Tuesday Teaching Tip 219

5 Lesser-Known Public Speaking Rules Every Young Professional Needs To Know – Part 1


“Existing literature on the art of public speaking is extensive: ranging from preparation and confidence to body language and tonality, the list of ‘golden rules’ is abundant — but mechanical. The following five rules are lesser-known approaches to public speaking and will insert dynamism, nuance, and distinction to your communication toolbox.”

Forbes Magasine: Ali Shahbaz

Let’s have a look at the first of these ‘lesser-known’ approaches and see if it might help our preaching and teaching of God’s word.

Make people dream

  • “…a fine speaker must induce a sense of community that is connected by common goals”
  • Another word for this might be ‘vision’
  • What is vision? Where does it come from?
    • “Visions form in the hearts of those who are dissatisfied with the status quo.” Andy Stanley, Visioneering, 17
  • ““You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.” (Nehemiah 2:17–18 NIV11)

Nehemiah’s order:

  1. Problem
  2. Vision
  3. God focus
  4. Evidence of God’s grace
  5. Call to action
  6. Action

Could use the above as a check-list for your lesson.


Fundamentally a dream, or vision, must originate in your own heart. In that sense, all inspiring preaching and teaching comes from a place of dissatisfaction.

? Question: “What is your highest, brightest spiritual dream right now?”

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

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PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

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