I spent the summer before my sophomore year in college as a summer missionary in Galveston, Texas. Each week my team visited a different church in the area and led vacation Bible school. It was fun, rewarding work.
In addition, I was assigned to a local church where I lived with the pastor, his wife, and their two children. They were both in their fifties and made me feel right at home.
After I had been there for about a month, the pastor casually said to me, “Mike, Rhonda and I are going out of town next weekend. I’d like for you to lead the service on Sunday and preach for me.”
I immediately felt the color drain from my face. I was terrified. “But, I’ve never spoken in public,” I stammered.
“Don’t worry. You’ll do fine,” he chuckled. “There’s a first time for everything.” He then got up and walked out of the room. Evidently, not accepting the assignment was not an option!
I remember studying like crazy during that week. I read the Bible and poured over commentaries. I outlined the points I wanted to make. I then revised the outline, then threw it away and started over—several times. I couldn’t sleep. I dreaded facing the congregation on Sunday.
The truth is, I did fine—just as he predicted. My sermon wasn’t great, but I got through it. And with practice I grew better at speaking.
Since that time, I have spoken more than one thousand times. I have also appeared on more than twelve hundred radio and television shows. I have written seven books and over one thousand blog posts. Communication is my life.
If only I could have done something to shorten the learning curve at the beginning. Yes, I read books on speaking and communication. Those helped. But it wasn’t until I attended The SCORRE Conference last spring that I saw the potential of how getting the right training can accelerate your proficiency.
My friend, Ken Davis, invited Gail and me to attend the conference last April. He founded this conference and has been faithfully teaching it for years.
We initially went as participants and were blown away. We learned three essential skills:
- The SCORRE preparation framework. This is the outlining technique that enables the best communicators to communicate with power. Once you know the secret, you can apply it to any speech and hit a home run every time.
- The SCORRE illustration method. This is a proven method for collecting compelling illustrations and communicating them in a way that is entertaining, effective, and transformational.
- The SCORRE delivery technique. This is a collection of best practices for using your voice and body to enhance your message and connect with your audience. I can’t believe I hadn’t learned this stuff before.
But that was only the beginning. If that was all we learned, it would have been worth the price. And then some. But there was more.
What made this particular conference so powerful was we had to prepare and deliver one short speech each day. That may sound scary, but it wasn’t. It was the difference-maker that guaranteed we actually improved as speakers.
After we delivered each talk to our small group, a certified master coach evaluated what we were doing well and where we could improve.
In addition, he video-taped each of our speeches, along with his comments, so we could review them later. Honestly, the improvement was dramatic. Every student left better than when they came—many, dramatically so.
I was so impressed with The SCORRE Conference I am now a full partner with Ken Davis. Whether you are a professional speaker, a pastor, a corporate executive, an author—or are just passionate about a message—you can take your communication skills to the next level by attending this conference.
The next one is scheduled for April 30–May 3, 2012 at WinShape, the beautiful Chick-fil-A conference center at Berry College near Rome, Georgia.
If you register now, you can take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. This will save you $100 off the regular tuition price of $1,099. In addition, if you use the discount code “HYATT,” you can take another $100 off. The Early Bird discount is good through February 15, 2012.
We also offer a money-back guarantee. Here’s the deal: If you attend the conference, participate in all the learning activities, and are not completely satisfied that you got your money’s worth, we will happily refund your tuition. No questions asked.
Note: the tuition is going up after this next conference. One of the first things I told Ken is the conference is way under-priced. As someone who attends a lot of training conferences, I don’t know of anything that provides this kind of value at this price.
I hope you will join us. I will be there again this year for the entire conference. I plan to make myself available to the students during the meals and informal activities. I hope I get a chance to shake your hand and get acquainted.
Update: Here’s what one of our students, Scot Longyear got out of The SCORRE Conference. This was unsolicited: How I Became a Better Communicator.