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One of the questions I get asked all the time is “how do you speak for 40 minutes without using notes?”
It’s a great question.
Personally, I actually prepare notes, but I rarely if ever use them when I speak.
Recently my church hosted a leadership conference to encourage and equip our lay leaders and staff. One of the speakers at the event, Nikki, impacted me with her engaging presentation. She spoke for nearly an hour training our leaders how to do ministry effectively in our context. About halfway through her presentation I had filled my page with notes and was eager for more. I started to think about what made the experience so captivating. I turned the page over and jotted down some notes that I want to share with you. Nikki embodied the 4 irresistible traits of speakers who connect with their audience.
As I’m sure you know, Easter is just a few weeks away. In fact, this year, it’s early. Easter happens the last week of March and that means that church leaders across the country are faced with a shorter time to prepare and less time to ramp up.
For three and a half decades, Easter Sunday has been one of the biggest evangelistic opportunities of the year for Saddleback Church, and for thousands of other churches too. When the celebration of Easter Sunday is such a golden opportunity to tell people about the hope we have in the risen Christ, it’s definitely prudent to start planning for it early.
So you want to reach unchurched people.
And if you do, Sunday mornings is a make it or break it time. Teaching and preaching becomes a very complex task of being 100% faithful to scripture and engaging your audience.
Preachers who say they don’t care what their audience thinks probably don’t care about their audience.
A past article that SermonCentral picked up this week.