7 Questions to ask before you speak

Featured / Leadership / May 7, 2012

I’m a student of the art of communication. I study the craft constantly.

A couple of weeks ago I ran across a message given by Francis Chan at John Piper’s National Conference in 2010. As part of this teaching, Francis describes how he sets his mind and spirit in the right place before approaching the stage to teach. His thoughts on nerves and the importance of loving the people to whom he preaches are invaluable.

So for those of us who study the craft of communication, here are a few highlights:

When you get nervous, it’s probably because there’s sin in your life – you’re thinking about a person, about pleasing someone. You’re wanting someone to approve of your message rather than thinking about God. And the nerves are not because you love the people [you’re speaking to], but because you want them to love you.

Below are seven questions that Francis asked himself before he communicates in order to check his heart. I love these!

  1. Am I worried about what people think of my message or what God thinks?
  2. Do I genuinely love these people?
  3. Am I accurately presenting this passage?
  4. Am I depending on the Holy Spirit’s power or my own cleverness?
  5. Have I applied this message to my own life?
  6. Will this message draw attention to me or to God?
  7. Do the people really need this message?

Here is my favorite 6 minute soundbite from Francis’ teaching. To hear the entire 60 minute teaching, click here.

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Dave Milam
Dave Milam is a pastor, communicator and the founder of One Life Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a a gifted communicator Dave's right brained style of delivery helps his listener connect and remember God's truth in a uniquely visual way. Connect with Dave on Google+

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on May 8, 2012

Wow Honey! Great post. Thanks for reminding me of this Sunday when we were about to work through C-R-A-S-H and “The Alter” together! I was so nervous, and worried about other people’s opinions (Which is sin, thanks Francis Chan!). Thanks for helping me check that before I walked on stage!

on May 14, 2012

Thanks for sharing! Great stuff.

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