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For all leaders and preachers

First published on this website in July 2008 and last updated in July 2020

Words: 4400
Size: 220 kB
Categories: Communication , Leadership


This article focuses on how to be a public speaker who enables an audience to become enthusiastic listeners. It is not about preaching itself, but about the technique of putting a message across and so of very specific relevance to all preachers.

1: Connection
Am I connecting with my audience in different but effective ways?

  • Be clear about the message
  • Know your audience
  • Use appropriate support
  • Define the desired response

2: Structure
Is my structure clear so that people can follow me?

  • Group and break your words
  • Keep the whole in view

3: Colour
Am I appropriately colourful in the way I come across?

  • Colour with your body
  • Colour in other ways

4: Distraction
Am I minimising any distractions that might get in the way?

  • Four sources
  • Learn from others


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Author's notes

This article has been updated in July 2020 with some minor amendments.