Project Management Source has created a list of 27 tips to help you improve your public speaking. Here are 10 that can help you preach better:
1. Know your audience.
“Prepare [a sermon] that is understood and appreciated by those listening.”
4. Personalize your sermon.
“Most people will relate and respond better to your [sermon] when you combine the facts with a collection of interesting tales and examples.”
6. Stick to time limits.
“If you find yourself running late, know beforehand what you can afford to omit. In case you run short, be prepared with additional material that goes with the flow of your [sermon].”
9. Make a strong start.
“Start off on the right foot with your very first words and you’ll find that it’s easy to hold on to your audience’s attention for the rest of the [sermon].”
10. Watch your body language.
“It’s what you don’t say that tells the most about you.”
11. Maintain eye contact.
“Look at your audience, not through or beyond them when you talk.”
12. Pace yourself.
“Speak slowly and steadily so that you are understood.”
20. A few moments of silence are not a crime.
“You don’t have to fill every second with words. It’s acceptable to pause and gather your thoughts or sip water before you resume speaking.”
22. Work on your tone and delivery.
“Know when to raise and lower your tone as well as which words to stress. Your energy is infectious and your audience will react to it. Use the tone of your voice to grab their attention and hold it.”
25. Finish well.
“A perfect finish should not be abrupt or leave the audience wondering if there’s more to come.”