One of the first things I ever heard at my first Communicators for Christ event was if you have identified with Christ you are already communicating for Christ. So it isn’t a matter of IF. It is a matter of HOW. It is exactly WHY ICC exists, to help you and your students become better Communicators for Christ.
The simple beginning public speaking rules contained in the BPS workbook aren’t just for the times you are in a chapter, in a class or standing in front of an audience. These are the workhorse rules for everyday conversation. When we intentionally work on our everyday opportunities to be communicators for Christ we grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men. Opportunities come to those that prepare(read practice). These opportunities far exceed what you can believe come from the simplest execution of excellent communication.
Consider this everyday communication opportunities to both train students and challenge yourself:
How do you give a greeting?
Our first encounters are the basis on which we make decisions about whether to lean in or lean away. Are you interested? Do you show that you care? What is the first BPS rule? Smile! It may sound simple but it takes intention and instruction to do well.
Think of just a few ways we greet one another and do it with a smile.
in the morning when we rise
in the evening when we say goodnight
when we walk into a room - in class, at chapter, when we walk in a store.
answering the telephone
Training your students (and yourself) to give a warm and sincere smile starts at home. Somehow we get confused that giving a smile to others is about what I feel. No, a smile is a decision to bless the people who actually see your face (which by the way you do not... so don’t presume to know what you look like). Smile when you greet. Guess what? Smiling also gives you a two for the price … It is hard to smile without eye contact. Sneaky I know. Try it and leave a comment on any questions or successes you had with smile training :-).