My Top 10 Blog Posts of the Year

See What Connected with People in 2017

I’ve been looking back at 2017, and my most read blog posts of the last 12 months. It’s always fascinating to see what connects with people and I would love any ideas you have on why these particular posts made an impact. The list is in reverse order and ends with my number one most read blog post of the year. Let’s start with #10:


Everything Communicates

Something leaders, speakers, and communicators often fail to understand is that in today’s digital world, everything communicates. That means it’s not just the message you share, but it’s the clothes you’re wearing, your attitude, the way you stand, the lighting in the room, and many more things impact


The Keys to Communicating Change:

One of the Greatest Challenges for a Leader

If you’re a professional communicator, a significant part of your job is leading people through change. It’s a tough challenge, and if you’ve read my book “Jolt: Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing” then you know that for individuals and organizations, change is incredibly hard. One example in the book is research that indicates that within two years, the vast majority of open heart surgery patients


Announcing Our New Book: The Way Back

How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Get It Back

I’m very proud to introduce my latest book, co-written with my long time friend Jonathan Bock: “The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Get it Back.” Our first review has been in Publishers Weekly, the bible of the publishing industry, and we couldn’t have asked for a better opinion. It will be available


Why Your Church Needs More Than a Communications or Media Director

In my experience most church leaders believe that hiring a creative communication or media director is all they need to worry about. Our consulting and coaching team at Cooke Pictures knows that creativity matters, and someone familiar with the process of communicating a church or ministry’s message is critical. However, we also know that something even more important is


Is it Safe For Young People to Come to Hollywood?

Today's Headlines are Making Parent's Concerned

As the headlines continue to be filled with horror stories of sexual harassment at film studios and TV networks, I’m getting more questions from concerned parents – especially Christian parents – about their children who want to pursue a career in Hollywood. Is it safe? Particularly for a daughter? There’s no question that some of the accused were respected icons in the industry, and yet at least one had a special lock on his door he could quickly activate from his desk. The speculations range from