Speaking

Thanks for visiting my speaking page! As you read you’ll find out what you can expect of me as a speaker, more about me, my speaking topics, what people are saying about me, and how to reach me to discuss your speaking needs.

Jackie Bledsoe - Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker

An overview of this page

This page provides an overview of what I have to offer, along with a taste of what you can expect. You can click on the links below to take you directly to the relevant sections.

What you can expect

If you hire me to speak at your event, here is what you can expect:

  1. Prompt, professional response to your phone calls and email messages.
  2. A personal consultation (phone or video conference) prior to your event, so I can better understand how I can best serve you and your audience.
  3. An announcement about your event on my blog and social media channels. (Assuming your event is open to the public and you want additional visibility for it.)
  4. A professionally prepared, engaging presentation focused on achieving the desired outcomes you want with your audience.
  5. A custom resource page, exclusively created for your attendees. It will include the slides I used in the presentation, along with links to other relevant and helpful resources.
  6. A quick follow-up communication after the event to make sure your expectations were met. (I also want to know how you think I can improve.)

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More about me

Over the past 10+ years, I’ve developed a wide variety of speaking skills through some of the roles I’ve served. I’ve honed my communication skills through writing, public speaking, doing live TV interviews, doing numerous radio and podcast interviews, and interviewing several professional athletes.

In addition, my wife, Stephana, and I  have hosted web shows and online summits where we’ve interviewed married couples. I’ve honed my speaking skills through direct and corporate sales roles as well. Learning to engage an audience through teaching and coaching.

My time is mainly focused on writing, creating video and audio content, and speaking with Stephana across the country. I’m a contributor to several well-known and award winning sites like Tony Dungy’s All Pro Dad, Disney’s Babble, The Good Men Project, and Huffington Post. My work has been featured on Yahoo!, USA Football, MichaelHyatt.com, Black and Married with Kids, Coach Up, and more.

Here are some highlights of work through my platform:

  • Stephana and I have been featured on The 700 Club and NBC.
  • I’ve been featured on national news sites HuffPost Live and Yahoo! Shine.
  • I was interviewed and exclusively featured by New York Times best-selling author, Michael Hyatt, in his video series, Your Platform Makeover.
  • I’m part of the LifeWay Marriage Getaways Speaking Team.
  • I was an official speaker at an Indianapolis Colts sponsored event for All Pro Dad.
  • My list of interviewees includes two NFL Super Bowl Champions and an NFL Hall of Famer, two NBA Hall of Famers, two NBA Champions, an MLB World Series champion and Hall of Famer, and an Olympic gold medalist.
  • I was a speaker at the National Conference for BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates)

I’m the author of The 7 Rings of Marriage book, and The 7 Rings of Marriage Bible Study.  Stephana and I are co-hosts the 7 Rings of Marriage Online Summit. We’ve been happily married since June of 2001. We have one daughter and two sons. We live in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Jackie and Stephana Bledsoe's Interview on The 700 Club

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My speaking topics

I primarily speak on topics related to family leadership, marriage, and parenting. In addition, I speak on the topics of social media and blogging, platform and online business building, as well as sports parenting and youth sports coaching.

I will customize my presentation to meet your organization’s specific needs. My goal is to help bring the outcome you desire for your audience.

Some of my speaking topics are listed below. Please remember I can present these topics as a keynote or workshop.

The 7 Rings of Marriage – Your Model for a Lasting and Fulfilling Marriage

Studies show roughly half of marriages end in divorce. One reason is couples aren’t prepared for all–the good and bad–that may happen in marriage. I present the seven stages, or 7 Rings of Marriage, that couples with lasting and fulfilling marriages experience. Attendees will have renewed hope in their marriages, and leave better equipped to grow their marriage through each ring, resulting in the lasting and fulfilling marriage they hoped for.

Date Night “Foreplay” – Setting the Mood for Great Date Nights and a Deeper Connection

Most couples know regular and consistent date nights are one way to connect with one another. Yet, not every couple has consistent date nights. One big reason is date nights aren’t like they used to be and can become more of a chore. Having date night “foreplay” will not only get both spouses in the mood and excited for date night, but will also help them make a deeper connection.

Lego Lessons and Marriage Masterpieces

Our kids create Lego designs that I only dreamed I could have created as a kid. I’d always give up before I could create something worthwhile. I finally figured out why. And it’s the same thing that causes some couples to quit on their marriage. I share a few Lego lessons that will not only prevent couples from quitting on their marriages, but help them create their very on marriage masterpieces.

Using Social Media for Career Advancement

“Social media will bring you to, or keep you from your next career opportunity.” We don’t have a choice on whether we “do” social media, the question is how well we do it. I teach the four keys to doing it well and career advancement with social media.  I explain exactly what social media is and what it is not, why it’s important, how to manage an online reputation, and how to develop a personal brand. Attendees will leave equipped to use social media to reach their goals.

From Blog to Book to Business

Most bloggers never get to the point where they can create revenue. Even fewer bloggers get to the point where they can build a business, or do this full time. I share my tools, strategies, and experiences that led me from a blog to a book to a business. I explain the importance of using a blog to find your voice, the importance of “niching” down, and the importance of connecting with larger websites and building online and offline relationships. I teach how to build a realistic foundation that leads to income, profit, and ability to grow a legitimate online business.

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Jackie Bledsoe - Entrepreneur, Writer, Speaker

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What others are saying

The 7 Rings of Marriage is a unique approach to enriching your marriage. Marriages either grow or regress. They never stand still. This (7 rings) will definitely help you have a growing marriage. I highly recommend it to couples of all ages.Gary D. Chapman, Ph.D.
Author of The Five Love Languages
I’ve been following Jackie’s story for a while now. Humble, insightful, and revealing, Jackie is more than an inspiration. He’s like a marriage GPS. His ‘7 Rings’ model can show you exactly where your relationship is and where it’s going. And it’s grounded in the kind of personal experience that proves the program.Michael Hyatt
New York Times bestselling author and blogger, MichaelHyatt.com
I have been absolutely amazed to watch the trajectory of Jackie Bledsoe’s influence. He is quickly becoming the thought leader in matters of family and fatherhood. He is already an influence in my life. The ‘7 Rings’ captures perfectly the mind and heart of Jackie. I predict it will become a classic in the ministry of marriage and parenting.’Thom S. Rainer
President and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources
I have been honored to be a part of Jackie’s life over the past few years, and I have seen him experience these various Rings of marriage that every couple encounters at some point. Pay close attention to what you read, then put it into practice. The result will be a better, more loving marriage that brings you years of pleasure. Kevin B. Bullard
President, Marriage Works!, www.marriageworks.us
The 7 Rings of Marriage delivers a powerful message: husbands and wives can love one another as God intended, even during the tough times. Jackie gives specific guidelines to help us address the challenges in marriage that are sure to come, and shines a light on the safest path to progress.Mark and Susan Merrill
founders of Family First, All Pro Dad, and iMOM
What I love about The 7 Rings of Marriage is the infusion of hope Jackie gives each of us in our marriage relationship. No matter where you are in your marriage you will find practical and insightful truths that move you closer to God and closer to the person you love most.Justin and Trisha Davis
Authors of Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn’t Good Enough
Jackie’s approach to helping married couples understand the state of their marriage and how they can move forward in their relationship is clearly explained as he describes each of the 7 rings.Aaron and Jennifer Smith
founders of HusbandRevolution.com and Unveiledwife.com
Jackie has the courage to take you behind the scenes and show you the ‘back stage’. He is transparent about the failures and successes of his own marriage, and teaches you how tough times can serve as lessons learned if you allow them to. Dr. Jevonnah 'Lady J' Ellison
Leading Purpose Strategist & Founder of Maximum Potential Academy
The 7 Rings of Marriage is a true gift to couples. Jackie’s practical and relatable style makes it easy to enjoy the 7 Rings principles and, more importantly, put them into practice to make a real difference in everyday married life.Dustin Riechmann
author of 15 Minute Marriage Makeover and founder of EngagedMarriage.com
Setting the right expectations for marriage is essential for couples that want to go the distance, but it seems today marriage is a thick fog that leaves so many confused and hopeless. Consider this a hand to lead you out.Casey and Meygan Caston
Co-Founders of Marriage365.com
Jackie’s and Stephana’s passion for all of us to have the best possible marriage no matter our present circumstances permeates everything he does! Jackie becomes our brother sharing his failures and successes. He and Stephana draw you in with their incredible transparency, humor, time-tested practical marriage tips, and provide marriage evaluation tools. With more than thirty years in marriage ministry, The Seven Rings of Marriage is something I’ll use with all my clients!Dr. Clarence Shuler
President/CEO, BLR: Building Lasting Relationships
The 7 Rings of Marriage is one of the most amazing tools to grow a healthy marriage out there!Eric Dingler
Pastor and Church Planter, Coastal City Church
Jackie is a leader in the area of family leadership today. He is very transparent and inspirational, but most importantly, he challenges men to settle for nothing but their best as husbands and fathers.Devin Dabney
Author, speaker, and podcaster
I highly recommend Jackie Bledsoe…I have found him to be an outstanding communicator both verbally and in writing.Steve Ellson
Associate at Christian Men's Business Connection (CBMC)

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Upcoming Events

Please note: These dates are subject to change without notice. Please check the event website before you make plans to attend.

  Date Event / Event Details City / More Info
+ 09/08/2017—09/09/2017
The 7 Rings of Marriage at City Center Church Lenexa, KS
  Retreat:The 7 Rings of MarriagePublic Event
Sponsor:City Center Church
+ 09/15/2017—09/17/2017
Tribe Conference 2017 Franklin, TN
  Venue:The Factory at Franklin
Franklin, TN
Public Event
+ 09/21/2017
09:00-05:00 p.m.
Fail Fest 2017 Indianapolis, IN
  Venue:Launch Indy
525 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Public Event
+ 12/08/2017—12/09/2017
Remembering the Promise Marriage Banquet 2017 Springfield, VA
  Sponsor:First Mount Zion Baptist ChurchPublic Event

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Previous Events

Here is a list of some of the events we’ve been a part of.

  Date Event / Event Details City / More Info
+ 08/18/2017—08/19/2017
Date with Your Mate Marriage Weekend Beaumont, TX
  Sponsor:Antioch Missionary Baptist ChurchPublic Event
+ 02/17/2017—02/18/2017
2017 Better Together Marriage Conference Indianapolis, IN
  Venue:Heartland Church
9665 Hague Road
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Public Event
+ 02/09/2017—02/11/2017
Marriage in the Mountains 2017 Gatlinburg, TN
  Sponsor:Seasons ChurchPrivate Event
+ 02/02/2017
2017-02-03
Fuel Soul Care | 2017 Youth Workers Conference Fishers, IN
  Venue:The Wesleyan Church Headquarters
13300 Olio Road
Fishers, IN 46027
Public Event
+ 01/12/2017
06:00-07:00 a.m.
21 Days of Prayer Indianapolis, IN
  Venue:Heartland Church
9665 Hague Road
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Public Event
+ 12/03/2016
08:00 a.m.-01:00 p.m.
2016 Marriage Summit by the Marriage University Glenn Dale, MD
  Sponsor:The Marriage SummitPublic Event
Venue:Reid Temple Glenn Dale
Glenn Dale, MD
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+ 11/05/2016
Greater First Baptist Marriage Retreat Henryville, IN
  Sponsor:Greater First Baptist ChurchPrivate Event
+ 10/07/2016—10/09/2016
LifeWay Marriage Getaways Fall 2016 Ridgecrest, NC
  Venue:LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center
1 Ridgecrest Drive
Ridgecrest, NC 28770
Public Event
+ 09/24/2016
Bethesda Worship Center Marriage Conference Richmond, IN
  Sponsor:Bethesda Marriage MinistryPublic Event
Venue:Bethesda Worship Center
2200 Peacock Road
Richmond, IN
+ 06/03/2016—06/05/2016
Committed for Life Marriage Retreat Angola, IN
  Retreat:The 7 Rings of MarriagePublic Event
Sponsor:Committed for Life Marriage MinistryRegister to attend
Venue:Potawatomi Inn Resort and Conference Center
Pokagon State Park
Angola, IN
+ 05/22/2016
Bellevue Church Marriage Rally Memphis, TN
  Sponsor:Bellevue Baptist ChurchPrivate Event
Venue:Bellevue Baptist Church
2000 Appling Rd.
Memphis, TN
+ 05/06/2016
06:30-8:30 p.m.
First Fridays at Eastern Star Church Indianapolis, IN
  Sponsor:Eastern Star Marriage MinistryPublic Event
Venue:Eastern Star Church
5805 Cooper Road
Indianapolis, IN 46228
+ 05/03/2016
01:00 p.m.
Discipleship [THRU] Webcast Online
  Sponsor:Bible Studies For LifePublic Event
+ 04/22/2016
Awana Vantage Conference Chicago, IL
  Venue:Awana Global Campus
1 East Bode Rd.
Chicago, IL
Public Event
+ 03/05/2016
12:00-02:00 p.m.
Trinity Christian Books Grand Reopening and 7 Rings of Marriage Book Signing Richmond, IN
  Venue:Trinity Christian Gifts and Books
4623 National Road E
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 962-0727
Public Event
+ 02/19/2016—02/21/2016
LifeWay Marriage Getaways Branson, MO
  Venue:Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa & Convention Center
415 North State Highway 265
Branson, MO 65616
Public Event
+ 02/02/2016
12:00-03:00 p.m.
7 Rings of Marriage Meet-up & Book Signing Indianapolis
  Venue:LifeWay Christian Stores
5458 E. 82nd Street
Indianapolis 46250
317-841-3200
Public Event
+ 10/16/2015—10/18/2015
LifeWay Marriage Getaways Fall 2015 #2 Ridgecrest, NC
  Retreat:The 7 Rings of MarriagePublic Event
Venue:LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center
1 Ridgecrest Drive
Ridgecrest, NC 28770
Register to attend
+ 10/09/2015—10/11/2015
LifeWay Marriage Getaways Fall 2015 #1 Ridgecrest, NC
  Retreat:The 7 Rings of MarriagePublic Event
Venue:LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center
1 Ridgecrest Drive
Ridgecrest, NC 28770
Register to attend
+ 06/06/2015
04:00-06:00 p.m.
Sex Without Sheets Online Marriage Conference  
  Sponsor:Jamal and Natasha Miller, founders of Married and YoungRegister to attend
+ 06/05/2015—06/07/2015
Committed for Life Marriage Retreat Angola, IN
  Retreat:Lego Lessons and Marriage MasterpiecesRegister to attend
Sponsor:Committed for Life Marriage Ministry
Venue:Potawatomi Inn Resort and Conference Center
Angola, IN
+ 04/17/2015
07:00-08:30 a.m.
All Pro Dad's Day Breakfast Noblesville, IN
  Other:Establishing PrioritiesPrivate Event
+ 10/10/2014—10/11/2014
St. Jude Celebration of Hope Seminar Weekend Memphis, TN
  Full-day Seminar:St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Private Event
Sponsor:ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research HospitalGet more information
Venue:St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105
+ 08/07/2014
BDPA National Conference Indianapolis, IN
  Workshop:Using Social Media for Career AdvancementPublic Event
Sponsor:BDPA
+ 12/14/2013
All Pro Dad Father and Kid Experience Hosted by the Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis, IN
  Sponsor:All Pro DadPublic Event
Venue:Indianapolis Colts Practice Facility
Indianapolis, IN

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