podcast, Joel talks about the importance of encouraging others and the difference we can make with the smallest actions. Well worth the listen!

How to Read the Bible and Enjoy It

I remember the first time I tried to read the Bible for myself. I found my grandfather’s copy on a shelf in his living room. I was nine years old.

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I sat down on the floor, cross-legged, with the Bible on my lap. I opened it slowly … reverently … and began to read.

New Speaking Representation

I am pleased to announce that I have just entered into an exclusive speaker representation agreement with Premiere Speakers Bureau in Nashville, Tennessee. They are one of the top bureaus in the country, representing speakers such as Andy Andrews, Patrick Lencioni, Elizabeth Smart, Neal Cavuto, and Gov. Mike Huckabee.

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I have been friends with Duane Ward, the founder and CEO of Premiere for more than two decades. Working with him and his outstanding team has been a dream of mine for years. I am thrilled it is now a reality.

I am limiting myself to fifty engagements a year. I speak on a variety of topics related to platform-building, leadership, and productivity. You can find out more by visiting my Speaking page.

I am really excited to be delivering the keynote at the Savvy Blogging Summit, along with a workshop. Be sure to watch the video. Registration opens August 5. It is only open to 150 people and WILL sell out.

Date: October 5, 2012
Time: TBD
Event: Savvy Blogging Summit 2012
Topic: 7 Keys to Writing a Killer Blog Post
Sponsor: Savvy Blogging Media
Venue: The W Hotel, Buckhead
Location: 3377 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
United States
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

I am really excited to be delivering the keynote at the Savvy Blogging Summit, along with a workshop. Be sure to watch the video. Registration opens August 5. It is only open to 150 people and WILL sell out.

Date: October 4, 2012
Time: 06:00-07:15 p.m.
Event: Savvy Blogging Summit 2012
Topic: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Sponsor: Savvy Blogging Media
Venue: The W Hotel, Buckhead
Location: 3377 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
United States
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

I am looking forward to speaking at this conference, along with Francis Chan, Bob Goff, and John Lynch. The theme for this year is “Unlimiting God.”

Date: April 26, 2013
Time: TBD
Event: 2013 CEO Summit
Topic: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Sponsor: Convene CEO Summit
Venue: The Westin Stonebriar
Location: 1549 Legacy Drive
Frisco, TX 75034
United States
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

5 Ways to Foster Great Communication with Your Team

This is a guest post by Chris LoCurto. He is a Vice President at Dave Ramsey’s, host of the EntreLeadership Podcast, and highly sought after business and leadership speaker. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

There is no doubt about it: Great companies foster high levels of communication. When team members understand what is expected of them and what’s going on in the company, you win.

Group of Business People in a Power Meeting

Keep the communication from happening and you will find that fear soon sets in, which is quickly followed by gossip.