Talk Tips: Avoid Overplayed Illustrations

The typical youth worker spends a great deal of his or her time in front of a group talking.  This article is part of a series of tips to improve your public speaking skills.

If I have to hear about that kid that sits by themselves in the lunchroom one more time, I am going to vomit!  Seriously!  We all have our weaknesses and one of them is definitely slacking in the creativity department with our illustrations.  Yes, that is an apt illustration in some moment, but the best thing in this case is to go cold turkey and stop the insanity.

Make a list of your most used illustrations (your students know them if you don't) and post them where you can see them, then repeat after me: "I will not use these overplayed illustrations for an entire year."  Force yourself to be creative, and your students will be more engaged.


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