I hope your fears and anxieties were put to rest on last night’s conference call—and your excitement was fueled! It did sound like Miss America as you introduced yourself and told where you were from. I Loved it! It reminded me of the company we kept this year. We hosted a Japanese exchange student that made friends with other exchange students in her organization and at school. From time to time, our home was full of students from various countries around the world! It often felt like we were the UN! I loved every minute of it.
Well… remember Moses. He didn’t think he was a very good spokesperson, but God had a different perspective. He knew all Moses needed was someone to help him. Who better to do that than the Person who made his mouth! (I wonder if God ever regrets making my mouth??) Perhaps, but when I trust in His promise… “I will be with you”… my confidence soars. I know with God I cannot fail and neither can you! There’s an old saying that confirms this truth. “What God calls you to He sees you through.”
As promised, here are my notes on how to prepare a talk from last night’s call. If you need information about classification, timed talks or the evaluation process, click here: Speaker’s Track
How do I prepare my talks? In two simple steps!
Determine your main idea.
Once you have that, you build everything else around it. This is called prep time or brainstorming. Ask yourself…
- What does the bible say about this
- Who in scripture has faced this situation
- What did they do or didn’t do about it
- What did they learn or didn’t learn
Develop Your Outline: The 5-section method:
1. Me/Introduction: Open my talk by sharing a story or struggle about submission. I might say, “I struggle in my marriage with submission.” And proceed to share my story.
2. You/Identification: Here is where I identify with the audience by saying something like: “I bet you struggle with submission in your marriage too.” (Build a case… women’s movement, cartoons down play the man’s role in the family.)
- You want to stay in this section until you build enough tension that your audience has to know the solution. (When women compete with their husbands, a man will either leave or fight for control.)
3. God/Illumination: Here is where we turn to God’s Word for insight. I might say, “God must have known we would struggle in this area because His Word has a lot to say about submission.”
4. You/Application: Here is where you use your application and tell/show your audience how to apply the information to their lives. Give them something they can go home and do.
5. We/Inspiration: In the last section, you rejoin the audience by sharing a story, illustration or an example of what their life would look like if they make the necessary adjustments according to God’s Word.
Remember to practice your talk with a friend and make sure she times you! Happy writing! See you soon!
Oh! FYI… Begining in July, I will spotlight a member of our P31 team each day of the week. If you would like to read about how they got started in ministry, I invited you to stop by! Bring a friend with you!