1. God: If God be for you, who can be against you? If God sent you to speak, then no demon under torment can stop you from succeeding. Many times, God chooses who will succeed, and who will not. It is His prerogative to do so. You just have to accept this and pray to God for ideas to speak about, for boldness to present with excellence. And mostly for the health to climb up the podium and speak.
2. Something to say: It is said, that if you don’t have something to say, you should keep quiet. Even a fool is deemed wise if he holds his tongue, the Bible says. To speak, you need something compelling to say. If you don’t, turn down any request to speak, no matter how lucrative the opportunity is. This also applies in small meetings you have with your team. On the other hand, if you have something to speak, then by all means speak up – with all due respect. Don’t allow anyone silence you. It is within your rights to be heard whether you are right or not, or whether your input is adopted or abandoned. If you have something to say – let it fly.
3. A deep desire to say it: This is passion, a burning desire to say what God has given to you. This develops over time. It brews in your spirit and gets stronger and stronger to the “Boiling point”. A point where it has to be let out. A sense of urgency develops in your spirit till it feels like someone will die if you don’t give this relevant message in a timely manner. If you ever feel this way about a message you are about to deliver, then brace yourself for the huge impact it will have.
There you have it, the 3 ingredients necessary for an effective speech. God, Something to say and a deep desire to say it. At it’s core, you are only a messenger echoing words you heard from the Master. You are only a loud speaker amplifying the message of the Lord – don’t forget this.
For though I preach the gospel , I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! – 1 Corinthians 9:16