How to Sing, Preach, Teach or Give a Speech Without Nervousness

Glen's pastor was so impressed with something Glen told him that he asked him to share it with the whole congregation. Glen had done some public speaking and didn't think he'd be nervous. He was wrong.

Glen belongs to an enormous church. As he gazed at the church's five thousand seats, television cameras, and bright lights, his palms started to sweat, and his legs turned to mush. Try as he might, he couldn't relax. Suddenly, just seconds before he was called upon, Glen's wife turned to him and asked gently, "Honey, are you doing this for yourself or for these people?"

Glen recalls, "When she asked me that question, it was like a pin bursting a bubble. All of a sudden, I didn't care about how I looked, how my words would come out, or what people thought of me. I didn't even care if I fell flat on my face on the way to the microphone. All I could think of was that a lot of people had traveled thirty or more miles to this church, and I owed it to them to give them more than someone up there who just cared about himself. When I got up to speak, I was free from fear, and I actually had fun. Afterward, it was a joy to have people say that what I shared was exactly what they needed."

If we stand up to speak or sing God's word, and nervousness transforms us into blubbering idiots, God's kingdom is hindered, and Satan smiles. Nervousness can diminish or even destroy our effectiveness.

I have been a blubbering idiot on several occasions. Several nasty symptoms arise when I am plagued by nervousness:

1) Sometimes my mind goes blank. A roomful of people stare at me expectantly, waiting to hear something profound, but I can hardly remember my name.

2) I talk too fast. Pausing allows people time to let things soak in, but I'm afraid to pause--lest people use that moment to conclude that the speaker is an idiot.

3) I am too flustered to think clearly. Regardless of how organized my notes might be, my presentation is disorganized. I often cover points in the wrong order or leave them out altogether.

There are people

out there!!

4) My jokes aren't funny. Because my timing is shot to pieces, all attempts at humor fall flat. If people laugh at all, it’s only because they feel sorry for me.

5) I fail to establish a rapport with my audience.

These nervous symptoms can short-circuit the communication process so that very little penetrates the minds and hearts of the listeners.
Fortunately, if we are willing to face up to the true cause of our nervousness, God has a cure.


— Jamie Lash                     

(assisted by Brent Wallace)






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