This week I’m over at Christianity Today’s Gifted for Leadership with
Before You Open Your Mouth: Ten Tips for the Work of Pre-Public Speaking
Here’s a sneak peek:
“As a ministry speaker and part of our churchâ€™s teaching team, I still fight nerves every time Iâ€™m preparing a presentation. So I am constantly on the lookout for public speaking tips. Thereâ€™s fantastic advice for the speech itselfâ€”start with a bang; use your lower register; make eye contact; use a visual aid; end with an applicationâ€”but in my own experience, the most important work of public speaking begins before even taking the stage. Here are ten lessons I have learned about the power of â€œPre-Public Speakingâ€:
1) Preach to Yourself. Before you prepare a message, have you lived it? As my friend, Jen Michel told me, â€œYou sort of know the Holy Spirit is in it when youâ€™re preaching to yourself and crying as you go.â€ Anything I speak or preach on has been born out of a conviction of sin, an emotional discovery, or a story of Godâ€™s faithfulness in my brokenness. Not that I have arrived, but at the very least, I have been laid bare before God and experienced his transformative love. This helps me authentically share it with others….
You can read the entire article here .
Tune in next week for a beautiful piece by writer Shelie Massie.