I’m watching the online conference Preach Better Sermons today and wanted to share some of the learnings I picked up. One of the speakers is Jon Acuff. Jon is the author of four books including The Wall Street Journal bestseller, Quitter. Acuff is also the author of the popular blog, Stuff Christians Like.net, which has more than 4.5 million readers worldwide. Jon’s latest book, Start, releases April 22, 2013. In it, Jon challenges and equips readers to get off the path to average and back onto the path to awesome.
Here are some things that jumped out from his segment:
- You speak to be remembered or repeated.
- The brain looks for ways to connect things they hear.
- Know the challenges, thoughts, concerns of your audience.
- Most speakers don’t connect our ideas in our talks.
- One of the greatest fears communicators have is being honest and share their recent failures.
- The greatest way to ruin a speech is ego.
- Share your fears. Speakers should go first, which gives the audience the permission and privilege of going second.
- If I hide my weakness, they won’t see my strength.
- God is not handcuffed by our weaknesses or moved forward by our strengths.
- To communicate something, you have to say something more than you think you do.
His emphasis on transitions and helping people stay with you was incredibly helpful.