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getting in the flow while speaking

Yesterday, I mentioned that when I’m “in the flow” the words seem to come naturally. ¬†This led me to think: how does one get in the flow while speaking or preaching? ¬†(Let’s all stipulate principle number one is prayer).

For me, this is when I know I am in the flow:

  • My focus is not on myself but on magnifying Jesus.
  • My concern is not about how I appear but does the audience understand.
  • My desire is to see lives changed regardless of whether I get a “good job” at the door.
  • My purpose is singular, clear, and compelling.
  • I’m not thinking ahead; I’m simply speaking.

If you do much public speaking, how do you know when you’re in the flow?