Bestselling author and master communicator Charles Swindoll has been effectively speaking to others for over fifty years. In SAYING IT WELL: Touching Others With Your Words he shares his secrets on how to talk so people will listen.
Filled with techniques, stories, and models that clearly explain the formulas for successful speaking, Swindoll teaches readers the foundational principles for how to communicate, from preparing for a speech, organizing thoughts, and filtering out the superfluous to overcoming fears, grabbing the listener’s attention, and knowing how and when to stop.
Reading this book was like sitting down for coffee with a friend—a wise and knowing friend. Swindoll’s writing style is warm, conversational and direct, and it is obvious that he cares deeply about how the word of God is communicated—whether in the pulpit or at a meeting of business elites. Swindoll shares from his personal life the wealth of experience he had gained over decades in ministry, both successes and failures.
I am not a pastor (although I am married to one) and spend most of my public speaking time in front of children as a teacher. Despite this fact, I have gleaned many helpful tips from Saying it Well. Because Swindoll has been a pastor/teacher throughout his career, he writes of what he knows—the Biblical text. However, he takes the principles of each chapter and shows how they can be applied to speaking on a non-Biblical subject. What I appreciated most were the foundational principles shared in the Introduction and Chapter One. Here he encourages the reader to: know who you are, accept who you are, be who you are, and be sure of your calling. Without this foundation, the principles and tools given in the rest of the book will be on shaky ground. I strongly recommend this book to every pastoral student as well as to those who have been in the pulpit for years. It is also an excellent tool for public speakers who do not use the Bible as their subject matter. Saying it Well is sure to become a resource that will be pulled off the shelf again and again.
I give this book 5 stars out of 5.
I received this book free from FaithWords, a division of Hachette Book Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.