SPEAKER HOST & LEADER
May 6 Carty Holsapple
May 13 Snyder Holsapple
May 20 Souffrant Snyder
May 27 Cramer Snyder
June 3 Vaughn Carty
June 10 Smith Carty
June 17 Holsapple Smith
June 24 Carty Smith
July 1 Shober Cramer
July 8 Souffrant Cramer
July 15 Snyder TBA
July 22 TBA TBA
July 29 Holsapple Shober
Holsapple is our esteemed backup.
Stay upbeat, speak dramatically, if possible
Try to end your message with a challenge
Make reference to the Yahad in the message
Hosts’ Responsibilities: Back-up, Snyder
Responsible for the “meditation” at beginning
Make reference to the Yahad in the message
Try to look like you’re happy to be here
Announce / introduce the Speaker
Take charge of the Testimonial service
TIPS TOWARD PROFESSIONALISM
the YAHAD, 2023
IN SPEAKING AND HOSTING
Rid yourself of verbal distractions, ums, yaknows, snorts, coughs, finger and toe tapping, long pauses, background noise, dog-barking, kitchen noise, kids noise, phone beeps, paper shuffling, etc. (These things wreak havoc on the sound editor, Schruumkoff reminds us.) Removing distractions will improve your “serve” greatly, allowing the anointing to shine through!
Besides practice and preparation, listening to this short recording before hosting will help remind you.
Put a post-it note on your screen to remind you. Often, that’s all it takes to get rid of distractions.
Another set of really annoying distractions are mouth- and lip-clicks and loud breathing – often amateur speakers don’t even realize they are making these noises! But these are very annoying to the best audiences, especially a repeat audience.
Where do yo find examples of distractions? Listen then judge podcasts and videos, including mine. Podcasters are usually not seeking professionalism. Instead, they seek con tradition, sensationalism and a measure of fame. Are you primarily seeking those things? No! You are representing the Highest Power in the Universe and the goodness that he has assigned and called you to broadcast the Message of love and light!
I did an interview with a recovered drug addict a few years ago because he had something very appropriate to say. But his message was completely drowned out by his distractions. He wouldn’t say “um” once, but maybe 10 or 20 times in a row. Y’knows by the score. It took me over 10 hours to edit his one hour interview. When finished, the recording was less than 25 minutes long . . . and the message was transformed.
Several times we had a speaker on our channel who was a doctor. He was highly educated. But, like my other friend, his valuable speech was so full of hemming and hawing that I got a 2-hour speech down to less than an hour, which took many hours of editing.
How do you fix these growing edges? Here’s how – you work, you practice, you listen, you take good advice, you don’t just listen to the encouragement of your fans, but you seek to do your very best for your Benefactor. Record yourself and listen critically. Then do it again. And again. Then remind yourself of this advice. Listen to some podcasters noting their distractions. Like you, people send me podcasts and video links every day by the score, and some demand that I go over them, even comment on them. I never look at them. If I’m interested, I look the subject up; sometimes I consult AI for a very concise summary. For I don’t have time and don’t want to waste time on videos and podcasts. What these folks say can be said in at least 10 to 20 minutes less than their 1 hour speech. I know this because just removing the silences in their talks saves me this much time. If I really want to hear what someone says, or an interview, what I would shorten them by removing the silence from their productions. If I wanted to take out the distractions as well, I would gain at least another 10 – 15 minutes. But that’s just me. But I have plenty of time to listen to those speakers I edit. I want them to be great!
Plan your agenda – Even greater ability comes forth if you plan your hosting with a list – a notepad file on the screen will help with that. Make sure you have the names you mentioned spelled and pronounced right, as well as the causes you will espouse as a host (like your next speaking date and the org’s upcoming events).
Improve your vocal utterances – Use a strong voice – speak to the microphone within a couple inches and adjust your sound as best you can before broadcasting. If your are offering a cause, speak more dramatically when appropriate. What’s worse than a monotone testimonial or prayer request?
Drive out obvious Subject / Verb disagreements – We probably don’t need to talk much about this, but if you retain the habit of saying things like, “They was doing this and that . . .” or “I’s gonna go bowling . . .” or “Sally and Bill was cooking dinner . . .” or if you are still employing double negatives like “I ain’t no chauffeur” of “I won’t bake no cake . . .” – you would do well to correct them, for they tell new listeners (especially) that you paid no attention in grade school. Hey, you are a professional speaker now! Save some of your high-brow brothers and sisters some agonies of listening! Help convert them with your message by using proper English.
Spruce up – Wear something decent – avoid the T-shirt (unless it’s part of your “shtick”). Trim and comb those curly locks and beards. Bless yourself before the event. Have water on hand.
Your reputation is at stake, as is the reputation of the ONE you profess and the group you represent. You have a lot to say, I’m sure. Yes, you could be a great speaker; many people could. But it’s also important to know your limitations. If necessary, quit while you are ahead before you receive negative comments. Not everyone is called to this ministry.
May I call you friends? Then friends – I know a person who was initially trained as a public speaker and has been editing audio for hours every day for over 40 years. I consulted him on this subject because I wanted to become more professional in my own speaking and help those speakers that I currently edit. And I concur with his suggestions from an editor’s standpoint. To produce a professional project, one must remove all distractions, even breath noises, lip clicks and silences over a second or two (for the sake of time constraints).
Support you Common Ministry – When Hosting or Speaking, support your club by announcing upcoming events, the event calendar, website, members’ presentation, video links. Use the names the YAHAD and/or New Earth Restoration often, solicit for membership (www.joinyahad.org), define Yahad (an Hebrew Bible word used often and meaning “togetherness” and “unity of purpose,” talk about your experiences in Yahad, announce feasts and bootcamps positively, whether you are planning to go or not, use titles when appropriate (if you don’t know them, “brother” or “sister” is always appropriate), thank members for supporting the ministry, talk about the mission outreaches (JS University in Haiti, Bingi Cooperative in Uganda and Prison Ministry in Ohio), etc.
One cannot say they have nothing to speak of when hosting.
Use the Chat – for news and links and whatever you think of. Let everyone in the room know where to go. Everyone looks at the chat, for it is a silent way to inform and opine. It would also be very good if you could keep you avatar up so attendees can see how spruced up you are!
There is plenty here to work on. If your time is limited, work on eliminating distractions first, then go on.