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Speaking Tips

  • Message: Have a meaningful message that is coherent. Do not try to relay more than 3 or 4 main ideas, 1 or 2 points is best.
  • Love: Whenever possible, develop an affection and concern for your audience.
  • Examples and analogies: These serve to make a point clearer, so use them! Real life examples often work best.
  • Present yourself: Speak clearly and conversationally, make eye contact, talk to the back row, ask questions.
  • Visuals and props: Any letters should be 1" for every 10 feet distance to the farthest audience member
  • Multimedia: Important points should be reinforced with videos, photos, graphics.
  • Intimacy: If you want your audience to be open to what you have to say, open up yourself to your audience.
  • Be yourself: Don't be fake. Sensing lack of sincerity is the strongest intuition that humans have.
  • Brevity: Don't labor the point. Only include as much detail as necessary to relay the message.
  • Reaction: Stir up and express the same feelings and convictions within yourself that you want your audience to experience in reaction to your speech.
  • Nervous?: Pray for the people who will be in your audience.

Advanced tips

  • Audience reception and response
    • Sincerity is key. Speak in such a way that your message is authentic.
      • Don't expect your audience to think your message is important unless your audience can tell that you think it is important.
      • It is important to learn how to speak well about a topic when you don't feel particularly passionate about it. Sometimes very important things seem common or mundane. Stir your enthusiasm to foster a better message. This is not being fake, it is acknowledging the real worth of a message, even if you're not "feeling it" at the time you are speaking.
    • Forming reception: Generally, your audience will react based on how you inform them.
    • Forming reaction: Speak with the same feelings that you want your audience to feel. If you want the audience to be happy because of what you are saying, then you must model a happy reaction to the message through your tone and body language.

Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame.
-- 1 Peter 3:15-16