In this booklet pastor Adam Hamilton shares 19 tips for public speakers, novices as well as experienced people. While it may take 10,000 hours to master certain skills, public speaking or presenting is an area in which you learn every day. Speaking Well: Essential Skills for Speakers, Leaders, and Preachers contains valuable practices for three point messages, clothing, technology as well as preparation time and getting the answers for the why, who, and what questions. Humor, the power of illustrations, and body language, alongside personal language and the chances to reach the hearts and minds of your audience.
The book is intended for a broad audience of speakers, and in the main part Hamilton doesn’t focus on things like biblical exegesis and other forms of research in preparation for your next sermon or Bible study. The last chapter however is reserved for a list of external resources, commentaries and study Bibles the author endorses.
About the author
Adam Hamilton is the senior pastor of the 20,000 member United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. It is the largest United Methodist congregation in the United States, measured by both weekend attendance and membership. Average weekly attendance for all campuses was 10,274 people for 2012. Rev. Hamilton has received numerous awards, including two honorary doctorates, the B’nai B’rith award in Social Ethics, the Denman Award in Evangelism, and the Circuit Rider Award for excellence in church leadership. He was named one of the “Ten People to Watch in America’s Spiritual Landscape” by Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church by the Foundation for Evangelism. He is a Trustee at Saint Paul School of Theology and as a member of the Kansas East Board of Professional Ministry. He lectures on leadership, evangelism, and preaching across the country.
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