“They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read." Nehemiah 8:8 (NIV)
“But you are to proclaim things consistent with soundteaching.” Titus 2:1 (CSB) "As a communicator, I can either try to be a sage on the stage or a guide by their side. A sage looks down on others and tries to impress them with wisdom. A guide comes alongside, shares the journey, and encourages them to go the distance with him. I don’t want to impress others; I want to connect with them and help them." - John Maxwell, Leadershift
This App is designed to be a place were helpful content is warehoused for those who are looking to improve their public speaking abilities and specifically it focuses on preaching. There are many approaches to communicating God's Word but the style that I resonate with the most is laid out in Andy Stanley's book Communicating For A Change. Below is a "cliff notes" version of the book that will serve to orient you to the basic concepts of Communication That Sticks.
Click here to watch a video from the 2009 Drive Conference where Andy Stanley teaches through some of the fundamental principles found in "Communicating For A Change." If you'd like to follow along with notes download the PDF below.
Jeff Henderson has written a book, "Know What You're FOR: A Growth Strategy for Work, An Even Better Strategy for Life", and in that book he talks about the importance of finding your voice. There is a helpful assessment that you can take at his website here. This will help you to delve deeper into your presenter voice - the teacher, the motivator, the storytelleror thevisionary. Eachofthesevoiceshasastrengthanda weakness.Onceyouknowthis,you can leverage the strength and avoid the weakness, which will be a huge help in improving as a communicator.
The voice of the teacher is instructional, with explanation as the goal.
The weakness of this voice can potentially be a lack of connection with the crowd.
The question the teacher must answer for the audience is, “Why is this content important?”
The voice of the motivator is action-oriented, with personal change as the goal.
The weakness of this voice is that it can lean more on inspiration and less on content and clarity.
The question the motivator must answer for the audience is, “What do I want you to do with this information?”
The voice of the storyteller is engaging, with an emotional connection with the crowd as the goal.
The weakness of this voice can be a lack of direction and clarity regarding the purpose of the presentation.
The question the storyteller must answer is, “Where am I taking the audience?”
The voice of the visionary is inspiring, with organizational/world change as the goal.
The weakness of this voice is clearly articulating the how behind the why of the change.
The question the visionary must answer is, “How are we going to accomplish this?”
Images Adapted From Tony Morgan's Webinar
Tim Challies offers some inspiring thoughts about how to pray (original credit goes to Mike McKinley) when you're preparing a sermon as well as a set of helpful questions designed to be used near the end of a time of preparation. They form a bit of a checklist to ensure that what has been prepared is well-structured and that it will avoid missteps that may prove hindrances to those who are listening.
I have a tremendous amount of respect for pastor and author Timothy Keller. Watch him speak at the "Preaching To The Heart" workshop on preaching at The Gospel Coalition's 2015 National Conference in Orlando, Florida.
I have found numerous helpful resources from Carey Nieuwhof as well. The PDF's below have been adapted from numerous blog posts from Carey's blog. Each one addresses an aspect of communication that can help you develop this calling you may have on your life.
Pastor Steve Carter hosts, Craft and Character, an insightful podcast on the art of preaching. Each episode is packed full of helpful content and interviews to grow you as a communicator.
Craig Groeschel's leadership podcast featured two sessions on becoming a better communicator. Click the links below to watch the sessions and download the show notes to follow along and discuss with others.
If you’re a leader, you probably also want to improve as a speaker. On “Sharpening Your Communication Skills, Part 1,” we’ll discuss a few ways we can sharpen our communication skills and make ideas stick in the minds of the people who need to know them.
We wear many hats as communicators. In “Sharpening Your Communication Skills, Part 2,” we’ll talk a little about communicating in the right way and using the four communication languages to our advantage.
Watch "I Was Taught & I Thought" by Craig Groeschel where he talks about the courage to preach the gospel. Start @ 0:00 - 13:25; 28:50 - 34:24
There is an ongoing conversation that surfaces when there is discussion about communicating. It focuses on the balance between preparation and spontaneity. To explore these topics click on the links below ...
According to Tony Morgan, if you’re the lead pastor, you can’t delegate teaching, and you MUST delegate the things that get in the way of great teaching. Listen to the podcast below for more details ...