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How To Be Heard Above All The Noise

By | COMMUNICATION

As a communicator nothing is more discouraging than a disengaged audience. While it’s easy to blame the audience the truth is that the speaker owns the moment.

Distractions and noise are a part of every day life. To communicate with a fully focused audience is a rare occasion. If you want to be heard above the noise you need to: Read More

How To Engage Your Audience

By | COMMUNICATION

Have you ever wondered, “Are people listening?”  It’s a question we ask at parent meetings, giving a message to teenagers or a training with volunteers.  It’s an important question to answer because if they aren’t engaged with what you are saying then you are just wasting time.

Engaging your audience isn’t just based on charisma and talent.  You need to work at it and it takes a plan.  To fully grab their focus you need to: Read More

4 Secrets To Delivering A Dynamic Message

By | COMMUNICATION

There is nothing more frustrating than delivering a message to a group of disengaged teenagers.  We wonder, “What’s the secret to getting teenagers to listen?”

There really isn’t a secret.  In fact it takes time and energy to deliver a well crafted message.  And while some people are more gifted than others the way you can improve on your message delivery is by: Read More

What You Need To Do To Get Your Message Heard

By | COMMUNICATION

I was recently asked, “What form of communication do you use to communicate with teens?”  I replied, “As many forms as possible.”  The number one mistake we all make when it comes to communicating is not doing it enough.

You could have a thought, communicate that thought and believe that everyone else now has that same thought, but that would be foolish.  To communicate effectively and make your message stick you need to: Read More

How To Speak With Authority

By | COMMUNICATION

You cannot avoid public speaking as a youth minister. Whether it’s workshops or a part of your regular job communicating a message is inevitable.  But, if you want that message to stick you need to do it with authority.

It’s not just what you say, it’s also how you say it.  That means knowing how to speak with authority. To build authority and engage your audience you need to: Read More

7 Steps To Deliver Top Notch Messages

By | COMMUNICATION

As an ENFP I have the ability to talk for hours.  It doesn’t mean I’m always interesting, but I like to talk.  In order to deliver quality message I needed humility.  I needed to discover that speaking means working hard.

An important part of a youth minister’s job is speaking.  If you do not know how to deliver a message to teenagers you’ll have a hard time influencing and impacting them.   While not all youth ministers are gifted speakers there are several steps that you can take to improve.  Here are 7 that I use: Read More

8 Practices To Increase The Quality Of Your Speaking

By | COMMUNICATION

I have no problems talking.  I could go on and on.  That’s part of being an ENFP (Extrovert, iNtuitive, Feeling and Perception).  I never needed practice, or least I thought.  Early on I was losing people left and right.

Speaking is an important part of youth ministry.  You need to be able to speak in front of parents, volunteers and of course teenagers.  If you communicate clearly you can mobilize the next generation.  

To improve upon the quality of your speaking you need to have a few best practices.  Does not matter if you are naturally gifted.  What makes a great speaker is someone who puts time, and attention behind what they do.  

8 practices that are essential to increasing the quality of your messages are: Read More

How To Speak With Authority

By | COMMUNICATION, Uncategorized

I was jealous.  In my third year of ministry we booked a guest speaker on purity.  Everyone was engaged and into it.  I couldn’t believe it.  I would constantly struggle to get their attention.  I wondered, “What was the difference?” He spoke with authority.

It can be difficult to engage teenagers.  To compete with what is going on their lives is a challenge.  They are constantly told one thing over another and need help sorting it out.  Content is important, but it’s not the only thing.  If you do not know how to deliver your message with authority no one will listen.  

To speak with authority means to have control and command over your audience.  In other words people are fully engaged.  When they are engaged they will listen.  To speak with authority you need to: Read More