The Voice Part 2: Preparing for Speaking and Media Opportunities
In the first blog on preparing for speaking and media opportunities, I talked about the importance of preparing your heart. Beyond that, here are some practical steps you can take to prepare a great message.
Know Your Audience
Who are you speaking to? Is the audience Christian? Secular? Are they students? Is it an audience with a passion for taking action to stop sex trafficking? Or a group of people who want to learn about porn and its impact on our churches and families?
Knowing who you are speaking to will help you prepare what you will say, and, equally as important, HOW you will say it. You want to use words that they understand and will help them capture the vision you want to share with them.
It’s the difference between saying to a Christian audience:
“I found healing and hope in the House of God”
Versus what you might say to a secular audience:
“I found healthy community at my local church. It was a place where I could grow and heal without judgment”
You are saying the same thing, but in a way that speaks to the audience you are talking to.
Stick To The Vision
When it comes to sharing the vision of Treasures, we have created a tagline that simply states our vision in a way that any audience can hear and understand. We reach women in the sex industry with the message that they are loved, valued and purposed. It’s as simple as that. Everything else I share is just digging deeper into what this vision looks like in action.
I also often proactively answer questions that the audience might have to bring clarity. Especially when I am talking to a secular audience. Some other clarifying statements I might share that help communicate our vision include the following:
“Research shows that 89% of women want to leave the industry but see no other means for survival. We are there to help women who want help.”
“We are a faith-based organization, but we aren’t about bashing anyone over the head with the bible. We don’t require that anyone subscribe to our belief system for us to provide care and services to them. We believe it is important to come along side of women right where they are at and love them in that place.”
The more you clarify in your own heart, who you are, and who you aren’t, the better prepared you will be to communicate this clearly with other people.
Know the Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
In most conversations I have with people, several of the same questions come up. Because of this, at Treasures we have a list of frequently asked questions.
The answers spring from my heart, and I don’t have to think of a new, witty response each time they come up. It may help you to look at these questions, see how we answer them, and consider how you would answer them in the context of your ministry.
Hope they are helpful!
~Audio/Video Talks From Harmony Dust
|02-13-11 Sex Drive Pt2/Harmony Dust|
Sex Drive: Harmony uncovers the myths about porn and gives practical insights into recovery steps. Special guest, Steven Keifer talks about his own sexual addiction recovery.
| The Dream Maker’s Dream / Harmony Dust
Harmony Dust speaks from her own life story about dreams deferred and how God takes dreams we thought were dead and revives them. How can we maintain hope in the face of disappointment and loss? Harmony shares how she has navigated recent losses and what you and I can do when our dreams our deferred.
|Sex in the City/Harmony Dust|
Does God like sex? What does healthy sexuality look like in our hyper-sexualized culture? Harmony answers these questions and more.
|Today is Your Day – Harmony Dust