YM Quotes:

YM Quotes:

Youth ministry is always a challenge. Youth ministry is consistently changing. Youth ministry is regularly surprising. Youth ministry is fresh all the time. (Mark Oestreicher)

Although students need guidance from good leaders, we often take on too much of the responsibility for their knowledge about God. We want them to blindly adopt our opinions rather than work out their own understanding. Instead we must help young people learn how to think for themselves with God’s perspective as their foundation and the Word of God as their rule. (Sean Dunn)

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Monday, February 17, 2014

What's important when you talk...

One of the things you usually have to do as a youthleader/ youthworker is to prepare and deliver inputs/ talks/ sermons. No matter if you speak in front of ten/ three-hundred/ two-thousand young people - you should give your best! I recently read two blogposts (one in English and one in German) concerning what to avoid in a presentation/ sermon/ talk:

10 Phrases great Speakers never say (Jeff Haden):

10 Things I never want to come across again in a presentation (Christian Rommert; in German):

Both articles made me think. They talk about phrases like "I'm jet-lagged/ tired/ hungover." "Can you hear me? Yes you can!" "I can't see you because the lights are too bright." "I'll get back to that later."
"Can you read this?" "Shut off your phone/ laptop/ tablet." "You don't need to write anything down or take photos; the presentation will be online later." "Let me answer that question." "I'll keep it short." "I did not have enough time to prepare well." "The topic tonight is..." "I'll read this for you" "Wikipedia say's concerning this topic..." "Now I'll come to the last point."

Do these phrases sound familiar? Some of them even seem legitimate at times, but I have to say most of them are attention killers. Unfortunately I have used several of those phrases previously in talks. There are even more phrases (than those mentioned above) that will cause your listerners to loose focus and interest in your talk.

BUT, rather than looking at what you should not say, I think it's good to look at WHAT YOU SHOULD DO when you talk, as it will have an affect on what you say:

1) Be honest in your approach as you talk to your audience.

2) Enjoy what you do! If you're not excited about it, why should someone else be?

3) Make sure you have enough time to prepare. Prepare well, I mean it - prepare well!

4) Ask yourself what you enjoy about other great speakers.

5) Ask trustworty, critical people to give you honest feedback.

6) Watch regularly other good speakers and notice what they do well.

7) Learn from your mistakes and do it better next time.

8) Work on your weaknesess while using your strengths.

9) If your talk is recorded, get a copy and watch/ listen to it again.

10) Don't take longer with your talk than you were asked.

These are valuable insights which you might already know OR never considered yet. Anyway I'm convinced they can give guidance as you prepare your next talk.

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