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Prof. Brian Sturm explains how storytelling actually works
Choose your comfiest chair, make yourself a tasty coffee (or other beverage as preferred) and settle down for a 45-minute journey with Professor Brian Sturm to learn more about story. Sturm presents storytelling as a way of organizing information, conveying emotions, and building community. A model of storytelling as altered state of consciousness (the story trance) is presented that includes 16 portals to altered states.
Storytelling and humor: Christian books and free resources
Many people still seem to feel that storytelling and humor are, if even used at all, minor elements to bolt onto the beginning or end of the 'real' message we are trying to communicate. In reality, these should be integral to all communication, embedded and inseparable. This applies equally whether it is evangelism, teaching, or advocating a nonprofit or ministry.
Storytelling is at the heart of all effective communication.
When someone says, "Let me tell you a little story," it switches something on in our brains. Because we are hard-wired for story. If you preach, lecture, teach, or write without using stories, you are likely reducing the understandability of your message by a factor of 10, and its memorability by a factor of 20.
Readability for writers - how to test your writing
Communication only happens when the recipient understands the message clearly. Daily Writing Tips encourages all writers to put their copy through a readability tester. This provides a Flesch-Kincaid Grade level and a Reading Ease score. Readers Digest built its huge readership with a style that specifies an English level of the average 13-year-old. They also wisely communicate everything with storytelling. You may perhaps recall personalized non-fiction such as 'I am John's heart'. Wesley would run all his sermons past his maidservant, and simplify the stuff she did not understand.
Creative ideas for blogging, writing or speaking [infographic]
If you are a blogger, writer, speaker or storyteller, you may sometimes get stuck for ideas and inspiration. Copyblogger’s infographic could help you...
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?
Spurgeon and sermons - why was C H Spurgeon so effective in preaching the Christian gospel?
List the most significant Christian preachers and leaders in the English-speaking world of the 19th century, and Charles Haddon Spurgeon will probably be near the top. Before his death in 1892, he had published more than twenty-five hundred sermons and forty-nine volumes of commentaries, sayings, anecdotes, illustrations, and devotions. Spurgeon often worked 18 hours a day.
Spurgeon's Humor. Wit, jokes and humor in preaching ministry of Spurgeon
Some years ago there was a documented case in the British Medical Journal about a man who laughed himself well. He actually had a terminal illness, and through the employment of laughter therapy, he allowed his body to successfully fight the disease. While we may grudgingly acknowledge the merit of such a case, for the most part, we find such an incident almost incredible. Can laughter really be that good for us? The Bible definitely supports such a notion.
Message in the Bible - a Christian perspective
Paul writes that he didn't use lofty words and persuasive speech in his message and preaching, but rather depended on the Holy Spirit's power. He did this so that the message he preached wasn't tainted by man's wisdom.
Preaching - a Christian perspective
As Jesus traveled around through all the towns and villages, he stopped at the synagogues to preach the good news. He was constantly preaching about the kingdom and healing people of their ailments.