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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties; 1 edition (October 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310273765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310273769
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Speaking to Teenagers' will inspire anyone who speaks into the lives of students to give their teaching ministry the forethought it deserves but frequently does not receive.' (YouthWorker Journal)

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Get ready for a crash course in effective communication. More than just a book on how to ³do talks,² Speaking to Teenagers combines the experience and wisdom of two veteran youth ministry speakers, along with insightful research and practical tools, to help you develop messages that engage students with the love of Christ and the power of his Word. Whether you¹re crafting a five-minute devotional or a 30-minute sermon, Speaking to Teenagers is essential to understanding and preparing great messages. Together, Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins show you how they craft their own messages and give you the tools to do it yourself. They¹ll guide you, step-by-step, through the process of preparing and delivering meaningful messages that effectively communicate to your students. Fields and Robbins walk you through three dimensions of a message‹the speaker, the listener, and the message itself‹and introduce you to the concept and principles of inductive communication. You¹ll also get helpful tips on finding illustrations for your talk and using them for maximum impact, as well as insights on reading your audience and effective body language. As Speaking to Teenagers guides you toward becoming a more effective communicator, you¹ll find that this book¹s practical principles will positively impact the way you view, treat, and communicate to teenagers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is a must-read for anyone who speaks to teens.
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Doug and Duffy have come alongside and mentored me through this book.
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I found the principles in this book very practical and insightful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Danette Matty on May 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Speaking to Teens is an extremely practical, helpful, even funny how-to for youth communicators. Fields and Robbins seem to have had a great time co-writing this book, both obviously enamored with their own humor! Lots of self-deprecating stories and poking fun at each other make it a fun read. But there's serious advice on understanding teen receptors that cause kids to either sit up and listen or tune out and text each other during your sermon.

Sections include: How to Think about Effective Messages, How to Create Messages That S.T.I.C.K., and How to Deliver Effective Messages. I've read a few excellent communicating books. This is the only one specifically geared toward speaking to teens since Ken Davis' How to Speak to Youth & Keep Them Awake At the Same Time, c.1996.

My friends enrolled in North Central University's youth ministry program tell me this book is required reading. It's easy to see why. Beyond loads of practices, Fields and Robbins never lose sight of God's fingerprints on a great message and the heart of shepherding teenagers through His spoken word.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew A. Hedges on February 8, 2008
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If you've not had any training in communication (public speaking, interpersonal communication), this is a good start. Understanding how to communicate is something overlooked by many youth ministry training programs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Larsen on March 2, 2010
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I picked this book up after attending Duffy's session on the topic at the National Youthworkers Convention (now SYMC) 2009. Although the title implies that it is a book written to help an aging generation connect with teens, it is anything but. Ignore the title, read the subtitle, then read the book. This is on my short list of recommendations and 'must haves' for any youthworker. This text, and the information contained therein, has done far more than any other when it comes to delivering an effective and engaging message in the youth room and occasionally from the pulpit.

I feel many of the other reviews adequately capture the content of the text, check them out.

Bottom Line: Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Kupferer on August 27, 2009
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Speaking in front of children is scary, even though they are fairly forgiving. Speaking in front of adults is nerve-racking, especially if most of them are older than you. But, speaking in front of teenagers is worse. It is like swimming with sharks, while you are covered with blood and have pieces of meat attached to your feet. At least that is how some people feel about the idea of speaking to teens. But thanks to Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins (and their book "Speaking to Teenagers: How to think about, create, and deliver effective messages") you do not have to feel this way any longer.

Fields and Robbins combine their many years of experience with a large collection of research to provide a valuable resource to any adult wanting to communicate effectively with teens. This book is filled with humor, graphs, pictures of bridges, insight, real-life experience, and tips. Though the book flows from start to finish, it is possible to find the chapter dealing with an area of speaking where you need help and find the assistance you need to improve.

The first section covers the thinking part of the message preparation. This includes some great information on what needs to go into an effective message (like how to build the bridge from you to the students you want to reach). Although this step in message preparation might seem optional - Fields and Robbins build a convincing argument to its importance. The second section focuses on how to create a message that STICKs. Here you'll learn the importance of Study, Thinking, Illustrating, Constructing, and Keeping focused. Finally, the last three chapters discuss how to deliver an effective message (everything from your vocal pitch and hand gestures to the set-up of the room in which you will be speaking).
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By Mwidman on March 4, 2014
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I have read many books on speaking to teenagers. Many books on how to be a better communicator. I have even read purpose driven youth ministry too. It wasn't until I read this book that I turned the corner. This book not only tells you what you should do, it gives examples. So many times we are told to do something a certain way, but then are not given any examples or how to guides to go along with that knowledge. THIS has it! I have been humbled by what I am not good at and what I need to improve, but for the first time I feel confident. I feel like I have a solid model to follow that will give me success. If you struggle with making a teaching schedule, finding creative ways to teach the Bible, need help constructing your messages so that you are well prepared to speak......this is the book for you. Best book I have ever read, hands down.
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By DB on February 27, 2014
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Having to get up in front of youth every week can be intimidating but it can also be an exhilarating challenge! Doug and Duffy have come alongside and mentored me through this book. What great help they have been in preparing and delivering messages. This book is seeping with practical help through and through. Much needed and much blessed by this book.
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By sara moody on October 19, 2013
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Great for those who are "speakers" and have expended prep time. Not as practical as I;d hoped for those who teach on a daily basis. It does have good insight into maiking sure we are speaking into the hears and lives of teenagers by making sure we understand their world and how to keep teaching relevant through stories. Preparation is important but I was looking more for something more practical on getting into the heart. I thought it focused too much on preparation - over days and weeks - when in reality, most youth workers, teachers and parents don't have the luxury of spending days or weeks preparing, and are called on to teach daily Good tips though of how to be on the lookout for ideas and stories that can be used later.
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