Topic Selection - usually provided by the Bishop or his counselors
Local: Look for topics in your own world. The best inspiration is that which surrounds you.
Personal: Look for topics that are meaningful to your audience.
Vibrant: Look for ideas that can be explained in a vibrant and emotional way.
Persuasive speeches have an opening, a few supporting points and a closing.
Inspirational speeches have an emotional theme: Use a few emotional arguments that build in strength and close with a strong emotional comment.
The difference between a statement and an emotional argument
Statement: "Everyone in this room could donate a pint of blood."
Emotional argument: "If all of us in this room each donated a pint of blood, we could save 20 lives!"
Take your delivery up a notch, or more using these techniques:
- Make strong eye contact
- Use personal stories
- Use picture and story words
- Use pauses: A well-timed pause underlines the statements.
If at all possible, state your first point in a way to elicit nods from the audience. You are speaking to the head and the heart; it's always good to get both on your side!
Better speaking is a skill that not only benefits your church, but also all those with whom you associate.