I do many classes, sermons, and presentations. I’ve had my share of flops but some are hits.

A few months ago, I made a

report to my church about the medical mission trip a group of us made to Nicaragua. (See previous blog posts for observations.)

Afterwards, the most common comment was “you should have taken a collection.” In 30 years of preaching, no one ever begs to have mo

ney collected!

What “banged the drum” for that presentation? I spoke from the heart about what I had experienced.

Too many times, I hear speakers talk about what someone has taught them. Preachers tell me what commentators say. Teachers give me opinions. Few take me by the hand and say, “let see how it lives out.”

How do you “talk what you know about”?

Deliberately live what you study. Sometimes preachers talk about forgiveness but don’t forgive. Find what to do, not think and go do it.
Observe what happens. Reflection time is a dying art. We are too “online,” too “connected,” and too distracted by dings, beeps, and buzzes. Shut things off and take in what is happening. What are your struggles? Your successes? Your failures? Your learnings?
Think it through. I outline my thoughts. I want to package ideas so that people can grasp them both intellectually and emotionally. It’s the process of cutting up a juicy ribeye steak so each piece can be savored. People can only get the message on morsel at a time.

Fledgling writers are advised to “write something you know.” The same advice goes for communicators. Don’t say anything until you have lived it.