Teaching Tip 355 | “Plain Speaking – your speaking notes” | 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.

Different philosophies exist about the value or otherwise of using notes when you speak. What does Bercot think? He follows this process:

  1. Type up a detailed sermon outline
  2. Print it off and read it through making sure it makes sense
  3. Highlight key points (words) of the message
  4. Type a new version of the message using only the highlighted points

His goal is to get to the point where he doesn’t need his notes. This is called extemporaneous speaking. Advantages of this approach include:

  1. Better engagement with the congregation because we are not tied to our notes
  2. Better connection with the congregation because it’s more like a conversation
  3. Better conviction in speaking because the points have been embedded in our mind and heart

What are your thoughts on his approach? What is your method, and why do you do it that way?

Next time we will go on to explore how our speaking can be authentically our own.

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

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