Karen is a fresh voice with many years of experience in the Christian speaking and writing arena. She is affordable and available for speaker and writer conferences.
Karen has worked with thousands of Christian communicators and event planners across the country as the founder and owner of Christian Speakers Services - a speaker bureau with a ministry heart. She has been providing technology support and promotional services since 1994 to speakers, authors, entrepreneurs, ministry leaders, and business owners.
Karen has 40+ years experience in the Christian communication industry. She started at the age of 11 as a drummer and later served as a bass guitar player for Christian music bands and church praise teams. She has been on virtually every side of events and the stage as a musician, songwriter, speaker, author, event planner, concert promoter, coach, book tour manager, speaker bureau owner, and booking agent. Her technology and curriculum development skills have helped develop and launch a national support group, delivered hundreds on live webinars, and designed promotional and other support materials for internationally-known Christian speakers, authors, and teachers.
In 2004, Classervices, Inc., hired Karen to run their speakers bureau where she booked speakers such as Florence Littauer, Lauren Littauer Briggs, Ann Downing, Lee Ezell, Cindi McMenamin, Rhonda Webb, and others. She also served faculty for the Glorieta Christian Writers Conference in 2005-2006.
In January 2007, Karen started her own agency, Christian Speakers Services, where she has worked with speakers such as Sandra Aldrich, Thelma Wells, Darryl Strawberry, Kathi Macias, and others. She has managed 80+ virtual book launch tours for New York Times best-selling authors such as Francine Rivers and Cecil Murphey and for other top authors in the CBA market such as Carol Kent, Thelma Wells, Kathi Macias and more. She has served as faculty for Faculty and Consultant for the North Texas Christian Writers Conference and Writing for Excellence Seminar (2008-2011) and for Ann Downing’s Middle Tennessee Women’s Retreat (2009).
While Karen has been focused on helping speakers and authors take their messages to the world, she has also written several stories that appear in the following books: Your Spiritual Personality by Marita Littauer, Making the Blue Plate Special by Florence Littauer, Marita Littauer, and Lauren Littauer Briggs, and The Authentic You by Anita C. Lee. Karen has written instructional books and programs specifically for the professional development of Christian speakers and authors, such as:
She also founded, The Communicator's Chat, an online community (a private Facebook group) for Christ-minded speakers, authors, comedians, singers, musicians, writers, songwriters, actors, artists, etc. to meet, exchange ideas, and develop professionally.
Karen's diverse background in business, marketing, curriculum development, and communication gives Karen a real edge in assisting Christian communicators. Visit Karen's website
Karen is available to serve as a workshop or breakout leader or one-to-on consultations for speaker or writer conferences.
Ready. Set. PROMOTE! . . . DIY on a Shoestring Budget
This session will lead authors through the maze of opportunities of activities they can do on their own on a shoestring budget while showing them how to grow their readers and drive traffic for book sales. Includes brainstorming and hands-on activities that that allow the author to develop a short-term plan for the current book release. We will discuss activities for future book(s) or other product releases that build upon the current book release to maximize the investment made. We will explore strategies that drive traffic resulting in book sales and generating long-term revenue streams. Attendees will leave with a plan of action for their next steps.
Ready. Set. Speak!
This session guides speakers of any level to take their next steps from what they only imagine to reaching their goals. Creating a speaking career doesn’t happen overnight. It doesn’t happen because you are able to stand on a stage, make a great presentation, and hear the applause of the crowd. It happens when you ready through planning your steps; when you have set goals and do specific tasks; and, then take action to make it happen. Includes brainstorming and hands-on activities. Attendees will leave with a plan of action for their next steps. (Optional: READY. SET. SPEAK! Activity Journal can be available for each attendee at a volume discount price.)
Speak & Get Paid
Any of the topics in this program can be taught as individual sessions or combined in a series
How do I get more speaking engagements?
How do I connect with event planners?
How do I make more money as a speaker?
It doesn't matter if you've been a speaker for many years, or you're just starting, the rules have changed for getting booked events. It's time you learn how to capture the attention of event planners who make the decisions.
IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO...SPEAK AND GET PAID!
The Business of Speaking
Can be individual sessions or taught as a series
Standing on the stage, lights up and microphone on are a very small percentage of the activities needed to have a successful professional speaking career and ministry. There's the whole area of running a business.
The Business of Speaking Series provides today’s busy speaking professional with business and personal development in short bursts of training. It explores the behind the scenes decisions and tasks -- the nuts and bolts -- needed to make a speaker more bookable and get those coveted speaking engagements on their calendar.
SESSION 1: TIPS FOR SETTING YOUR SPEAKING FEES
In this session, we will explore the elements of setting fees for speakers for their speaking events, including:
SESSION 2: THE PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER TASK LIST
Too many speakers are focused in the wrong place when it comes to the tasks they do. They are focused on the fruit ... getting speaking engagements. Yet, in order to get speaking engagements there are many tasks that need to be done first.
The Professional Speaker Task List includes tips and a list of activities and tasks that need to be consistently by anyone who wants to be considered a professional speaker ... and get those coveted speaking engagements.
Includes a task check off list/worksheet that can be printed and used each day, week, month, quarter, or year as needed.
Are You Ready to Beat the Odds of Getting Published?
“What are the odds of getting published?" Karen explores the opportunities that will not only increase one's odds for getting published but actually make it a reality. It’s time for writers to stop waiting for anyone else in the industry to get on board with the message that God has given them to deliver. It’s time to stop waiting, and sometimes even whining, that no one will publish their book. Karen discusses that it’s time for writers to take responsibility for their writing careers and accountability for the message that God has given them to deliver. It's time to beat the odds!
Share Your Message: Steps to Starting Your Speaker Journey
Many people get started as a Christian speaker because they have a story to tell. Often they share their story with a small group of friends or at the church they attend. Someone from that group asks them to speak at their church or for their group of friends … and viola! a Christian speaker is born. Many people think it’s really that simple. . .but is it. . .REALLY? This workshop offers eight practical steps for the beginning speaker to do during their first year (can also be used by veteran speakers too!).
How to Create Irresistible Promotional Materials
Can be individual sessions or taught as a series
Discover how to make the best first-impression and make the most of your promotional materials to capture the attention of event planners! You only get one opportunity to make a first impression with the committee who is looking for a speaker for their next event. Now is not the time to cut corners. It's the time to hire the professionals to help you put your best face, voice, and promotional materials in front of meeting planners who do the hiring.
If you have ever had to be on the event planner side of hiring a speaker, you know that it's all in the details. Crisp photos that accurately portray the personality and style of the speaker. Audio or video that captures the attention within a mere few seconds. A promotional sheet that gives enough information about the speaker to make the team want to learn more.
As a speaker booking agent and event planner, I have personally seen materials that made me want to run ... not toward the speaker but away! I've also experienced and share this story in this e-booklet when I couldn't recognize the speaker I had to pick up at the world's busiest airport. Imagine my frustration, and almost panic, when the designated meeting spot at baggage claim was vacant for a few minutes and I didn't recognize the lady across the way as her. This could have been easily avoided had the speaker developed better promotional materials ... including a more recent headshot photo. (From her picture, I was looking for a much older lady!) YIKES!
Don't let another speaking opportunity pass you by due to your promotional materials being passed over by the search team or meeting planner!
In these sessions, you will explore: