2018 Session Description

Preach it!
Applying the primal wisdom of preaching and storytelling to your presentations and talks

For adults • 90 minutes
Category: Tools/Techniques
Friday 10:45am • Court 6
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)

Ted talks, successful presentations, and good sermons are all about eighteen minutes long. What could you do with eighteen minutes and your own expertise?

In talking to groups of people, the creativity lies in the intersection between desire and expertise. Come explore the ins and outs of creativity, preparation, practice, storytelling, and connecting your passions to your subject matter so that you transfer more than just data, you transfer joy and energy.

Nothing about public speaking is ever perfect, and the imperfection is the draw for the audience. Bring your excitement and knowledge and learn the secrets of captivating communication from a preacher and southern storyteller who does this 52 weeks a year.

If you ever wondered how people like Dr. Martin Luther King and Brene Brown get up there and talk like that, this is your chance to find out that you are creative and talented enough to do it, too. Ride the tension between discipline and openness when you speak and the sparks from forced connection. You will leave this session able to talk about your area of expertise, in front of people, with no notes and captivate them. You will really enjoy the process and it will show.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Learn to trust and develop your ability to communicate
  • Understand some basic knowledge about the structure and process of public speaking with no notes.
  • Use your own imperfections as great tools for engagement, because being yourself is the most compelling part of good communications
Allan Cole
Boulder, CO

Allan Cole grew up in the southern part of the US, steeped in a culture of storytelling. He studied Economics in college and parleyed that degree into a career as an entrepreneur, business owner, and a residential and commercial manufacturer. Allan left all that to go to seminary to become an Episcopal priest.

In seminary, Allan developed a love of preaching and a respect for the deep wisdom of the tradition. He got to work with amazing preachers and storytellers and has gone on to preach several sermons a week, 52 weeks a year.

He has a passion for music, motorcycles, pop culture and justice that inform his preaching sensibility. Allan is a community activist and uses his pulpit to address matters of implicit bias, social justice, building beloved community, and bringing people out of the dark background of difference into a more loving world. He uses his childhood experiences in the South to fuel change though preaching and teaching.

This is Allan’s first year presenting at Mindcamp.

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