Teaching Tip 346 | “Plain Speaking – Anyone can learn to speak effectively” | Malcolm Cox

Here is your 2-minute tip based on chapter 2 of the book, “Plain speaking: How to preach and teach effectively” by David Bercot.

  • Some people think speaking in public is a gift given to a few. I contend the opposite. I believe that almost everybody can speak effectively. How do I know this?
  • Can you carry on a conversation? Are you able to have a chat with your spouse, friend, neighbour?
  • In addition, do you have the Holy Spirit?
  • Then you have enough to be an effective speaker
  • “…good preaching is simply a form of structured conversation.” 14

Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying, “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” What’s happening between our ears is more important

As a youngster I learned to sing. I joined a local parish church choir and was surprised how easy it was. I had a wonderful choir master who understood the psychology of singing as well as the practicalities. He convinced me I could sing, and as a result, I sang. If you have doubts about your ability to speak effectively, will you pray for the confidence to try? And, will you seek out a competent teacher to help you take steps to improve?

Is there anything preventing you from praying to be an effective speaker?
Who could you ask to help you become an effective speaker?

Has today’s tip been worth two minutes of your time? I hope so.

Next week: Preaching is organised conversation

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God bless, Malcolm