Speaking Topics

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Karen’s Topics

Breaking Free from People Pleasing

Have your people pleasing ways squeezed the joy right out of your life? Do you have trouble uttering that simple, one-syllable word—“no”? Do you hesitate to be totally honest with someone because you fear the truth may disappoint or even upset them? Are you tired of living your life based on the opinions and expectations of others?

If any of these ring true, then it’s time you broke out of the prison of people pleasing. Sometimes making others happy is making you downright miserable. After struggling for decades with being addicted to the approval of others, Karen Ehman realized that the key is found in learning how to place what God says above what other people think. Join her and discover a spiritual strategy for properly pleasing God while still passionately loving people.

This message will help you to:

  • Discover how to live out your priorities despite the opinions and expectations of others
  • Cultivate a strategy for knowing when to say yes and how to say no
  • Implement boundaries with the pushers, pouters, guilt bombers and others who try to call the shots in your life
  • Learn to navigate the tension between following God and loving the people around you

This message can be done as one single keynote or a retreat/conference with 2-4 sessions.
Learn more about Karen’s 
When Making Others Happy Is Making You Miserable book and Bible study.

Keep Showing Up

It is true that opposites attract–for a while. But often as the years go by in our marriages, opposites may also begin to attack. The habits and characteristics we once found endearing about our significant other are the exact things that drive us crazy years later!

Whether you and your spouse disagree about finances, parenting, or how to load the dishwasher, your differences don’t need to divide you. They can actually bring you closer together–and closer to God. Discover how your “incompatibility” can become the strength of your marital team in this real-life guide to both living with and loving your spouse–differences and all.

This message will address:

• How to play to each other’s strengths as you work on your own weaknesses
• How to become a faithful forgiver who also forgets
• Strategies for avoiding the social media comparison trap
• How to unearth the magic in the mundane
• Why a spouse who drives you crazy can drive you straight to Jesus

This message can be done as one single keynote or a retreat/conference with 2-4 sessions.
Learn more about Karen’s 
Keep Showing Up book.

Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World

Our culture is obsessed with self. In our schedules, our relationships, and especially online. (Can you say “selfie”?) But in the midst of this near-narcissism, people are less content than in decades past. Why? Because we have forgotten the joy that comes from putting others first. Becoming such a person requires us to live alert, listening for “heart drops”-—hints from those in our lives who might need a helping hand or a generous dose of encouragement. Living alert lifts our own spirits, showing us that blessing others blesses us even more.

Listen, Love, Repeat offers both biblical teaching and doable suggested actions. Some are heart-tugging and sentimental. Others are sneaky and hilarious. All are simple and practical. This much-needed message:

  • Presents scriptural examples of those who lived alert, including Jesus—-the one who noticed those who least expected to be seen.
  • Explains the role of good works in the life of a follower of Christ. They aren’t our ticket to heaven, but they are our marching orders here on earth.
  • Gives creative ideas for showing love to your friends and family. Yes, even the ones who get on your very last nerve!
  • Provides inspiration for blessing the “necessary people” in your life–those often-overlooked souls who help you get life done every day.
  • Suggests practical ways to reach out to the lonely, the marginalized, the outcast, and the odd duck. Additionally, it gives ways to help the grieving, showing what you can do when you just don’t know what to say.
  • Teaches you how to hug a porcupine and squeeze a skunk–-genuinely loving the hard-to-love.

As we scatter kindness, we create a safe space where we can openly share the gospel with others. And we get to see lives changed right before our eyes—-not only the lives of others, but our lives as well. Most importantly, Listen, Love, Repeat will enable you to live a life that is full of good deeds, not to selfishly shout, “Hey! Look at me!” but in order to humbly implore, “Well… will you look at Him?”

This message can be done as one single keynote or a retreat/conference with 2-4 sessions.
Learn more about Karen’s Listen Love Repeat book and Bible study.

KEEP IT SHUT: What to Say, How to Say It & When to Say Nothing at All

Got words? Oh yeah, you do! The average women speaks over 20,000 a day—-not to mention the ones she types online. Karen Ehman-—a woman whose words have often landed her in a heap of trouble—-shares from experience the how’s (and how-not-to’s) of dealing with the tongue in her new message based on her book Keep It Shut. Using biblical examples, as well as Karen’s own personal (and sometimes painful!) stories, Keep It Shut will equip you to know what to say, how best to say it, and when you’d better just keep your lips zipped!

Keep It Shut will teach you:

• The difference between gossip and properly processing with a trusted friend
• A helpful grid for using our digital tongues as we talk online or on social media
• How to pause before you pounce, attacking the problem but not the person
• How to avoid saying something permanently painful just because you are temporarily ticked off
• What the Bible teaches about making our speech laced with grace, as sweet as honey, and yet seasoned with salt

This message can be done as one single keynote or a retreat/conference with 2-4 sessions.
Learn more about Karen’s Keep It Shut book and Bible study.

Let. It. Go.

Due to our many roles, we women often struggle with being controlling. We make sure the house is clean, the meals prepared, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to where they’re going on time. But sometimes our strength of being conscientious can morph into the weakness of being a slight–-or all out–-control freak! This humorous, yet biblical and spiritually practical message will enable women to:

  • Take control of your schedule yet welcome interruptions from God
  • Draw the line between mothering and micromanaging
  • Influence your husband instead of manipulating him
  • Learn to control your emotions when you can’t control the circumstances
  • Stop pursuing the appearance of perfection and start pursuing the person of God

This message can be done as one single keynote or a retreat/conference with 2-4 sessions.
Learn more about Karen’s Let It Go book and Bible study.

First Love

Remember what it was like when you first met Jesus? The peace you felt; the passion you had; the excited willingness to do anything He asked of you? Sometimes when life unfolds, we tend to abandon the fervor we once felt for Christ. Why? What does it mean to “leave your first love?” And more importantly, how can followers of Christ return to it again? These inspiring messages have helped many women to:

  • Meander back down memory lane to reconnect with that “first love” sentiment
  • Recognize the patterns, choices and habits that seek to steal or replace our zeal for God
  • Employ practical and tangible tools for keeping our daily connection with God growing despite our hectic schedule
  • Craft an effective plan for what we should “fast from” and “feast on” in order to live a vibrant, fulfilling and effective life for Christ

Holiday and Other Special Occasion Topics:

Have Yourself a Stress-free Little Christmas

Are your holidays a cozy, reflective time of making memories while making others sense their importance in your life? Or are they a frenzied blur of activities, crisis shopping and secular trappings that have nothing to do with the true essence of the season? Armed with strategies to simplify and de-stress, this year can be different! Then, when the fruitcake is finished and that last strand of lights is taken down, you’ll all feel blessed, not stressed! This clever and helpful message will empower you to:

  • Evaluate your current seasonal strategies (or lack there-of!) and identify re-occurring holiday hassles
  • Set up a simple celebrations binder designed to enable you be on top of the holidays, rather than the other way around!
  • Acquire fast and frugal decorating, cooking and gift-giving ideas
  • Be challenged with ways to teach your children and grandchildren to focus on others rather than suffer from the “it’s all about me!” syndrome
  • Obtain creative, doable ideas for concentrating on Christ and reaching out to others

Consider Christmas

This holiday inspirational talk is perfect for your ladies’ Christmas tea or women’s holiday outreach. Karen will help your attendees to focus on the true essence of the season as they take inventory of their hearts, motives and activities as they relate to the celebration of Christ’s birth. This lighthearted yet introspective message will enable them to slow down, focus and savor the season as they take a break from their hectic, activity-laden schedule.

Mother’s Day, Easter, Graduation, Teen Events etc…

Please inquire about information on Karen’s messages geared toward and suitable for these other important events. Occasionally, her 25-year-old daughter Kenna is also available to speak with Karen for mother/daughter, teen or college events.

Writing, Speaking, and Leadership Topics:

How to Be in Ministry Without Neglecting Your Family

People in ministry often feel pulled in two directions. Their ministry is their calling; however, their family would also like to know they are the top priority. How can someone who desires to serve God balance both family and ministry without falling off of the high-wire of life? This leadership message has equipped many to:

  • Evaluate and compare their verbalized priorities and actual time choices to see if they match
  • Discover time-management tools that will enable them to generate white space in their calendar
  • Determine when (and when not) to multi-task and how to practice smart sequencing
  • Harmoniously and seamlessly connect public ministry with personal life
  • Discern future direction as they cultivate an intimate, daily relationship with God

Speaking Requests

For Writers and Speakers Conferences:

Karen has over two decades of experience as a national speaker and is the director of the Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference speaker track. Additionally, she has published ten books, including a New York Times bestseller, and has expertise in crafting book proposals, training writers, and teaching about book marketing. If you would like to discuss what speaking and/or writing messages she could present to your group, mention it when filling out the speaking request form below.

To find out more information on having Karen come to your group, fill out her speaking request form here.

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