Want to give an effective talk? A national magazine for executives recommends the following, easy-to-remember formula:
▪ A—Attention. Make a simple statement of your subject that shows your audience how they will benefit by listening. Keep it short and to the point.
▪ I—Interest. Ask questions. Promise the listener that he will gain personally by listening.
▪ D—Desire. Arrange your points so that the listener is compelled to follow you. Sum up each idea as you go along and show its connection to the next one.
▪ A—Action. This is the summary. It should be a short, simple, positive, closing statement about what you want your audience to believe or do.
The “how” of giving a speech is important, but so is the “what.” Ground yourself in gospel values so that you will have something worthwhile to say when the opportunity arises.
I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right. (Proverbs 8:6)
Give me the courage and skills to speak up, Father.