TED has been known to provide some incredibly helpful information for leaders and innovators. In other words, their content is a gold mine for preachers. But how do you know which talks are the best TedTalks for pastors out of the thousands available? Luckily the organization has whittled down their very best talks on public speaking.
We’ve narrowed the list even further to 7 TedTalks for pastors that will make you a better preacher. Happy sermon prep!
Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen
According to Julian Treasure, “It is not what you say,” it’s also the way you say it. This TedTalk for pastors gives advice for improving the mechanics of your speaking. Doing things like taking a few minutes to warm up your voice can have a profound impact on how your sermons are received.
Chris Anderson: TED’s secret to great public speaking
If “ideas are the most powerful force shaping human culture,” it would stand to reason that the people effectively communicating their ideas would be able to change the world. In this video, the owner of TED, Chris Anderson, shares four guidelines the best TED talks utilize in communicating ideas to the audience.
Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are
When was the last time you evaluated how your posture is affecting your congregation? In this video, Amy Cuddy shares how your posture affects the way people relate to you, and also how you think of yourself. Encouraging thoughts from this video include “fake it till you become it” and “tiny tweaks can lead to big changes.”
Clint Smith: The danger of silence
If you’ve ever been given the cold shoulder by a loved one, you know that silence can speak louder than our words. Especially as pastors, we have a responsibility to address the issues our congregation members are dealing with. This talk, given by a poet and teacher, will inspire you to know your congregation and speak to their needs.
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Source: Church Leaders