One Big Thing: How To Get Your Message Heard

When you speak before a group, preach a sermon, or make a presentation in the office, there’s one mistake people make over and over:  too much information. They try to cover too many points, and as a result, the presentation simply bogs down in useless detail. One important principle in speaking or presenting is unity. As the title of one of my books suggests,

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Public Speakers, Preachers and Politicians: It’s Time to Stop Reading Your Speeches

With the possible exception of TV news anchors or others who have to relay vast amounts of unfamiliar material, I say down with TelePrompters, and most of all down with reading speeches. For whatever reason, I’m finding more and more academics, preachers, public speakers – and yes, a former President of the United States – becoming totally addicted to reading speeches. Speaking on behalf of the audience, I can tell you that

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Five Commandments for Becoming a Media Savvy Pastor

One of the great things I get to do in my career is work with pastors and leaders who are remarkably savvy when it comes to using media to share their story. Jack Graham from PowerPoint Media Ministries is a great example. As a result, today his programs are sharing the gospel throughout the world and reaching millions of people. In most cases, leaders like Jack are experienced, committed visionaries who understand the value and the power of the media. But I also have the opportunity to spend time with less experienced pastors and ministry leaders who feel just as called to use media in a meaningful way, but have serious questions like: 

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