Gospel of Jesus Christ: Session 8

Hey, welcome Mike Koplitz back here with you. This is session number eight. That means you have one more video worksheet to do and then number 10 or session 10 is a Skype session. Well, we are going to look at a couple of things. First we’re going to look at how do you deal with nervousness because it doesn’t matter how long you been preaching in front of a congregation. And you know, I’ve been doing this for just Well, 19 years going on 20 here pretty soon. still get nervous. And you should be nervous because you’re going to let me take a step back. You’re not you shouldn’t be nervous because you’re standing in front of a lot of people, which I’m sure some of you are. And I used to be that way, but I got over it. Not easily but I got over it. You should being nervous because you are going to be interpreting and delivering God’s word. That’s a pretty awesome task. And that’s why it needs to be done seriously. It needs to be done with research. It really does. It doesn’t matter. And the day you stop getting nervous about preaching God’s Word to people and ensuring that you’re getting it right is probably the day you want to stop doing it. That’s pretty important to remember. But nervous, this can be controlled and really what you need to do is to turn that nervous energy into positive energy. That can be a little difficult that’s going to take some some time and practice. But you can do that. And there’s lots of forms of this you know, you want to be careful about Wow, one store let me say it this way, one form of neurosis I’ve seen happen. If people sweat through their clothes, and I don’t mean because they’re just going crazy up front, I mean because they’re just nervous. And there are ways of preventing that. What I would suggest, in nervousness is to, again, try to turn it into internal strength, but you’re gonna really have to figure that out. But you’re always going to have a little bit of it. You got to get over being in front of people, you know, the worst thing that happens, make a mistake. What really helped me get over being nervous in front of people was I started doing children’s close up magic shows back in the in the 80s. And into a small part of the 90s, mainly in the 80s. And if you can handle a bunch of eight year olds, with one little kid telling you, I know how it works. You could probably get over it. thing, you got to learn to be quick on your feet. As you learn more about God’s word as you put more knowledge appear in your head, the easier this gets, the easier this becomes, believe it or not, because you can start thinking on your feet. Now of course, if you have a transcript and you’re going through the transcript, hey, it’s right there in front of you should be should be a piece of cake. And if you make a mistake, you trip yourself up, okay? But don’t make a big deal about it. Don’t take lots of notes. Notice to make a mistake, you make a mistake, you move on. Maybe it’s something you can talk about, that’s fine. Don’t make a big deal out of it. Don’t worry about it. Now, practice, you really should practice. Honestly, my best practice is when I’m in the car and no one’s around. And I actually can practice again, remember, I’m using outlines, I’m not using transcripts. And most of the time the outline ends up great ingrained in my brain anyway. If you’re using transcript, again, that’s fine. Practice with it, read it over a few times, I would print it out at least one and a half spacing, I would go with an Arial, 14 point. So it’s nice and large. So that’s easy to see. Because the worst thing that happens is you can’t read it. It’s too small, it’s too far away. Or you’re gonna have some distance between you and the podium, depending on how tall you are. It is easier to go with one and a half spacing Arial 14 might go larger, even bolded. If you have to, excuse me, video yourself, and you’re saying how can I video myself actually, it’s easy nowadays, because hey, I’m working with four cameras and their own webcams. You have, if you have an iPhone, if you have a tablet, especially PC, you can videotape yourself. It’s not that tough to do, and then see what it is you’re doing and how you’re doing it. That’s probably the best thing to do. Then you can see if you’re doing funny things, I ended up I’ll tell you a story. I ended up buying suspenders. Because I’m one of those guys. I don’t like my clothes too tight. But pants tend to slip a little bit. And I noticed when I videoed myself that hey, every so often, I was grabbing on the side of the old robe and pulling the pants up. I hated that. That looked terrible. But if I had not watched myself in a video, I never would have seen it. So what did I do? I went out and bought suspenders. I bought the the western kind that clip to the belt hook and then I don’t worry about it. So if my pants failed They’re slipping. I know they’re only going to go so far, because the suspender is going to catch them. So, videotape yourself. illustrations. Personal illustrations are very nice as as you’re preaching to the same group over time, they actually can be grateful to know something about your self. And that’s good. But there’s a minus. If you start bringing in family members, and especially kids, which I have done, that also can backfire in your face. If the kid is in the congregation, or find out later that you said, Hey, when, when so and so was a kid, you should have seen what she did. You have to be really careful about the illustrations. Your life is full of illustrations. There are illustration books. The problem is, I can tell when someone is using an illustration from a book, because it doesn’t come out. Like conversation, it comes out. Very. How do I say this like it’s being read. If you’re going to use an illustration, you have to figure out how to almost make it your experience even though you might not have had that experience. So that it looks like it’s you speaking, and not just reading something out of a book. There’s lots of illustrations. This is the internet age, you’re gonna find illustrations. Oh, well, he they’re all over the place. dictation software I’ve mentioned, because if you’re going this is suggestion. If you’re going to use a transcript, I suggest dictation software. iPad I think comes with an Android. I use Dragon 15 Dragon Naturally actually using dragon Dragon preferred 15 I just put it on a Lenovo Yoga 2.4 I seven Gen six runs like a champ. And what it does is it gives me the transcript as I’m talking. And then I can go back and you’re gonna have to do some correcting because speech recognition is speech recognition, you’re going to then have a conversational document. Now what’s important in that is when you correct it, don’t make it perfect grammar. Because if you figure out how to read that dictated transcript, so that we can’t tell you’re reading, but your grammar is perfect. We’re gonna know now we got to know you’re reading it. Don’t make it perfect. This is not Yale or Harvard, or Penn State that you’re delivering this to. And that brings me up to grammar. And there are two actually there. I call written grammar versus spoken grammar, and just finishing the PhD dissertation. I was reminded from eight years ago when I did the GI doctor ministry paper, that written grammar is a lot different. And academic grammar is even worse. Spoken grammar is what people will hear they’ll see it as a conversation, even if you’re reading the transcript. Because hopefully you’re looking up once in a while from the transcript. They hear oral communication. So perfection in your grammar. It’s not there. Don’t send perfect grammar. That’s, again, these are my opinions of doing this for 20 years and changing presentation skills for about 40 I don’t want to sound like you’re from Yale or Harvard or Princeton or one of those places. Okay, that appears to be all of the material from this session. So, I will see you in session nine, there’s a worksheet for session eight. Please fill it out, take a look at it, and I’ll see you in the next session. God bless you.