For those who may not know Chelsie Hightower, she was recently a semifinalist on the popular television dance series “So You Think You Can Dance.” She made it to be one of the top three girls on the nationally syndicated show, which is quite an achievement. She also happens to be a member of my ward. In fact, in the first episode of her audition they featured a clip filmed in her home and the recreational areas of the same residential complex in which I live. She also is an excellent ballroom dancer, a talent and sport which I have been involved with and have personally competed in for many years.
Chelsie was asked to give a talk in our sacrament meeting today. Having shortly returned from filming the show live in Los Angeles, I can only surmise that they asked her to speak on her experiences dancing on the show. The stake president was invited to the meeting and was on the stand presiding. I’d like to share some of the things that she related which I thought were very thoughtful and honest.
Part 3.5 (Using Analogies) here. Part 3 (Style) here. Part 2 (Arrangement) here. Part 1.5 (Sources) here. Part 1 (Invention) here. Part 0 (introduction) here.
Sorry this is so late.
Memory is the most overlooked aspect of giving a great talk. Write your talk out (whether by hand or on a computer) and you have it handy. No need to memorize it. At General Conference, the GAs even use teleprompters. So, there’s clearly no need to memorize your talk, right?
Wrong (sort of).
Part 3 here. Part 2 here. Part 1.5 here. Part 1 here. Part 0 here.
Analogies, metaphors, similes, allegories, etc. all can work well in a sacrament meeting talk (or gospel lesson). They can also be where the talk (or lesson) fails completely. Because Jesus taught in parables (which, when asked, Jesus interpreted allegorically), these types of teaching tools have the highest possible endorsement. But caution is also warranted.
Part 2 here. Part 1.5 here. Part 1 here. Part 0 here.
I feel like Douglas Adams, trying to squeeze five books into a trilogy. This one will be split into two (or maybe three) parts.
Part 1.5 here. Part 1 here. Part 0 here.
Now that you have all of your sources in order, it’s time to arrange them. The standard idea of having an introduction, a body, and a conclusion works well for sacrament meeting talks. Introductions and conclusions are often overlooked, even though they can make an otherwise good talk seem great.