Speaking to Teenagers : How to Think about, Create, and Deliver Effective Messages

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/1/2007
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Christian Pub

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Get ready for a crash course in effective communication. More than just a book on how to ¦do talks,¦ Speaking to Teenagers combines the experience and wisdom of two veteran youth ministry speakers, along with insightful research and practical tools, to help you develop messages that engage students with the love of Christ and the power of his Word.Whether you¦re crafting a five-minute devotional or a 30-minute sermon, Speaking to Teenagers is essential to understanding and preparing great messages.Together, Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins show you how they craft their own messages and give you the tools to do it yourself. They¦ll guide you, step-by-step, through the process of preparing and delivering meaningful messages that effectively communicate to your students.Fields and Robbins walk you through three dimensions of a messageÏthe speaker, the listener, and the message itselfÏand introduce you to the concept and principles of inductive communication. You¦ll also get helpful tips on finding illustrations for your talk and using them for maximum impact, as well as insights on reading your audience and effective body language.As Speaking to Teenagers guides you toward becoming a more effective communicator, you¦ll find that this book¦s practical principles will positively impact the way you view, treat, and communicate to teenagers.

Author Biography

Doug Fields is pastor to students at Saddleback Church in Southern California

Table of Contents

Cheering You Onp. 10
How to Think about Effective Messages
"The Stakes Have Never Been Higher"p. 14
Building Bridges That Connectp. 24
God: The Bridge-Builderp. 32
Who You Are Speaks Louder Than What You Sayp. 44
Listening to the Audiencep. 62
A Good Message Starts with Thoughtful Planning and Careful Preparationp. 80
Gathering Material to Make Your Prep Easierp. 94
How to Create Messages That S.T.I.C.K.
Study: Improve Your Content and Increase Your Confidencep. 106
Think: Take Time to Reflect on Your Audience and Contentp. 122
Illustrate: Add a Little Color to Your Messagesp. 132
Construct: Organize and Pull It All Togetherp. 158
Keep Focused: Crafting for Clarityp. 184
How to Deliver Effective Messages
Prep for Delivery: Making the Space Work for Youp. 198
The Wonder of Delivery: Speaking to Birth New Lifep. 212
The Wonder of Delivery: Announcing New Lifep. 226
Epilogue: God Doesn't Need Flawless Communicators...Just Faithful Onesp. 236
End Notesp. 239
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