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  1. Melanie! You got to the heart of the needful frame of mind for Christian speakers.

    Yes. Praise God, Yes! I made the shift from performer to servant. I still experience nervousness, which presses me into the power of the Holy Spirit. When God worked this shift in my speaking, I noticed the connection “I” felt with my audience; and student comments revealed the feeling was mutual. Your post helped me find words for this experience. I knew my focus changed. I just couldn’t put my finger on how it changed. Thank you!

    1. mel chitwood says:

      Hi Charla, Isn’t it encouraging to see how God has helped you grow? I know you are depending on Him every step. I like what you said about your nervousness makes you press into the Lord. Good reminder!

  2. Yes! And it was the best shift! I don’t think I could have continued to speak if God didn’t teach me to view things differently. First, He taught me to make a fool of myself so that HE could speak to the hearts of my audience. It was very humbling. After a while, I began to care so much for who I was speaking to – desperately desiring that they understand whatever concept of our loving God that I was teaching – that I forgot I was standing on a stage in front of everyone. I was just someone who cared, talking to them about something I believed was important. The nerves vanish once that starts.

    1. Hi Jaime, I appreciate your honesty about being humbled – that’s hard! Thank you for being transparent! I love this sentence “just someone who cared, talking to them about something I believed was important.” That’s a beautiful shift! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Oh, how beautiful and impacting these words are, Melanie. You made it make sense! This was a good check for me because performance comes so easily. Being vulnerable, well, that’s spiritual fruit, so why wouldn’t there be a battle? I jotted some of your words that jumped out at me and tossed them onto the wall with sticky notes. And the practical ideas? Thank you. So helpful.

    1. Hi Kristi, You made me think of this topic in a new way – thank you! The part of about vulnerability, spiritual fruit, and the battle. Thank you for your encouraging words!

  4. Thank you Melanie. I have a speaking event coming up soon and I’ve taken some great points for your post as I prepare. It’s helped me to change and refine my focus.

    1. Hi Rachel,
      Yay for an upcoming speaking event! I’m so glad this post was timely and practical for you. Thanks for your encouragement! Praying this perspective change helps you the way it helped me.

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