Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Book Review: Communicating for a Change

By Andy Stanley and Lane Jones
If you do any public speaking, you owe it to yourself to read this book. Authors Andy Stanley and Lane Jones craft their writing in a way that illustrates the points they want to make, so it’s an easy, engaging read. By likening the process of developing a speech to a journey, they tell the story of a trucker and his passenger discussing communication.

The first half of the book covers the authors’ major points while the second half elaborates on them. As with a trip, you must determine your destination—a short statement that summarizes what you want to say. Then, according to the authors, an effective communicator wraps that statement in story, story so compelling you don’t need notes to tell it. There are seven main points in all.

Excellent examples light the way for those of us on the communication journey. And the authors offer plenty of questions to check the effectiveness of our talks. I appreciated their nod to those, including Andy Stanley’s father, Charles Stanley, who offer informational talks. Despite the authors’ commitment to relational talks, they admit there are times when informational talks are appropriate, so they offer guidelines for taking that alternate route.

There’s a lot to digest in this book published by Multoman in 2006, but I look forward to pulling my talks from the file drawer and tackling them one by one. Stanley and Jones provide a handy GPS to guide my journey to more effective communication.

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4 comments:

GiGi said...

This looks like a great read from your description. Would it also be a good read for a high school student? I have some in mid that might benefit from this book. Thanks again for your review. I look forward to what you post. You give me so many ideas of good books! This is one you might ponder reading. "Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible" It's on my list to read next after reading Liz Curtis Higgs book on the Queen of Sheba! Love reading!!! Blessings on your day!

GiGi said...

This looks like a great read from your description. Would it also be a good read for a high school student? I have some in mid that might benefit from this book. Thanks again for your review. I look forward to what you post. You give me so many ideas of good books! This is one you might ponder reading. "Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible" It's on my list to read next after reading Liz Curtis Higgs book on the Queen of Sheba! Love reading!!! Blessings on your day!

Shirley Brosius said...

Thank you for your encouraging words, Gigi. I too LOVE to read. Yes, this book would be great for high school students because it's written in such an entertaining way. It holds your interest. Very down-to-earth and applicable for anyone developing a talk.

K. Weber said...

Sounds really good. Will recommend for our home school co-op group for speech and drama students and their parents(us)!