The topic I’ve been asked to cover is “faith.” But my challenge isn’t talking about faith. My challenge is, how can I share something with you about faith that you haven’t already heard a hundred times? So, let me talk about something you haven’t heard much about over this pulpit– baseball.
And then he shares rules, anecdotes and scriptures while talking about baseball, when he’s really talking about faith, and it’s clear he’s talking about faith.
I don’t know, that probably wasn’t a good example. But the idea of framing a topic within a how-to lesson… That would certainly inspire me for the next time I had to give a talk.]]>
Thanks for citing that post, Rusty. It made some very legitimate points.]]>
Susan m. I completely agree. But I usually agree with you.]]>
An adult could give the talk but they would need to have a focus on the younger crowd.
What I see now is people often have a comment or two directed at the young men/young women. But, really having a complete talk focused on the younger set, including primary could be valuable.]]>
In my ward, our sacrament meeting is probably 50% youth and primary age kids. And, we provide very little that focuses on them.
It would be very interesting to have at least one talk that was focused on them . . by design. It might be interesting to have a primary child give a primary talk — with visual aids. Or, a youth speaker who talks to their peers (ours are just given a regular adult-oriented topic).]]>
For me, there’s really only one thing people need to know to give good talks: make it personal.]]>
We were given our topics at the beginning of the year. This allowed us to begin preparation well ahead of time. I hate being asked after Sacrament Meeting if I would speak the next week. I understand that there are emergencies, but this is SOP in our ward now.
I would memorize at least the first 5 to 10 minutes so that I could look at the congregation. I also emmorized the closing. I used the teenagers as a gauge of my speaking. If they got bored, I needed to punch it up. They are the canary in the coal mine.]]>