2 Essential Speaking Reminders

If you were to ask me what I enjoyed most about ministry, speaking never would have been the top 1.  However, I did enjoy it and I jumped at the chance to speak to students or adults.  Currently, a lot of what I do these days is behind the scenes stuff.  I don’t do a lot of speaking.  It’s not a good or bad thing, it is just where I am at and I’m ok with that.

Despite all this, I still welcome any chance I get to speak when called upon.  Whether it is just an announcement, a message to kids or even a sermon in “big church” I am always grateful to have the opportunity to share.  Well, recently, I had 2 opportunities to share in the last month. One to the children and one introducing our guest speaker and then leading the communion/offering/announcement time.

Watch this video below to hear these 2 essential speaking lessons I was reminded of.


The 2 reminders can basically be summed up into 1 big one: PRACTICE. Make sure you practice beforehand privately before you give your message as it will help you become familiar with what exactly you are going to say and how you are going to say it. But also, make sure you don’t assume you know all you will say.  Practice it so you don’t get up on stage or in front of people and forget what you are going to say.

These may seem like no brainers, but that is why it is even more important not to forget them.

What do you think? What have you learned or been reminded of in regards to speaking? Share your thoughts below or on social media using #ymsidekick.

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Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at YMSidekick.com and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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