Speaking Well: Essential Skills For Speakers, Leaders, and Preachers
The thought of speaking in public strikes fear in the hearts of many. And yet we are often called upon to speak, teach, preach or make presentations in our work and personal lives. Adam Hamilton knows a thing or two...
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The thought of speaking in public strikes fear in the hearts of many. And yet we are often called upon to speak, teach, preach or make presentations in our work and personal lives. Adam Hamilton knows a thing or two about what it takes to be an effective speaker; he's delivered nearly 6,000 sermons, speeches and lectures and is an acclaimed presenter around the globe. In Speaking Well, he offers powerful principles that can significantly improve the reader's effectiveness as a speaker in any setting. These principles are shared in succinct, easy-to-digest chapters that include examples and real life illustrations, helping the reader to immediately build skill and confidence. The topics covered include: Clarity of Purpose as a Speaker
Understanding Your Audience
Understanding Your Authority
Doing Your Homework
Crowd-Sourcing for Planning and Preparation
Creating Good Structure and Flow
The Power of Passion and Conviction
Speaking to the Three H's
How to Choose and Use Inspiring Illustrations
Speaking on Touchy Subjects
Knowing What to Leave Out
Naming the "So What?"
Incarnating the Message
Adam Hamilton is pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamilton's congregation the most influential mainline church in the country, and PBS's Religion and Ethics Newsweekly identified him as one of the top "Ten People to Watch." Hamilton is the author of Confronting the Controversies, Making Love Last a Lifetime, Unleashing the Word, Leading Beyond the Walls, Selling Swimsuits in the Arctic, and Christianity and World Religions, all by Abingdon Press.