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Beloved CCN Client Passes Away

One of Creative Communication Network‘s most renowned and beloved clients passed awayray-gilmer on August 21, 2016.  Ray Gilmer was a client of CCN President Karl Krayer, and they worked together on influencing presenations to sell his patented product to enhance sleep, entitled CES (Cranial Electrical Stimulator).

You can read the obituary which details his outstanding career in public service, science, engineering, meditation, and medicine by clicking here.  He was fond of talking about the care and love he gave to his wife of 60 years, June, during her struggle with Alzheimer’s.

Krayer first met Gilmer at First United Methodist Church – Garland, where he was a member of the John Markley Class.

For four years, Krayer and Gilmer teamed to craft influencing presentations about CES to medical doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, chiropractors, and pharmacists.  They also gave presentations to investing groups in attempt to receive funding for manufacturing, and to donors in an attempt to secure funds for a foundation to cure drug and alcohol addiction.  They stopped seeing each other in 2012 at the request of Gilmer’s daughters, who found the projects too stressful for him.  After consulting with his minister, Krayer ceased their working relationship so that he could completely retire and rest until his death.

This was a fine man, and we are saddened to hear of his passing last month.



Dual Career Communication Workshop on August 28 – and new a New Blog Post

If you and your partner both work, we have a terrific event for you on Sunday, August 28.  It is our Dual Career Couples Communication Workshop.

The workshop begins with lunch at 12:00, and the session lasts from 1:00-5:00 p.m.  We do this in Schreiber Hall at First United Methodist Church – Garland.

You and your partner will take your communication to the next level, with our skilled facilitators, activities, and conversations.  This is very practical, but also fun.  You and your partner will have a great time.

The fee is only $75, which includes lunch, workbooks for both partners, and facilitation.  Our CCN facilitators are Karl J. Krayer, Ph.D., Randy Mayeux, and Carmen Coreas.

You register through www.firstfridaybooksynopsis.com.  Go to the orange starbust that says Register, and then click to see our event.  You can pay with any major credit or debit card.

We will send you an electronic flier that includes the agenda.  Just make the request at , or call Karl Krayer at (972) 601-1537.

One our CCN facilitators for the workshop, Carmen Coreas, writes a spiritual blog.  She has CarmenStraightHair2a new post up today, entitled “Sufficient Grace.”  You can read the post by clicking HERE.  Ms. Coreas is a featured speaker this weekend at the NAACP Drug Prevention Resources conference, where she will present her keynote address, “The War Off Drugs,” in three concurrent sessions.


Save the Date! CCN to Sponsor Domestic Violence Workshop on October 21

Save the date!

I am excited to announce that Creative Communication Network will sponsor a half-day workshop on Domestic Violence this fall.  The exact date is Friday, October 21, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.  This is purple shirt day.  We will meet at First United Methodist Church in Garland, Texas.

The exact title is “The State of Affairs in Domestic Violence.”  I will be the host and moderator for the session, which features expert speakers on a variety of topics.

This is also the charity recipient for the First Friday Book Synopsis at the Park City Club in Dallas on Friday, October 7.  We will collect donations to the New Beginning Center, which is an agency in Garland that supports victims of domestic violence.

The conference is targeted for these purposes:

  • Leave informed – You will hear trends, updates, problems, progress, and opportunities.
  • Consider for yourself – Are we winning the war against Domestic Violence?
  • Hear from expert speakers who are involved in a variety of interventions.

The program is as follows:

Corporate Interventions in Domestic Violence – Kathryn Klepak, Director of Human Resources – City of Garland

Community Responses to Domestic Violence – Erin Kincaid, Manager of Community Education, New Beginning Center

Educational and Faith-Based Interventions in Domestic Violence – Monique Herrera, Community Educator, New Beginning Center

Law Enforcement Interventions in Domestic Violence – Wayne Sherriff, Detective for Domestic Investigations and Sex Crimes – City of Garland

Victim Interventions – “Four Ways it Ends With You” – Carmen Coreas, Creative Communication Network

We will also end with a forum discussion, where participants can ask questions of the speakers.

Stay tuned!  Registration information will be available shortly on a variety of web sites.





New Beginning Center Receives CCN Presentation – “It Ends With You”

One of our Creative Communication Network speakers, Carmen Coreas, delivered her presentation on domestic violence and sexual abuse, entitled “It Ends With You,” on May 11 at the New Beginning Center in Garland, Texas.

The Center is “dedicated to ending family violence through education, advocacy, counseling and support and we work tirelessly to help bring these free resources to our community.  We have been a leader in the fight against domestic violence for over 30 years and the dedication of our community partners and generous donors make it possible for New Beginning Center to reach thousands of North Texans every year.”  One of the Center’s sponsors is First United Methodist Church – Garland, where CCN President Karl J. Krayer is an active participant.

It Ends With You” is a message of hope, renewal, and redirection for teens and women who have been victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence.  Carmen’s incredible and heart-wrenching story of how she moved from abuse in her family and domestic relationships to a new positive and upbeat life will touch you. Her experiences will connect with you. Her message will give you direction with practical alternatives to put the past behind you, and focus on the future in order to live your life to its fullest.  Carmen’s message will inspire you to:

  • take control of your life,
  • ask God for spiritual guidance, and
  • implement positive steps to take in order to change your mental and physical outlook to redirect your life.

This presentation is free of charge to agencies and shelters which focus on assisting victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence.  For information on Carmen Coreas, click HERE.  She has an active spiritual blog that you can access by clicking HERE. For information on booking this presentation, contact CCN President Karl J. Krayer at .

Here are staff members from several agencies and shelters who attended the May 11 presentation at the New Beginning Center, with Carmen centered.


Encore Program on Communication in Political Campaigns

On Wednesday, March 16, Randy Mayeux and Karl Krayer participate in an encore of our program on communication and political campaigns.

The program is from 6:30-7:15 at First United Methodist Church – Garland.  The address is 801 Avenue B at Glenbrook.  The program is in rooms 103-105.

Here is the title and description.

Did You Hear What You Thought You Heard?   Making sense out of what candidates say and mean in political campaigns

In today’s attack-first political environment, political candidates are increasingly accountable for what they say about each other, and about their plans to lead the country.  Indeed, the media has been particularly energetic about emphasizing contradictions and checking facts that candidates produce in debates, press conferences, and presentations.  In this fast-paced program, learn what the leading political candidates actually mean when they talk, and what risks they encounter when taking a particular stance or position.  Learn to identify innuendos, misleading interpretations, and inaccurate facts.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions.


April 2012 First Friday Book Synopsis Sponsored by Relay for Life

In April, the First Friday Book Synopsis sponsored by Creative Communication Network is sponsored by Relay for Life.
Here is a note from Karl J. Krayer, President of Creative Communication Network:
If you have lost a loved one to cancer, I am honored to carry his or her name on an index card with me as I walk my laps at the 2012 Relay for Life event in Garland on May 5-6, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Please send me his or her name, and I will carry it with me on a lap. At the end of my laps, I will burn these cards and extinguish the flame as a symbol of our hope that we will soon extinguish this horrible disease. I will then offer a special prayer in their memory.
If you would like to contribute to this cause, I will match the amount of the donation you make. Within 24 hours, you will see my matching contribution in his or her honor in the scrolling list on my page.  A contribution on your behalf is totally optional – I will carry the name of your loved one regardless of whether or not you donate.
You can access my personal page to contribute by clicking here.
When you register, use YOUR NAME – Memory of __________. (Note: the spaces are limited.)
My mother died of breast cancer in 1982. For the past several years, I have walked in the Relay for Life event as a member of the New Directions Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church in Garland. I typically walk my laps at the most inconvenient time possible, such as 3:00 a.m., in order to symbolize the inconvenience and pain that so many victims experienced as they suffered with this disease.
In 2011, thanks to all the contributions, I was the top individual fund-raiser for this event in the Garland area. But this is not about me – it is about honoring the memory of lost ones, helping to destroy this killer for future generations, and celebrating those who have survived it.
In 2012, I am doubling my goal from 2011. I am posting a goal of $2,400. With your help, I can get there.
I want you to know that I believe this program is working!  Each year, the number of participants in the emotional “survivor lap” grows, meaning that the dollars that we contribute are being put to use to save individuals who are afflicted with this disease.
When I take part in the Relay for Life, and when you contribute to this cause, we are helping the American Cancer Society save lives by:
  • Helping people stay well by helping them take steps to prevent cancer or detect it early, when it’s most treatable
  • Helping people get wellby being in their corner around the clock to guide them through every step of their cancer experience
  • Finding curesby funding groundbreaking research that helps us understand cancer’s causes, determine how best to prevent it and discover new ways to cure it
  • Fighting back by working with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join the fight
Please support my efforts by making a donation to this cause. Together, we have the power to help create a world where cancer can no longer claim another year of anyone’s life.
Thank you.
Karl J. Krayer, Ph.D.