A Man Named Kim?!?
In 1901, Nobel Prize winning English author, Rudyard Kipling’s book, Kim, was published. 57 years later, Claudia Elizabeth Williams was reading that book while pregnant with her third child. The story tells of an orphan Indian/English child named Kim – and referrers to the meaning of his name as Friend of the World. She chose to name her son, Kim.
Some years and countless "What? Kim is a girl's name" comments later...this is what you get...a Man Named Kim
As a child, I wanted to be an actor when I grew up. Raised in Myrtle Beach, SC and working in the family business of motel management, I honed my dream by spending much of my early years “acting” as if I were not surrounded by sand fleas, tourists, and aging beach bums.
After leaving Myrtle Beach to pursue a BA in religious studies at Wofford College and a Master of Divinity Degree at Southeastern Seminary, this man named Kim Williams spent 15 years as a pastor. I left the pulpit in 1999 (long story....so long I wrote a book about it) and discovered a passion for sales, which I often describe as "the art of helping people get what they want, in spite of themselves"—which, if you think about it, isn't that big of a career leap.
I can claim the label of former adjunct faculty member at Queens University and Central Piedmont Community College and I've been a guest lecturer at Wofford College (Go Terriers!), Wake Forest University, Forsyth Technical Community College and Elon University.
My other labels include: husband, author, father, grandfather and serial dog owner – In short, I believe that who we are begins with what we believe and what we believe is created by what we do every day.
A PERSONAL INVITATION FROM THE AUTHOR
Let me begin by saying I had the privilege of standing in the pulpit on a weekly basis for more than 15 years. That privilege was a great gift. People would allow me to stand before them and talk about the most significant thing in their lives. It was always an honor to preach and I am ever aware of the painful loss of that privilege - even though that loss was exactly what I needed.
This book is about what I discovered in my 'fall' from the pulpit and the subsequent life based leanings. This learning has lead me to consider that there might just be a few things I wish I'd said from the pulpit.. You will be challenged to hear some things in different ways, in ways that might really challenge you, even make you steaming, righteous mad. Sound fun? -Kim Williams, M.Div.
WISHFUL PREACHING - REVIEWS ARE IN!
"Fresh Insight, Humor and Inspiration..."
"This is the "un-preaching" book that moves beyond Sunday sermons into thoughtful but witty bite sized "YES!" moments. Yes, you'll think "Why doesn't MY pastor talk about this?" and that's the point - most don't...
"This book is different, and quite often delightful. Who could fail to sport at least a wry smile at the writer's then-four-year-old nephew as he offers his very own spin on saying grace: "God is grape, God is good. Let us spank him for our food"?...
Read more reviews of Wishful Preaching on Amazon!
PUBLIC SPEAKING TOPICS
Luncheon Talks - Need an interesting speaker for your association or networking group luncheon? Kim Williams offers engaging topics in 30 and 45 minute formats. Non-profit 'free' rates apply.
Civic Groups - The simple solution to your next meeting speaker. Need to know about Sales, Internet Marketing, Social Media or hear a story of how a former pastor ends up in the secular business world?
Sales/Marketing Meetings - Years of failure and success in sales and sales management have equipped Kim Williams with more humor and knowledge than one man can contain. Kim dishes out rapid paced, useful and helpful tactics! Want some?
Kim the Preacher - 15 years of ordained ministry while thinking, speaking and teaching about God makes for a menagerie of colorful, inspiring and often irreverent stories. Kim Williams knows what they keep behind the pulpit is isn't afraid to share it!
Networking Leader - No matter if you are a salesperson looking for new business or a professional just looking to grow your network, knowing how to network online and offline is critical to your success. With thousands of online connections and hundreds of professionals in his community network, Kim can share a wealth of success tips for Social Media and Face-to-Face networking.