Apply Yourself to Reading and Teaching

This publication is designed to help sharpen your skills in public reading and in the arts of speaking and teaching.

A Letter From the Governing Body

We teach the most important message ever given to humans.

STUDY 1

Effective Introduction

An effective introduction accomplishes three objectives.

STUDY 2

Conversational Manner

A conversational manner puts your audience at ease and helps them to be receptive to your message.

STUDY 3

Use of Questions

Ask tactful questions to arouse interest and emphasize important points.

STUDY 4

Scriptures Properly Introduced

See how to prepare the minds of your listeners before you read a scripture.

STUDY 5

Accurate Reading

Accurate reading is a fundamental part of conveying the knowledge of Jehovah.

STUDY 6

Scripture Application Made Clear

Help your listeners to see the connection between the scripture you read and the point you are making.

STUDY 7

Accurate and Convincing

Accurate and convincing evidence will help your listeners reach the correct conclusion.

STUDY 8

Illustrations That Teach

Enhance your teaching with simple illustrations that appeal to your listeners and teach important points.

STUDY 9

Appropriate Use of Visual Aids

Use visual aids to make a more lasting impression on the mind.

STUDY 10

Modulation

Vary the pace, pitch, and power of your voice to stir emotion and move your audience to action.

STUDY 11

Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm gives evidence of your strong feelings and helps hold the interest of your listeners.

STUDY 12

Warmth and Empathy

If you speak with genuine emotion, you show your listeners that you care.

STUDY 13

Practical Value Made Clear

Help your listeners to understand how your subject affects their lives, and show them what to do with what they learn.

STUDY 14

Main Points Made to Stand Out

Help your audience to follow your talk, and make clear how each main point relates to your objective and theme.

STUDY 15

Expressed With Conviction

Speak with conviction. Show that you firmly believe in the importance of what you are saying.

STUDY 16

Upbuilding and Positive

Be constructive rather than critical. Direct attention to the refreshing truths in God’s Word.

STUDY 17

Understandable to Others

Help your listeners to understand your message. Convey key points clearly.

STUDY 18

Informative to Your Audience

Stimulate the thinking of your listeners and help them learn something worthwhile.

STUDY 19

Effort to Reach the Heart

Motivate your listeners to love God and his Word, the Bible.

STUDY 20

Effective Conclusion

An effective conclusion will help your listeners to accept and apply what they have learned.

Record Your Progress

Record your progress as you work at improving your reading and teaching skills.

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Develop essential skills for public reading and teaching.