This past spring I had the opportunity to teach a preaching class for the undergrad religion department at Andrews University. As I saw different students delivering their sermons, I wrote down lessons that I wanted to review with them later.
The following are the biggest lessons I shared with those students. By the way, you may not be a pastor, but these lessons apply equally to anyone doing a public presentation.
1. Be Ruthlessly Clear With Your Main Idea
I’ve written several different posts related to preaching. Here are three of them: first, second, and third, and one of the themes I constantly circle back to is that of clarity in a message. This post about TED talks mentions clarity as one of the 7 Steps To Delivering a Mind Blowing Ted Talk.
From that article: “Can listeners repeat your big idea word for word? If they can, they’ll become your advocates. If they can’t, your big idea will be in one ear, out the other.”