Have you ever watched a really good TED talk?
TED talks are some of the best presentations on the planet. The single idea of a great TED talk often becomes viral.
As pastors, I believe we communicate the most important “idea” ever. If we want to reach our culture, we can learn from these popular public speaking videos.
What makes these presentations engaging to our culture?
What can we apply to our preaching without compromising our message?
I have studied the TED talk guidelines for speakers, and here are some of the rules that preachers could learn from.
1. Speak in 18 minutes or less
Why is this important? Because most people in your audience are good at focusing on an idea for a small piece of time.
Sometimes less is more.
There is nobody in church on Sunday who thinks, “Oh boy, I hope the pastor preaches 15 minutes over his allotted time again today!”
Nobody ever said, “Bummer, church let out early today.”
Now, I understand that TED talks are different from sermons; 18 minutes is probably too short if you are unpacking a larger section of Scripture.
However, few preachers…Continue Reading