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Welcome to the CLASS Reunion from Vicki Wafer

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I am excited to welcome the CLASS Alumni to the beautiful city of Santa Fe. The Eldorado Hotel and Spa is a gracious and elegant hotel providing the perfect venue for a wonderful time of training, fellowship and relaxation! The Historic Plaza with wonderful restaurants and fabulous shopping is right there and awaits your exploration.

Santa Fe offers so much, its culture, art, and multicultural traditions are a continual draw for visitors. It is home to America’s third largest art market, the internationally acclaimed Santa Fe Opera and many performing arts organizations. There are fantastic restaurants with world-class chefs, hundreds of eclectic shops, and easy access to endless outdoor activities.

Santa Fe is known all over the world for its contemporary and cosmopolitan ambiance. Old World architecture and values blend with an attitude that embraces diversity and creativity to create a “City Different.” Join us at the 2014 CLASS Reunion and see for yourself.

Vicki Wafer
Local Coordinator
2014 CLASS Reunion

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Writers Conference 2013

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I would like to personally invite you to join us for the 2013 CLASS Christian Writers Conference. It is going to be better and more fun than ever in our new location – Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church. We have an amazing lineup of comprehensive classes and workshops and look forward to a great time of learning and fellowship together.

We will once again work on a book together. This year’s book will be a devotional book you will be proud to give to friends and family. We will explore the world of devotion writing and enjoy participating in critique groups every day.

The teen track will be led by Jesse Florea, editor at Focus on the Family. You won’t want your teens to miss this quality time of instruction with Jesse. This track will start on Friday afternoon and continue all day Saturday. Sign up now before all the space is filled!

You will love our new location. Everything is under one roof and lodging will be at a nearby hotel of your choice!

So mark your calendars for October 17-19 and plan to be a part of this year’s conference. It will be an investment that will take your writing career to the next level.

See you there!

Linda-Gilden-sig
Director

 

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Communicating Heart to Heart by Linda Gilden

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Have you ever spoken to a group and felt that they just weren’t getting it? Maybe your enthusiastic message is met by an expressionless sea of faces wondering what in the world you are talking about. The connection has just not been established.

The Bible says “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). When I speak from the overflow of what is in my heart, I always connect with my audiences. When I fail to prepare enough, pray enough, study enough, immerse myself in the Word enough, what I hear myself say is shallow and has little meaning to my audience.

When I first became a speaker, it was success enough to complete the message without losing my notes, fainting from fright, or having the audience exit from boredom en masse. But it didn’t take me long to realize that my method of communication was mouth to ear communication. The audience was hearing what I was saying but I was not communicating in a way that made them take it to heart. Unless our audience is internalizing our message, the words are forgotten the minute they walk out the door.

Mouth to ear communication is good but heart to heart communication is so much better. As a speaker I need to intentionally fill my mind and heart with God’s Word, pray for God to prepare and open the hearts of those to whom I will speak, and then allow Him to take the message deep into their hearts.

The keys to this type communication are the three P’s.

The first one is preparation. Know your material. Have a great outline, include your point, scripture, example, and instruction, and put it in a format you can remember.

The second is prayerparation. Bathe every part of your speaking engagements with prayer. Pray for the attendees, the event planner, the church or conference center where you are going, your message to be received as God intends.

The third is participation. Arrive ready to pour yourself out to those you have been called to serve.

Be ready to overflow into the lives of those in your audiences. When God’s Word becomes a part of our lives, the natural result is that it will overflow in everything we do. Communicating heart to heart shares His message wherever we go.

St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the gospel at all times, when necessary use words.”

Linda Gilden is a published author, editor, writing coach, personality trainer and speaker.
Find her at www.lindagilden.com

 

 

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