Week 2: Sharing your Story
One of the hardest things to do when coming back from a missions trip is trying to share with others the experience you had. How do you share about everything that you did, saw and learned, within a few minutes?
Below you will find links to four articles that will help you prepare to share your story to your friends, family, church, communities, and any one else wanting to know about your trip.
But no one else was there... at least not the people you spend time with here at home. So, yes, inquiring minds DO want to know, but they probably only want glimpses, images, or impact, and they likely won’t relate to much of what you share. As a result, we’ve come up with four ideas that reach four different kinds of audiences. And, because we are all accustomed to how television organizes information, these typical “TV experiences” will provide the perfect grid.
As a public speaker you must help people understand that what you are saying is important and worth remembering. Make an effort to do more than just talk at people. Bring props, show pictures, do a puppet show, teach a song you learned overseas. Get your audience involved. Engage as much of their brains and as many of their senses as possible. Do whatever it takes to avoid boring people with your presentation. And whatever you do, be enthusiastic and energetic about what you have to report.
If you’re like most people, public speaking ranks at the top of your “least-favorite-things-to-do” list. There are two excellent tools that will make it possible for you to share information that will be meaningful and memorable.
This approach to speaking will allow you, with minimal training and practice, to give a talk that is memorable, awakens mission vision in the church, and doesn’t bore anyone. It is a system of developing brief stories (modules) and organizing them into a talk. We define a module as "a brief story with visual and emotional impact that stands alone and illustrates a single point."