Training Minds Camp West

Just last week we were enjoying Virginia Beach for our Training Minds Camp East. Today begins our Training Minds Camp West in beautiful San Diego, California, at Point Loma Nazarene University. And you have the opportunity to join us!

We're now on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, Point Loma Nazarene University.

We’re now on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, Point Loma Nazarene University.

This is a closed camp of 100 students and 30 parent-coaches. We’re in for a great time. But though it is closed to registrants only, you have an opportunity to join us Wednesday night.

Michael Hyatt is bestselling author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. We’re opening 200 seats to the public. As of this morning, we have only 24 tickets remaining. Use the form below to get your tickets!

Why Keynote Speakers Are So Important (especially these two)

Debate camp is academic—understandably so. Students learn rhetorical strategies, new vocabulary, and drills throughout our five days together. But I have found that a keynote address from someone with a reputable message helps bring it all into focus. I’m changing things up a bit this year, and this will interest (perhaps include) you.

Platform Conference

Enter With Humor

I just finished making the final edits on Bronze Book, a collection of 14 pieces written by champion interp and platform speakers from across the country. I’m telling ya, this group of kids are awesome.

Aaron Dykstra 1st Place

For someone who is just starting to get used to the idea of speech and debate, Bronze Book is likely the best book for them. (Well, perhaps a close second to my book Jeub’s Guide to Speech & Debate.) For the last four years I have asked champion speakers to pull together their thoughts of their speech competition. How they came up with their piece or topic, their trouble points, what they learned, and their advice to the next year of speakers.

This is the student’s opportunity to breathe a little life into the next generation of speakers. That could be you!

How to Deal With the Hate

There are those that nip at your heals. They’ll criticize your best intentions, and sometimes they convince others to doubt you. I have a few of these kinds of people in my life. Don’t you?

Our Eleanor

I’m not talking about friends who help sharpen you; I’m talking about people who truly hate you. Think of that total jerk who seems will never change. You have imaginary arguments with him in your head. You wrap yourself up with possible ways to defend your name or address his attacks. All your fretting won’t do a bit of good, and you know that all-too-well.

Yep, these people get under my skin, too. But one of my young authors shared an old quote with me, and it got me thinking:

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

Listen, if you are doing great things in life — or if you plan to do great things — you’re going to get your haters. These are illogical, insane people who will attack you for no coherent reason. Entertaining their attacks is almost an encouragement to them and it makes their hate grow.

Eleanor’s perspective keeps your head about you. I have my share of haters, and I suspect they’ll only get worse, but I’ve subscribed to Eleanor’s system. Here’s how it works for me.

The Gift of Partying

We had over 100 people at our home the other night. A friend gave me a fabulous compliment, “The Jeubs know how to throw a party!” We had plenty of food, a Frisbee game and a dance evening—all to celebrate Lydia’s graduation.

Lydias Graduation Party 1000

I like to say Wendy and I have the “gift of partying,” a spiritual gift taken straight from the Bible. Seriously! Here are a few:

Love in the House

Yesterday was a blast. Wendy and I had about 100 people stop by for an open house for Lydia’s high school graduation. These were some of our closest friends and family. I’m proud to say there is a lot of “love in the house.”

Love the Graduation

In 2007, Wendy and I wrote a book with this title, Love in the House. It was a response of sorts to the TLC episode on our family that aired that February. Kids by the Dozen showed internationally, an expose on our family of then-13 children.