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French animation by Michel Ocelot is a storytelling masterclass
For Christmas, I received a little gem – the DVD Tales of the Night by celebrated French animator Michel Ocelot. It's based on the very simple device of story within story: a young man, woman and older technician meet in an abandoned cinema and collaborate together to create and act in (or perhaps animate – this is left open) a series of delightful short stories. See why storytelling communicates so well, and recognize the creative process for storytellers down the millenia.
Christian failure to communicate effectively with outsiders
Our biggest failure has been to frequently fail to reach unchurched outsiders. Yet this is possible, if only we would do it appropriately. Sheridan Voysey writes: "A fascinating experiment has been taking place in Australian Christian radio. The result is that between 40-70% of the audience listening to these stations have no connection with church...
Free iPad ebook helps Christian writers to communicate better
Two journalism professors from Christian universities have teamed up to make a short iPad-only book that uses interactive content to help new writers snag a byline. "'A One-Step Guide to a Byline' is designed for new writers who want to know the bare minimum for writing an article for the popular press and it uses roll-over features, an interactive quiz and eight videos to help writers succeed," says Michael Ray Smith, project director and professor from Campbell University in Buies Creek.
The secret structure of great talks - how to communicate or preach better
Nancy Duarte's communication insights in this TED lecture seem vital. Follow her analysis of both Steve Jobs' iPhone launch and Dr King's I Have a Dream speech. These are surely principles that work for advocacy, preaching or evangelism?
Something Happens When You Have to Speak - #6498
You may be in or you might be approaching a pressure situation where you feel inadequate to say what needs to be said. Well, Jesus said here, "Make up your mind not to worry about it." God wants to display His power by giving you words and wisdom that you don't even know you have.
Dad's Army, Captain Mainwaring and why we love the characters
The flags are surely at half-mast in Walmington-on-Sea, the quintessentially-English south-coast town of Dad's Army. Farewell to its co-creator David Croft, who has just died. But what can we learn about effective writing from this show?
Book review: church communication handbook OUTSPOKEN
Outspoken: Conversations on Church Communication is a new book that draws on the wisdom of more than 60 church communication pros. They cover everything from branding and design, to websites and outreach. This is a comprehensive communications resource for church leaders.
Why infographics are so important in communication
Since the Internet has become the source of information and transferred our location of knowledge from paper to digital formats, the infographic has become a form of communication that combines image and word to create a specific way to convey and synthesize knowledge.
Communicate your message effectively so others will own it
Simon Sinek offers a vital insight into effective communication in an 18-minute TED lecture. Why do some people communicate better or achieve more than others? This presentation deserves analysis and discussion by pastors, leadership teams, or mission advocates. It's not about 'selling products', though that is one illustration he uses. It's about communicating ideas from 'inside out', in such a way that people will own them.
Optical illusion helps us understand how to communicate the gospel
We can frequently learn important lessons about life and communication from optical illusions. Here’s one. Which square is darker, A or B?