I just got back yesterday from a 3-day seminar on speaking skills with CLASSeminars. I was privileged to learn from Florence Littauer, who has trained over 30,000 speakers! Ongoing training is so essential to staying current in any field.
It was hard! The first 2 days we were asked to give a 3-minute talk -- with ONLY 5 minutes to prepare! I've never had to think SO fast. But, we all did it.
I learned great tips for finding speaking topics, making quick outlines, and sharing stories. I'm sure I'll use this newly acquired knowledge soon.
I also met a special friend named Sonya, who was on an incredible journey of faith -- trusting God to provide for her every need as she pursues her dream of speaking. I love how God can knit our hearts together so quickly. God is love, and He puts love in our hearts.
So, the past few days I've learned much about speaking and even more about faith. I wonder what God will teach me next.