I remember being scared to get in front of people years ago, I obviously have gotten over it, and though there are times I get more nervous than others; speaking to an unfamiliar crowd and small crowds (10 – 15 people). I know, weird huh?
But for those of you who may have to FACE the FEAR of public speaking someday… a few helpful hints...
When preparing the material ask yourself the following 2 questions:
1) What ONE THING do I want them to KNOW?
2) What ONE THING do I want them to DO?
There are a million ways to build a talk; here is the format I use:
The Big Idea: The main thought of what I am trying to communicate.
Introduction: Tell em what I am going to tell em.
Message: Tell em!
Closing: Tell em what I just told em.
Challenge: Get em to DO what I just told em.
Then on the natural side I would say just do your due diligence to study the material, be secure in the message (content) and have faith that God will do His work. Pretty simple, I know!
Each week I prepare a talk and I only want what is best for the audience I am speaking to! Pure and simple. I do enjoy speaking, but if I can’t speak about something I truly feel will help people have a better life, forget it! Meaningless.
So, make sure you have a message you feel passionate about, and go for it!
Let me know how it goes.