You’re a ministerial studies student on a mission to spread the gospel to people in need, but when it comes to public speaking … let’s just say you’ve been enjoying social distancing and Zoom meetings these past two years.
If you have a fear of public speaking, you’re not alone. Experts say about 75 percent of the world’s population has some degree of anxiety about it.
But not to worry—if you believe God has called you to ministry, you must believe that He will equip you with the necessary skills to follow that calling.
Global University has a few tips for how you can improve your public speaking skills during your ministerial studies program.
Start With Communication Basics
To improve your public speaking ability, you might think you need to jump right into practicing giving speeches or sermons. But to truly master the art of public speaking, you should begin with the basics of effective communication.
Start by studying the nuances of interpersonal communication, including active listening, non-verbal skills, and knowing your audience. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie is a timeless book about interacting with people effectively and positively.
Your ministerial studies program will place you in both one-on-one and group conversations, so starting with these basics will give you an excellent foundation for your future work.
Practice Speaking in Front of Your Study Group
Before you dive into speaking in front of strangers, practice with your classmates ﬁrst. Prepare a sermon, deliver it to them as if you were speaking in front of an audience, and allow them to give you feedback.
You’ll ﬁnd that even speaking formally in front of trusted peers is enough to make your pulse quicken, so getting some practice within a small group will prepare your nervous system for bigger speaking opportunities.
At Global University, we have a robust study group program designed to give students a much-needed support system.
Focus on Your Message
There will come a time when you’ve practiced enough, and it’s time to get out there and share your message with a new group of people. Before you begin speaking, take time to reﬂect on the importance of your message. Remember why you chose to share God’s Word with others and lean on your faith in Him to deliver His message through you.
Breathe, and take time to pray before each event. Perhaps read an inspiring Scripture to help calm your nerves:
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14 NIV).
Ministerial Studies at Global University
Global University’s mission is to provide accessible, accredited, and affordable education to followers of Jesus. We offer our ministerial studies program through self-paced distance learning, so you can answer God’s calling any time, from anywhere. For more information about our degree programs, call us today at 1-800-443-1083 or contact us online.