This deep dive focused on your message presentation and your evaluation of your messages! Lane Jones works with communicators all over the United States and helped write the book, “Communicating For A Change”, with Andy Stanley.
You have to stop thinking about what someone hasn’t ever heard and focus on what they need to hear again!
"Its not the thing we need to hear but the things we need to hear again that make the most impact on our lives”
The Goal of Communication is Life Change! How can you develop content, present that content and give action steps from that content to help people see Jesus more clearly to it changes their life?
"Experience is not the best teacher, evaluated experience is" - Howard Hendricks
"IF you watch yourself preach you will get better or you’ll quit" - Andy Stanley
One basic, easy to implement tip is If you simply just watch or listen to your messages you will at the very least get 50% better. That is easy and everyone can do that right away if you want to.
Lane gave 4 Questions for Evaluating your presentation/message:
Did I Connect?
-Presentation Trumps Information - Content is the medicine - presentation is the instrument to deliver it
-Was I engaging?
-Did I relate to the audience? Have a person in mind as you present & bring the energy!
-if you speak to quickly you’ll lose people
-speaking to slowly will disconnect people more faster than if you are talking to quickly.
Did They Care?
-Adults learn on a need to know basis
-Did I address a felt need in their life?
-Did I apply the tension to as many as possible?
Clarity Questions to develop content:
-What do I want them to know
-Why do they need to know it
-What do I want them to do
-Why do I want them to do it
Was I Clear?
-Don’t raise a tension you’re not ready to answer
-Did I answer the tension?
Can They Change?
-Transformation requires application and recollection
-DId I inspire them to change?
As you develop content, use the word Imagine to help you get where you want to go. Ask "imagine if you would apply what you just talked about, how would your life change? Can you imagine?”
Hope that helps you be a better communicator and gives you some things to think about as you continue to learn and develop that gifting!
Have some thoughts? Comment below to keep the conversation going!
Tomorrow begins an incredible few days or learning, encouragement & dreams that will start to happen inside your little brain! You will have opportunities to meet incredible youth workers from all over the world. You will have the chance to hear from some of the most amazing minds that the youth ministry world has to offer. You will be inspired by people who love to talk about Jesus and encourage you in your faith. You will laugh until your side hurts and, lets be honest, we all need that from time to time. Whether its your first time to NYWC (National Youth Workers Convention), or you are grizzled vet, there are some things you can do to maximize your experience.
1. Take advantage of every conversation - there are so many amazing youth workers that will be all around you this entire weekend! Talk to them. Here are some questions that can get you rolling with a great conversation.
2. Network - Get contact information for everyone you have an incredible conversation with. You can do business cards or there are these new things called cell phones that have places to store new contacts. Continue to reach out throughout the year to people you meet. Networking is only a good thing if you go into that relationship with the mindset of learning and serving!
3. Budget Saver - To save money on food, just watch people who you think will not finish there lunch. Wait till they throw away their food and then dig it out of the trash. This is a way to keep those pesky deacons off your back this holiday season!
4. Calendar Reminder - Set up a reminder in your phone for December 5 to review all your notes from NYWC. Trust me, you will need to let your brain cool off from being challenged and pushed over the next few days. Do yourself a favor and go through everything you wrote down so you can implement some of the ideas!
5. Rest - Take advantage of sleeping in at some point this weekend. This is your chance to recharge, refuel and head home refreshed in a few days. Get some sleep for once!
6. Ask Questions - you are going to be listening to the best of the best, so stay after to ask follow up questions if you have them. It's not every day you get to listen to brilliant minds talk about teenagers and ways to help them meet Jesus, grow in their faith and put their faith in motion!
7. Free Everything - You should walk away from NYWC with at least 11 free Tshirts, a handful of pop sockets and 27 incredible offers to spend all of your youth ministry budget in the blink of an eye. How awesome if that? Go up to the exhibitors and chat with them about what they do, get your free stuff, rinse and repeat! Who knows, maybe one of those conversations will benefit the youth ministry at your church.
Those NYWC should keep you dangerous! (Of course Im stopping at 7)
Have an incredible few days!
This upcoming week I have the opportunity to one of a handful of bloggers to write and cover the National Youth Workers Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida. Blogging will start Thursday Night and continue through Sunday! Stay Tuned and be ready for lots of content, especially if you aren't able to be there in person! Here are the breakouts I will be covering along with all of the large group and special events that will be covered as well!
Panel I am a part of: Multi-Site Student Ministry Gathering
Deep Dives and Breakouts Covered:
Communicating For Change
15 Tech Resources to Make YOU Look Like a Pro
Women in Ministry Panel
Sustainable Youth Ministry
Faith For Exiles: 5 Ways a New Generation is Following Jesus in Digital Babylon
The Secret to Great Small Groups
Big Room Activities
Interviews With some amazing Leaders
Much, Much More!
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But mostly, right here at the Pastor2Youth BLOG!