In this video for theLab School of Fire, I choose a random scripture and then develop a teaching on it—and then teach it.
After revealing some public speaking keys, watch as I grab a random scripture and then develop a teaching in 10 minutes—and then teach it in 10 minutes.
If you are called to minister, to teach, to declare the Word of the Lord or to even speak in the secular realm, this short screencast will help immensely!
I’ll include both the notes on how to deliver a message AND the notes from our spontaneous teaching below.
Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/VCxcYTkB8KA
Teaching Tips Outline
- speaking requires both preparation and technique.
2. You can teach on any topic regardless of if you burn with the message or not, but you do have to own it.
b. I delivered it as if I wrote it; my confidence was high.
c. “Depth of conviction counts more than height of logic, and enthusiasm is worth more than knowledge.” David Peebles
d. People only retain about 10% of what you say. But, they’ll always remember how you made them feel!…and most decisions are based on emotions – not logic. Logic is how decisions are later justified.
e. This is why professional speakers put so much emphasis on how their message is delivered – cause context, (how it’s said) can be more important than content, (what is said).
3. Passion, poise and confidence
a. Your audience wants you to succeed!
b. Be relaxed.
c. Don’t apologize or highlight your lack of confidence.
d. Don’t take cues from the audience.
e. “no-one can intimidate me without my permission.” Elanor Roosevelt
f. Over the last ten years, general attention spans have dropped from 12 minutes to 5 minutes.
g. Average continuous attention span is 8 seconds.
i. People need fresh and new input continually to stay focused.
ii. The average office worker checks their email 30-40 times an hour.
iii. Adrenaline is released when we respond to a sudden change in environment—your goal is to keep changing the environment.
h. You have to convince your audience to ‘sign up again’ every 3-5 minutes.
i. Use passion and enthusiasm
iii. Enroll the audience (ask questions to be considered, calls to action)
1. EX: “How many of you…”
2. Physically demonstrate the response you want
3. Your goal is 100% enrollment!
iv. Get in their zone
v. Break it up into short punchy segments
vi. Having the same pace, tone and mode of delivery can only last you several minutes!
vii. Body language!
viii. Dramatic pauses
ix. Use shock and awe
4. Inflection and volume
5. “Come on!”
i. Anchor text!
i. Write your teaching the way you talk!!!
1. Your teaching should be rabbit trail proof.
2. If you waver, jump right back in asap and read your text.
3. It will calibrate you quickly.
v. Personal stories
vi. Stories of other people
viii. Calls to action
Is It Time?
I. Is it time?
a. Haggai 1:2 (ESV) 2 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD.”
i. How could we ever presume that it’s not time to build God’s house?
ii. What would cause us to believe this?
1. JFB: This people—”This” sluggish and selfish “people.” He does not say, My people, since they had neglected the service of God.
3. Scofield: The prophet calls upon the old men who remembered Solomon’s temple to witness to the new generation how greatly that structure exceeded the present in magnificence.
b. Haggai 1:3-4 (ESV) 3 Then the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?
i. khaw-rabe’: parched or ruined :- desolate, dry, waste.
ii. V.3 is critical! We must hear the word of the Lord!
iii. God’s redundant rebuke as he defends his house.
c. Haggai 1:5-6 (ESV) 5 Now, therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. 6 You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.
i. It’s time to consider our ways.
1. Adam Clarke: Consider your ways—Is it fit that you should be building yourselves elegant houses, and neglect a place for the worship of that God who has restored you from captivity?
ii. How’s life working out for you?
d. It’s time now to give ourselves to the house of prayer, to facilitating God’s presence!