Monthly Archives August 2014

Eye Contact


By Mark Vermilion

For two decades, I’ve been working with public speakers. I started by teaching freshman public speaking courses and then more advanced speaking courses at Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University. For the past decade, I’ve been coaching ministry communicators who want to maximize the impact of their speaking.

Some are pastors, some are itinerant speakers, some are NFL players who speak part-time to corporate or church audiences in the off-season, and some are musicians or entertainers who speak on the side.

When coaching the delivery of a speaker, I immediately address the speaker’s eye contact with the audience. Anyone who’s taken a communication course of any kind understands the importance of eye contact. However, I want speakers to understand why authentic ...

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So You Believe in God, Huh?

Prop Plane

By Mark A. Vermilion

I travel a lot for my work. And a lot of my travel is by air. I’m usually very tired when I get on flights, and it’s always a challenge for me to talk to the person sitting next to me on the plane.

It’s not that I’m anti-social, but I am an introvert who talks to people all day and interacts with groups of people for a living. Especially when I travel. By the time I drop into my seat on a plane, I’m ready to go into an introvert coma (only an introvert would fully understand that last sentence.)

But God often seems to have other plans when I’m on planes. He has different ways of letting me know when he wants me to rise to the occasion and engage with the person next to me. At times, I can sense that he’s orchestrating an important connection...

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Why I Gave Up on my Dreams and You Should Too! By: Daniel James


There are few things in this world that I love more than basketball, and if you’ve ever been around me for more than 10 minutes you know exactly what I mean. I grew up watching, and playing basketball all my life. While I was never the most talented athlete, I would pride myself on a thorough understanding of the game…. even if it was from the bench. You see I spent years continually trying to develop into the star athlete that was going to make it big. While I thought that I might have had a chance as the run-n-gun shooting guard for the infamous Pinellas Park Rec. League “Magic”, years passed and it seemed that some other kid with the last name “James” was the guy who was actually going to be the NBA star.

I spent much of my childhood chasing the all american basketball dream, ...

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