"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 will focus 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.
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 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.
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.
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 ...