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Book Review: Communicating for a Change Part 1

I have been rereading Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley.  Here are a few points that have been jumping out at me:

  • Pick a point.  Every message should have one central idea, application, insight, or principle that serves as the glue to hold the other parts together.  Take time to reduce your one point to one sticky statement.
  • Internalize the message.  Own it.  The communicator should be able to communicate the message in a way that is both conversational and authentic.
  • Engage your audience.  Your introduction may be the most important part of your message.  It is the equivalent to the railroad conductor yelling, “All aboard!”  The introduction should provide listeners with a reason to listen.

Throughout this book, Andy gives you specific ways that he prepares his messages and tricks of the trade.  For example, he writes his one point on a notecard.  He also prints out his notes including scriptures and trims the paper to fit in his Bible.  This allows him to glance at his notes while reading verses.

Every pastor, communicator, or teacher would benefit from reading this book.

 

I’ve listened to several of Andy Stanley’s messages over the years and remember some of the sticky statements.  Here are a few that I remember:

 

  • What is the wise thing to do?  (rather than, How far can I go without sinning?)
  • Joseph did what any of us would do if we were completely confident that God was with us.
  • Something like, “Life is lived in the margins.”  (A message about giving yourself room for error in time and finances.)
  • You are rich!

If you have read this book, what are your takeaways?

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5 Responses to “Book Review: Communicating for a Change Part 1”

  1. Good stuff man! I have actually trimmed my notes down to a page that would fit in my Bible. This works really well; however, I reduce my notes down to key words instead of phrases or sentences. The keywords keep me on track, and they are easier to remembers. Another good book to read is Unleashing the Word by Adam Hamilton. He is the pastor of the largest United Methodist Church in North America. Good blog!

  2. […] Fort Mills Times placed an observative post today on Book Review: Communicating for a ChangeHere’s a quick excerpt For example, he writes his one point on a notecard.  He also prints out his notes including scriptures and trims the paper to fit in his BBible/B. […]

  3. It’s always about the Methodists with you! Just kidding…

  4. Justin.

    Preaching for a change is one of my favorite books on preaching. I totally love the method Andy proposes as well as the story telling method he uses to pitch the idea. I love the opportunity to read your blog and keep apprised on how you guys are doing.

    Bond

  5. Bond, it’s great to hear from you!


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