Try to present the same point in a variety of ways. You want the truth you are sharing to become part of the thinking and action of the people. In order to accomplish this, the mind needs an adequate exposure of truth and must be convinced.
E. SIMPLE TIPS FOR PREACHERS
- Be Yourself!
Don’t try to project some image that is insincere. Being yourself is the only way to be completely relaxed. If you try to imitate some other preacher, this will be communicated to your audience. They will sense the artificiality of your preaching. Be the very best that you can be, but always be natural and be yourself.
- Forget Yourself!
Self-consciousness can be a real hindrance in public speaking. It may produce hesitancy and uncertainty.
Chronic self-consciousness can even make a person “tongue-tied.” It can severely restrict your flow of speech. Your actions and demeanor will also be restricted. You should prepare yourself as thoroughly as possible in every necessary way.
- Let your study of the subject be adequate.
- Let your notes be comprehensive and clear.
- Be “prayed up” and filled with the Spirit.
- Be filled with the word of truth you intend to share.
Pay attention to every area of preparation you are aware of; but when you stand to speak, forget about yourself. Be completely absorbed in what you have to share. Be aware of your audience rather than of yourself.
You are a channel for God’s Word to flow through. Just seek to be utterly yielded to Him, aware only of God and the people to whom you are speaking on His behalf.
- Don’t Develop A ‘Religious Voice’ When You Are Preaching
Some preachers do this, and it is most disconcerting. Their pulpit voice is so different from their normal one.
This conveys a sense of insincerity. It is almost as though this person is “acting out a part.” It also sets him apart from his congregation; they tend to see him as a different breed or species.
It almost seems as though he belongs to a different world than they. This makes it difficult for them to identify with him.
Practice preaching in a normal voice – the same voice, accent and tone that you use every day in the normal communications of life. This conveys a sense of reality and sincerity.
- Do Not Speak Too Softly
Make sure that everyone in your audience can hear you clearly. Don’t make them strain to hear your every word. If necessary, ask the crowd; “Can everybody hear me clearly?” It is pointless to proceed with your message if part of your audience cannot hear well enough to follow you. This would be wasting your time and theirs.
- Do Not Shout
Endeavor to speak with a normal conversational tone and volume, which may have to be increased somewhat according to the size of the crowd and whether or not you have the use of an amplifying system.
- Remember To Vary The Speed And Pitch Of Your Delivery To Avoid Monotony
- Get The Audience To Accept You
Win their confidence. If they do not accept you, they probably will not accept your message either!
- Dress Appropriately
Your appearance should never detract from your ability to communicate with you r audience. Ideally, you should dress rather modestly, in a manner which is not likely to offend anyone.