Tuesday Teaching Tips Episode 228
Here we are, almost the end of the year, and time for some reflection. Specifically, reflecting on the effectiveness of our speaking.
I made similar recordings in December last year and the year before. The links are below.
I think it’s fair to assume, if you’re watching this video or listening to the podcast, you are someone who wants to grow in your effectiveness as a speaker. One of my guiding Scriptures is in Acts chapter 14:
“At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed.” (Acts 14:1 NIV11)
How wonderful! They were so effective that people believed. What this hints at is that it is not only knowing the right information, nor even speaking correctly about the topic, but growing in effectiveness.
How shall we approach assessing our effectiveness this year? I have decided to keep it very simple. We will discuss one issue and one issue only today.
Because I have recorded on issues to do with feedback before, I’m not going to go into a lot of detail today. I have added links above to a couple of other classes addressing feedback. Additionally, I am attaching a PDF of a speaker survey we are using this year in the Thames Valley churches of Christ.
Further, I can recommend a book by my friend Chris Chin:
My suggestion is to ask two questions of those to whom you speak regularly:
- Please tell me one thing I do well that you would like me to continue doing and why that matters to you.
- Please tell me one thing I could improve, and why that matters to you.
Honestly, I think that will do. More than that maybe more complicated than is necessary.
Finally, let me set a good example by asking you for that precise feedback for myself.
Please tell me something I do well that you’d like me to continue doing and why that matters to you. And, please tell me one thing I could improve and why that matters to you.
You can send feedback to my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)
God bless, Malcolm