Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome! Here's What We'll Cover in This Course

    • So you feel called to speak!

    • Listen In: Avoid My Early Mistakes!

  • 2

    Module 1: Discovering the Story God Put Inside of You

    • Debunking the Speaking Myth: What is the Role of a Speaker?

    • Watch: Why speaking and teaching are different

    • Avoiding a Common Early Mistake: Focus on the Heart, Not on Expertise

    • Watch: Why Telling Your Story Matters

    • Listen: Why We Speak--and how we connect with people!

    • What Is Your Story?

    • Listen: Know Your Story

    • Worksheet: Fleshing Out My Story

  • 3

    Module 2: Craft Your Signature Talk

    • Who Will You Speak To? Defining Your Niche

    • Listen: Know Your Niche!

    • Worksheet: Discovering My Niche

    • Planning My Signature Talk Topic

    • Worksheet: Plan My Topic--for My Niche!

    • Our Talk Skeleton

    • Part 1: Comfort

    • Part 2: Discomfort

    • Part 3: Authority

    • Part 4: Relate

    • Part 5: Convict

    • Part 6: Inspire

    • Listen: Example of an Inspire Section

    • Listen: 2 Different Options for Ending Your Talk

    • Ending Option 1: The Personal Prayer Model

    • Ending Option 2: Group Discussions

    • Sample: Discussion Questions Handout

    • Listen: What if your audience isn't Christian?

    • Worksheet: Skeleton for Crafting My Signature Talk

  • 4

    Module 3: Get Your Ducks in a Row Before You Begin Speaking

    • Listen: Why Word of Mouth Matters

    • Preparing for Growth Before You Start

    • Get Your Website Up and Running

    • Listen: Set up a Website (with video!)

    • Checklist: Launching a Professional Website

    • Listen: If I Have a Blog, Do I Need a Speaking Website, Too?

    • Print Some Business Cards

    • Checklist: Business Cards

    • Launch a Newsletter

    • Listen: Set up a Newsletter (with video!)

    • Get Ready to Record Yourself

  • 5

    Module 4: Generate Those First Speaking Leads

    • Listen: Where Do You Find Groups Who May Want You to Speak?

    • Find Your First Places to Speak

    • Listen: Consider Smaller Groups Your Period of Training

    • How to Ask Your Friends for Help

  • 6

    Module 5: The Nitty Gritty of Speaking Well

    • Get Good!

    • How to Wow People Right from the Start!

    • Beware of Filler Words

    • Be Mindful of Your Appearance

    • Listen: Where Can You Find Anecdotes?

    • Listen: Example of Finding an Anecdote from Real Life

    • Practice Your Delivery

    • Listen: Practice Delivering Your Anecdotes

  • 7

    Module 6: The Nitty Gritty of Making an Event Awesome

    • Put Organizers At Ease

    • Get Comfortable with the Equipment

    • Prepare an Introduction--and Bring it with You!

    • Worksheet: Writing My Introduction

    • Set the Right Tone from the Beginning

    • Sheila's Tip to Make Yourself Less Nervous

    • Pitfalls to Avoid After a Talk

  • 8

    Module 7: Working with Speaking Aids

    • How to Use PowerPoint to Your Advantage

    • Sample PowerPoint: Preventing Drift in Marriage

    • How to Create a Handout That Rocks

    • How to Use Props to Enhance Your Talk, Not Detract from It

  • 9

    Module 8: Making the Most of an Engagement to Generate More Bookings

    • Collect Email Addresses to Add to Your Newsletter List

    • Listen: Collect Email Addresses to Stay in Touch!

    • Sample: Signup Ballots

    • Use Evaluation Forms to Your Advantage

    • Sample: Evaluation Form

    • Capture Some Testimonials

    • Record Video

  • 10

    Module 9: Creating Professional Materials

    • Moving to the Next Level

    • Listen: How to Know When to Start Charging

    • Should I Charge for Speaking? (Hint: The Answer's Yes!)

    • Listen: How to Figure out How Much to Charge

    • Creating a Fee Schedule

    • Sample: Fee Schedule

    • Communicating Your Fee

    • Sample: Speaking Contract

    • Sample: Letter of Understanding

    • Listen: Creating Professional Materials

    • Printing a "One-Sheet"

    • Sample: One Sheet

  • 11

    Module 10: Creating Speaking Demos to Sell or to Use to Promote Yourself

    • Listen: Record Yourself Every Time You Speak!

    • It's Time to Use all Those Recordings!

    • How to Edit Your Audio

    • How to Edit Your Video

    • Creating Clips as Promos for Your Ministry

    • Final Thoughts