30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 23

Develop Public Speaking Skills

They say that public speaking is the number one fear among people, beating out even fear of death. At the same day, public speaking is a very important skill for apologists. While much can be done on the internet, the ability to speak in public can be quite helpful.

What if you are an introvert? I am an extreme introvert and yet I can speak in public for both teaching and preaching. Being an extrovert or an introvert is not about what you can do, it is about how you recharge after. After I preach, give me a nap and some time with a book and I am good.

How do you develop this skill? There are programs and classes that you can take. But really the best way to improve is practice. Take every opportunity you can get, even if it is just saying grace in front of a crowd. Try to get a chance to preach at your church or a small church looking for pulpit supply. Offer to lead workshops or seminars on different subjects. It does not have to be apologetics-related. Even if you teach a class on digital photography, you will be developing the skills to eventually make an apologetics presentation.

One of the best things that I have done to develop my speaking is to record my sermons or lessons and then listen to them after. Not only do I listen, I go through and edit out all the “umms” and “ahs” out of them. After you have done that a few times, you will be thinking about it during your message and replace them with silence.

My challenge for you is to seek out opportunities to speak in public. It may be in church or another context. The point is to get as much experience as possible.

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