Month: May 2013

Great Graduation Speeches: Cliche vs. Conviction

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It’s Graduation Season again and I guarantee that valedictorians, professors and “honored guests” will be drenching commencements with thousands of overused cliches. Cheese-laden phrases will be uselessly dispersed over microphones and speaker systems all across the country.

Thankfully, there are many wise, creative, witty communicators (though rare) who will challenge the cap-and-gown crowd with captivating speeches. They will speak with conviction, with clear thoughts and a good balance of emotional appeal. They will make you laugh, cry, and make you think critically.

The best kinds of speeches make you take action.

Here are a few favorite graduation speeches from well-known AND lesser-known speakers who have caught our attention.


DAVID MCCULLOUGH @ Wellseley HS 2012

CONAN O’BRIEN @ Dartmouth College 2011 (24 min)

STEVE JOBS @ Stanford University 2005 (15 min)

JUSTIN ROSOLINO @ Brentwood Academy 2013 (25 min)



QUESTION: If you gave a 5-minute speech to graduates of 2013, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?


Leaders are Readers

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Leaders are readers.

Filling your head with the ideas of wiser people — page by page and line by line — sharpens our minds and helps us discern truth from error, light from darkness, greatness from commonness.

Readers are leaders. 

Those who guide others had better know something about where they are going and how they are going to get there.

Leaders are readers. 

Never trust a man or woman who claims to know it all. Rather, only follow those who are humble enough to admit they don’t know everything and are always seeking to learn, study, and grow in their understanding of the world through the written Word.

Readers are leaders. 

The simple act of reading a book slows EVERYTHING down enough for the crucial element of thinking known as PROCESSING. Anyone can talk a good game and breeze through a book, but slowing down enough to process thoughts deeply will cause us to evaluate the worth of ideas, whether they are good, better, or best.

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  • What are you reading right now?
  • How are you processing the ideas in the books you are reading?
  • Who are you leading?

COMMENT below.

Thanks BASS – Feedback from attendees

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Just received written feedback from the BASS Church Workers Convention.

Here are some of the comments from attendees:

  • “Awesome + full of energy. So organized and very helpful. One of the best seminars I’ve been to.”
  • “Well organized and appropriate.”
  • “He was very pro-active with the class. High energy.”
  • “It was very thorough and Pira was an excellent presenter.”
  • “The class is excellent. I learned so much.”

If your organization is interested in booking a Kingdom Professionals Coaching Workshop, contact us today by clicking on the CONNECT link on the menu bar.

Benefits & Consequences

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Life moves at a frantic pace.

Staying ahead is difficult. Keeping up is hard.

No one stays put. No one stays still.

You are either moving towards the goal or further away from it.
ACTION requires discipline, determination and dedication.

Without these 3 ingredients, PASSIVITY wins…or at the very least, it just happens.


You’ve sown the seeds with good intentions and good information.

ACTION leads to reaping the benefits.

Failure to act results in painful consequences.

The choice is yours.



1. Today, are you moving CLOSER TOWARD or FURTHER AWAY FROM your goal?

2. How badly do you want to achieve your goal? 


Contact Kingdom Professionals Coaching today and find out how we can help you take action and make progress with your work, life, and ministry goals.


Worship | Service

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Today is Monday.

On Sunday, you went to church and called it a Worship Service.

But this morning, you woke up.

You moaned. You groaned.

Are you heading off to work? Are you thrilled about it?

Remember, my fellow Christ-follower, that Monday is where the actual WORSHIP SERVICE happens.

Really, it is.

Don’t leave your worship behind in the yesterday of the weekend.

Take the best worship from your Sunday experience and bring it into your workweek as a servant-hearted employee, student, boss.

A worshiper in the workplace. Imagine that.

Serve God as you serve your company, school, clientele with excellence and joy in the LORD.


  1. What would it look like for your workplace to be a place of service?
  2. What kinds of “living sacrifices” can be made as worship offerings to God right where you are employed?

Comment below with your ideas.