The power of grounded questions to create change
Grounded questions, says Mark Strom in this short 16-min TED lecture, have the power to release stories, creative thought, and transformation. They are not yes/no questions, or even questions about facts or feelings. Mark’s insights are helpful in any area of life, work, or ministry.
Being heard in a secular world: 21-min video by Sheridan Voysey
Sheridan Voysey is an Australian writer, speaker and broadcaster currently living in Oxford UK. You may have see his recent new book Resurrection Year, which has helped many. Check his blog. Here he is speaking at the November 2013 Christian New Media Conference in London. His insights into appropriate effective evangelism apply across the spectrum.
Communicators who can't communicate: video humor skit
Lessons here – and laughs – for any communicator in any medium.
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.