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Product Details

  • Series: Youth Specialties S
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties; Revised edition (August 20, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310201462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310201465
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Speaking to youth is challenging. Here's the help you've been looking for. . . . How to Speak to Youth is packed with tons of tips to make you a better speaker with any size group large or small. You'll enhance your communication skills with - A proven system for preparing dynamic talks - Exercises to improve your voice, gestures, and eye contact - Techniques to use the humor you find in everyday life - Ideas to make Scriptures come alive. And you'll discover ways to - Prepare with focus - Speak with clarity

Communicate with power Plus, you'll enjoy the many humorous illustrations peppered throughout the book. You'll discover your potential to speak to kids and keep them awake at the same time. "Ken's years of experience, his integrity and his sense of humor combine to make this book a must for the professional and the non-professional alike." Mike Yaconelli Youth Specialties - "This is the best book on how to speak to youth in the world. Ken Davis is my favorite communicator and the best at teaching others the trade." Jim Burns, President - National Institute of Youth Ministry

From the Author

Ken Davis is the author of two Gold Medallion Award-winning books and one of the nation’s top motivational and inspirational speakers for a wide spectrum of communications settings. President of Dynamic Communications, International, Ken teaches speaking skills to thousands of communicators around the world

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I recently purchased this book ...again; it had "gone missing" from my library.
Edward A. Smith
I am fresh into youth ministry and this book I have already seen is greatly helping improve my communication skills.
Aaron Spelzhaus
This is a great book to have for those who have a desire to minister effectively to the youth.
Charles E. Jordan Jr.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward A. Smith on February 4, 2009
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I recently purchased this book ...again; it had "gone missing" from my library. Out of all the books that I have on preaching, this is by far my favorite. Ken Davis is an accomplished speaker and author; his experience breaks down the talk process into easy, relevant steps.

Chapter 2 - "Objective Preparation" is my favorite source to share with beginning speakers. It really keeps them focused on a single message (SCORRE method), and the subsequent chapters help develop the talk in ways that will be easily retained by both the speaker and the audience.

Even if you are an accomplished speaker, this book is a great gift or loaner for others who might seek your help. It is well laid out, illustrated with amusing cartoons, and serious about its purpose.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexander C. Nagel on November 4, 2006
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I had to read this book for my Speech Communication class in my first semester of college. I go to a private Christian college, whose soul purpose is to prepare the next generation of Christian leaders. I am a Youth Ministry major and I can say without a doubt that this book has already helped me so much.

Ken Davis addresses so many aspects of public speaking and how to do it properly. He addressed things that I was doing wrong that I didnt even know were wrong! There isnt a speech that I have given for class since, that I havent gotten an "A" on.

I highly recommend this book to people who are in the ministry, going into the ministry, CEO's, presidents of businesses, corporations, anyone who actually has to get up and speak in front of people. The title may say "How to Speak to Youth...", but the way that Ken Davis has his speaking system set up, it is for ANY speaking setting. If you dont believe me, look into buying his video series or attend one of his confrences. You wont be sorry!
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By Stephen P. Drake on November 26, 2009
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It was particularly gratifying that Davis first emphasized the importance of the messages that are delivered in youth ministry. Within this context, the stakes are high, and justify his call for commitment to God (and scriptural accuracy), and authenticity (both practicing what is preached and being ourselves). These are obvious requirements that are not mentioned in comparable secular guides.

The S.C.O.R.R.E. process, while similar in some respects to other methods of subject development and organization, is differentiated by a rigorous adherence to supporting the established objective. Whether the subject and objective are external (assigned) or are one's own choice, the process is the same. Each step is specifically targeted to be appropriate to the needs of the audience and to the desired outcome. This specificity is also valuable in maximizing one's productivity when preparing a talk.

While most of the technical discussion on delivery was not new, the way that Davis continued to show how even these details should be evaluated within the context of the intended audience's needs was valuable. While no "magic bullet" was offered, his point about the possible physical and emotional differences among Junior High age youth was particularly well taken. Throughout the book, Davis includes many anecdotal examples that are both entertaining and illustrative of his methodology.

In summary, this book presents a process and tools that are useful not only in youth ministry, but to any age group. Davis' methods offer a systematic way to achieve results beyond mere entertainment and/or the ego gratification of the speaker.
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When I was a new youth pastor I really needed some help when it came to sermon preparation. I had no formal training in this area, but then I read this book and it gave me the tools I needed to develop and deliver quality messages to our youth. Today I'm the senior pastor at our church and I still use the S.C.O.R.R.E. method in my weekly messages. I have found that, as the book claims, people go away not only saying that it was a good message, but they can remember what it was about. Usually they can even recall all the points of the message. The elements of sermon construction are the same whether you're a youth pastor, senior pastor, or anyone who teaches the Bible. I give this book to all my young leaders today to help them share quality messages which are interesting, engaging, and easy to remember and apply to your life.
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By DB on March 12, 2014
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This book really helped me to improve my speaking skills. I recommend this to anybody who goes in front of youth in order to share Christ!
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