H. Thread your opening illustration through the whole talk
I. Plan to spend 10 to 20 xs longer in preparation than you actually speak. The longer you have been speaking, the less time it will take on the talk, but the same amount for your heart.
J. Practice in the car while driving. Practice in front of mirror, practice with a friend. Especially take note of your conclusion and transition sentences. Memorize them cold!
K. Make sure you have an application. Give them something to take home they can apply to their lives Leave them with a question so they need to respond. “When you lay your head on your pillow tonight….”
Keep a folder of old talks.
Know whom you are speaking to, the furthest out kid at the high school. Put the cookies on the bottom shelf.
Use 1 good illustration instead of 2 to 3 mediocre ones.
You can’t say everything so what you say, say clearly and concisely.
III Delivering You Talk
“You will only succumb to stress if you are ill prepared” Lou Holtz
Prepare the room and bible for the talk. Remove potential distractions.
Make the scripture come alive-don’t deliver a talk.
Lowering your voice can be more effective than raising it.
Don’t apologize for telling them the truth.
Remember to say it like the bible says it, and like you really believe it. Avoid saying stuff you don’t really believe, or that mis-communicates truth. ) ie,”All you got to do is believe” or “He’ll always be there for you” Think hard about the content of your message.
Be prepared and you will be relaxed.
Essentials in the Young Life talk sequence. What we have to say in each talk.
God/ Intro Talk We have a grand designer the God of the bible. Jesus is God
Person of Christ He is fully God and fully man ( Knowable, powerful, personal)
Need/Sin We live in a broken world caused by sin. We stand separated from Jesus in need of a rescue.
The Cross What God did, without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness? Hebrews 9:22
Appropriation What does it mean to walk with Christ?