Connect With The Right People

The right people will propel you forward

Paul Sohn and I once again hosted the annual Influencer Meetup At Catalyst (formerly the Catalyst Blogger Meetup). This event brought in over 50 attendees who are influencers in various spheres (blogging, podcasting, YouTube, writing, etc).

Not only did we bring in influencers, we brought in people who could help move those influencers forward. There were book publishers and agents that also attended. There were content creators looking for new voices.

Image of Paul Sohn, Greg Atkinson, Chester Goad, and others at the Influencer Meetup At Catalyst

By bringing these two groups together, Paul and I created an atmosphere where magic could happen. Influencers looking to get their voice hear had the chance to be heard by potential publishers. Publishers looking for new voices had the ears of potential clients. This was a win-win for both groups of people.

The Influencer Meetup At Catalyst was a connecting place.

Kill Your Spiders

Catalyst Atlanta 2017 Carlos Whittaker

Today, I’m live-blogging the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta. The next speaker I’ll be live-blogging about is Carlos Whittaker.

Carlos is a People’s Choice Award winner, a former recording artist signed to a major label, a social media maven, and currently spends the majority of his time writing books (recently released Kill The Spider) and speaking on stages around the world.

Carlos Whittaker Of Good Courage Catalyst Atlanta


Being human is hard. But there is hope.

Sin creeps in. It sits in the corner. And we keep letting sin sit there.

The good news is, there is hope. There is hope in surrender.

We have to get to the point where we’re not striving for courage. Courage is found in surrender.

Surrender looks different for everyone.

Carlos’ father was a preacher and he was doing a revival. A lady came to him and asked him to pray that God will clean the cobwebs. He prayed for her.

That’s A Great Question

Catalyst Atlanta 2017 Andy Stanley

Today, I’m live-blogging the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta. The next speaker I’ll be live-blogging is Andy Stanley.

Andy opened the conference and usually closes the conference but this year he’s taken a different position and is sharing earlier in the day. I’m excited to hear from Andy once again as he always delivers.

Andy Stanley Catalyst Atlanta 2017 Questions


Great leaders always ask great questions. And great leaders aren’t afraid to surround themselves with people who ask great questions.

As a leader, if you bristle every time you are asked a question there’s a good possibility you won’t surround yourself with people who will ask great questions.

Questions Do 3 Things

Questions reveal values:

The questions you ask reveal what’s most important to you. What questions are you asking again and again and again? This shows what you value.

How Do You Continue To Be Courageous?

Catalyst Atlanta 2017 Christine Caine

Today, I’m live-blogging the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta. The next speaker I’ll be live-blogging about is Christine Caine.

Christine is an Australian activist, evangelist, author, and international speaker. She is the author of Unashamed, Unstoppable, and other books. Christine is also the founder of the A21 Campaign and Propel Women.

Christine Caine Catalyst Atlanta 2017 Of Good Courage


Christine starts out her talk by sharing about her family and then goes right into the Word. Joshua 5 is the text she is using.

I want to continue to be courageous. You can ride on the momentum of what you’ve done. It’s no longer courage but momentum and that’s not good.

How Do You Continue To Be Courageous?

Many people have stepped into the first part of what God has promised. They’re there but not moving forward. What do you have to do to continue to possess the land God has given you and be courageous?

What Is Courage?

Catalyst Atlanta 2017 Katie Davis Majors

Today, I’m live-blogging the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta. The next speaker I’ll be live-blogging about is  Katie Davis Majors

Katie, at the age of 18, traveled to Uganda for the first time. She was captivated by the people of Uganda and their culture. After her visit to Uganda, Katie chose to leave her family and friends behind to do a year-long mission trip to Uganda.

Katie Davis Majors Catalyst 2017 Of Good Courage

Almost 10 years after her first mission trip, Katie is a 28-year old mother to 13 girls and one baby boy. She’s the founder of Amazima Ministries and author of Kisses From Katie.


Katie had prepared for 30 students on the first day of class. She was optimistic of her ability to connect and share with the students.

To her surprise, there were 120 students on the first day of school.