Many of you are speakers, so thought you might enjoy this Wired How To on the subject of rocking the podium. Here’s a clip:
7. Don’t rely on the event’s A/V setup, either. To play an audio clip, try holding your mike up to your laptop’s speaker.
8. Use your Q&A time wisely. Field the big-picture queries while you’re onstage and deal with the minutiae offline.
9. ENUNCIATE. I cannot stress that enough.
10. Visualize your voice. Imagine your voice is a laser and try to project it strongly to the opposite wall.
Just finished up Seth Godin’s Purple Cow – a book centered around one word: remarkable.
You see cows. Lots of cows. And after a while, cows just fade into the background. That is, until you see a purple one. It gets your attention, you want to see it up close, touch it, see what happens when you poke it. And you can’t wait to tell your friends about it.
The book is fantastic, really a quick read that could have lasting implications to your business. Some of it translates well to the church setting, but not as much as some of his other works. Is your service remarkable? What are you communicating to the early adopters, and are they sneezing? Once you have a Purple Cow, what can you do to develop another one before you become one of the crowd.
If you aren’t working on something remarkable, drop everything and head that direction now. Good stuff! A-
The latest Who Are These Guys podcast is now up – Tony and I tackle 4 Keys in Connecting to Your Local School. Some potential ideas to use in your youth ministry setting.
A funny thing happened at church yesterday.
My wife has been bringing her friend with her to church for the past couple of weeks. As we launch into the 10×10 vision, we’re committed to doing our part as God directs. Part of the way we’re reaching out is asking an unchurched friend and her son to visit church. And last week, she accepted Christ!
She was so excited to see my wife this week in church they began talking excitedly together. They were buzzing back and forth during the first song and well into the second. There was talk of Jesus love, baptism and even a few tears. It was a powerful moment – I was moved sitting just down from them seeing a life so dramatically and instantly changed.
But I could tell the woman in front of us was going to blow a gasket.
She looked back once or twice with “those eyes.” She looked at her husband a minute later and rolled her eyes. She shrugged to her friends. She even kind of scowled back once, I think trying to use ESP to tell the ‘bubblygirls’ behind her to be quiet. Finally, near the end of the second song, she just had to say something.
“I’m sorry, but can you guys talk to each other later? I’m trying to worship.”
During her “worship” she missed the most beautiful expression of worship ever. Angels were dancing in Heaven and she was ticked on earth.
Now, in her defense, my wife’s friend IS loud. She does get a bit excited and I’m sure it was distracting. She doesn’t know the “rules” of church and even stopped the offering plate later in the service for an extra 4 minutes to write her check. But isn’t that all OK?
Sometimes I like Christians more before they know how to act like Christians.
Why am I so worked up about this? Because I’ve done it before. As my wife and I talked about it after our post-baptism-celebration lunch, she admitted to doing it, too. Busting someone without knowing the whole story. Getting frustrated without knowing the other half. In fact, I now realize I’m doing that to this lady in front of us, right? Is it possible that this was her last Sunday to live and she is living knowing she’s terminally ill? Is it possible she brought her jaded son and daughter-in-law to church for the first time after years of trying – and some jerk behind them is being loud and distracting?
Hmm … not sure where I’m going with this, other than to say maybe we should loosen up a bit in church. Maybe we should empathize with each other a bit more. And maybe our first reaction to a disruption in the service is that God is up to something, instead of someone being distracting.
Here’s a fun old school student ministry video from 2001 … this intro’d the 30 Days of Love series on purity we were doing at the time.