Dena's speaking style has been called "authentic," "hilarious," "challenging," and "inspiring." She is an engaging and motivating leader who points audiences toward healing by sharing bridge-building humor, compelling stories, and scriptural truth.
"Dena is an exceptional writer, speaker and singer. She's chosen to find the powerful hand of God in every challenge," notes one audience member who's heard her several times.
Another listener says, "Dena does a fabulous job. Her content is exquisite and her delivery wonderful."
- Wounded Women of the Bible
Imploding relationships, incapacitating losses, injurious personal mistakes, or spiritual failures—whatever the issue, the wounds are the same. Whether it’s a lapse in judgment by Bathsheba or the moral failure of a leader in your local church; the spiritual insensitivity of Martha or the compulsive obsessions of your mother in-law; the terror of an abandoned single mother like Hagar or the struggling single mother in your prayer group—the time and circumstances are different, but the wounds are equally deep and spiritually devastating. Dena gets it. She has her own stories of pain before healing—along with similar experiences of her family and friends. Offering more than pat affirmations or a vicarious shoulder to cry on, Dena touches on the shared emotions and injuries that women of all ages have in common—and gently moves them toward the recovery and healing that only God can provide.
- The Joy of Freedom
What is holding you hostage? Perfectionism, bitterness, anger, depression, discontentment or fear? In this retreat, Dena delves deep into scripture, her own testimony, and the stories of others to encourage women to say “no” to their heavy burdens and say “yes” to the freedom (and joy) Jesus offers. Sessions can include (but are not limited to): The Joy of Forgiveness, The Gifts in Adversity, and Treasures Found in the Darkness.
Single Speech Topics--
- Lord, I Don't Want to Surrender
In this fast-paced, inspiring talk, Dena tells the stories of several women in the Bible, including Ruth, Jochebed, and Martha. She compares their heroic acts of faith with the many difficult ways women must surrender to Christ in order to discover the abundant life God has waiting. Audience members will be encouraged to let go of their egos, plans, and lives and trust God to bring about His desires for them. In doing so, they will discover supernatural peace, and a fullness of joy they never thought possible.
- Mothers of the Bible
How did mothers in biblical times cope with issues women face today? Dena will use the examples of moms such as Hannah, Mary, and Hagar to encourage contemporary mothers that God wants to meet them, sustain them, and give them joy--in the midst of their daily challenges.
- Living Life to the Fullest--at Any Age
Popular culture often insists that "younger is better." Though aging brings changes and challenges (not all of them welcome!), with each passing year, we gain wisdom, perspective--and much, much more. In this presentation, Dena shares funny stories and motivational principles she gleaned while interviewing 40 vibrant women over 40. As she questioned them about getting older with grace and humor, she formulated goals and found herself looking forward to her later years. You'll come away inspired to live life joyfully, creatively and deliberately.
- Only Cats Have Nine Lives: Purr-fect Peace for Busy Women
Many women feel stressed out, burned out and worn out. Dena uses humorous anecdotes, personal examples and biblical principles to point listeners towards a life of peace and contentment, despite their busy schedules.
- I Hate to Wait: Developing Passionate Patience
Though we may despise them, God uses waiting times—whether we are waiting on a job, a child, a mate or answers to prayer—to teach us more about Him. In this program, Dena touches on five scriptural keys to becoming a more patient, pliable person.
- Treasures in the Darkness: Dealing with Depression
How do we find hidden gifts in the hard times? Dena shares a testimony of hope, which is full of humor and scriptural examples of biblical characters who struggled with depression. Dena also gives women ideas on how to spot and recover from depression.
- A Garden of Gratitude
In the midst of a chaotic world, how do we resist cynicism and despair? One way is by becoming—and remaining—grateful. In this presentation, Dena shares tips on planting, watering, pruning and reaping a thankful heart. She also gives examples of specific ways moms can begin to raise grateful kids.
- Have a Mary Christmas
In this holiday-themed talk, Dena explores the lives of three Mary’s in the New Testament--Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary of Bethany, and Mary Magdalene--and what each of them can teach women about the season of Christmas. She urges women to set aside perfectionism and embrace joy, and presents practical tips to help women ease the all-too-common stress of the holidays.
Especially for Writers--
- Be an Editor's Dream
Get hired as a freelance writer--again and again. Learn the top four ways to impress editors, and come away with helpful tips and tricks on building, sustaining and growing your writing career.
- Writing Personal Essays for Fun and Profit
Writing personal essays is a great way to hone the craft and gain writing credits. In this class, participants will discover ways to gain an editor’s interest by making their submission stand out from the crowd. They’ll also receive a comprehensive list of anthologies, magazines and websites that publish essays.
- The 15-Minute Writer
In "The 15-Minute Writer," Dena Dyer will share tips on finding the raw material for fillers and anecdotes, which are quick to write and simple to sell. Participants will learn how to spot the multiple markets for short pieces, as well as how to craft, revise and submit them.
- The Organized Writer
This session gives writers practical tips on how to organize their files, research, thoughts and time. Using "Personality Training" principles, Dena shows aspiring and established writers how to tap into their strengths to create a profitable, enjoyable (and maintainable!) working environment.
- Write an Attention-Getting Book Proposal
Find out how to write a book proposal that will attract attention (and offers!) in this fun, informative and practical session. Listeners will leave the session with several examples of actual proposals which garnered contracts from editors.
Don't see the topic you want? Send Dena a message at denadyer [at ] gmail [dot] com to talk about it. She's always willing to develop new material for special events. Thanks!