4 Guaranteed Way To Regain Your Audience - When You've Lost Them - Shot in Delhi

Jul 31, 2018

We all like to think that we can keep our audiences spellbound with our preaching and teaching.  But, no matter how good you are, no matter how many years you've been teaching, there will be times when you look down into the audience and see people nodding off, distracted, whispering or surfing the net.

To continue the way you have been going means that you waste their time and yours because frankly they are not going to remember anything more that you say.  

What can you do?

Here are 4 very simple methods for regaining your audience.  4 simple ways to go from boring to "What did he just say?!!"

May you use these to more effectively communicate our Lord's gospel.



Dr. Vance Hardisty


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THE foundation for impact! It really ISN"T about us.

Jul 24, 2018

We've read it.  

We've taught it.

But do we actually realize the power of humility.  Demonstrated humility.  Humility in action.

I was in Punjab, working with about 150 pastors and what the Lord led me to do changed everything.



Dr. Vance Hardisty

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Change Your Filters

Jul 19, 2018

How many times do we allow our surroundings to dictate our emotions, perception and attitudes?  

And yet, if we look closely, the only reason the problems and garbage of life so impact us is because we are making life all about us - our comfort, our desires, our expectations.  The result is a frustrating and self focused life.  The cure?  simply changing our filters through which we view our circumstances.  

If we are willing to change our filters we will change our lives.

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The LAST and MOST IMPORTANT lesson Jesus ever taught

Jun 20, 2018

Jesus thought this was so important that with just a few hours left to live, he didn't just teach the disciples, he demonstrated it.  

If Jesus thought servant leadership was that important, I think it is fair to step back and say, we teach it, preach it but do we live it each and every day.  I know that it is not something that we can take for granted.  Our society, our humanity, everything around us screams that being a servant is crazy, yet Christ, at death's door challenged the heart of the world's system.

Are we willing to take a long hard and honest look at ourselves and ask, "Are we being obedient to the calling and example of Christ?"



Dr. Vance Hardisty

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Know - Think - Do - These 3 things are a MUST - BEFORE you speak!

Jun 14, 2018

The message doesn't begin when we get up front.  Hours before we start to speak, these three habits form the foundation for significant impact.  If you over look these three, you will be blindsided often.



Dr. Vance Hardisty

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Pastors, Teachers - How can you be Christ to people who want to talk to you AFTER you speak? Here's how.

May 24, 2018

You've finished your message, you have a line of people who want to speak with you but, there is that person who seems to go on and on, or you are exhausted, or there are guests and visitors that you should meet.

How can you deal with the reasons that we as pastors tend to use that cause us not to give that person who is in front of us our 100% undivided attention?  There is a solution - a powerful one.



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Pastors and Teachers - You MUST do this one thing AFTER you preach

May 15, 2018

Often, when we finish a message, sermon or presentation, we sit down and figure our job is finished.  But that is far from the truth.  

When the service ends we mingle with the crowd and greet people who come to shake our hands and there is one thing that we do that will either tell people to believe us, or forget everything that we just said.

People don't even realize that they are looking for this, but they are.  Subconsciously this plays a huge role in our ability to minister and relate to people.  Subconsciously, this tells people whether we are real or fake.  Subconsciously this tells people whether they should believe us, or throw away everything that we just said.

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They said, "It's not about being exciting - it's about the Word of God!" Wrong!

May 08, 2018

Over the last few months, I sent out surveys to 1000's of pastors, asking them what they believe they should do in order to make their messages exciting, messages that gripped the audience and kept them focused.  

A number of people wrote me and said that it was not about being exciting, it was about the Word of God.  I whole heartedly disagree.  If you have a message that has changed your life, that will change the lives of people to whom you speak and do so on an eternal basis, then it must be exciting and it will show up in four places immediately, as you communicate.

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Ex-Felons can be the most incredible blessing!

May 02, 2018

This is the reason why we share Christ - changed lives!  

This morning I had one of those phone calls that puts you on cloud nine.  It was from a man who came from prison to my job site and worked for me.  Along the way, he found Christ, then he stole my truck, committed another felony and went back to prison.  

I continued to visit him, and over the next year, his life changed.  As I stayed in touch with him, he continued to grow, and this phone call was one of those milestones.  


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Never do these things - I did all 4 on Sunday - It wasn't good

Apr 25, 2018

Confession time.  

So I spoke at the first church and the pastor liked my message so much he asked me to speak in his place at a neighboring church that afternoon.  I agreed.

We had guests who had just flown in from East Asia, so the afternoon was terribly rushed. I arrived at the second church about 5 to 10 minutes before the service began, and that's why the problems began.  I gave the media guy my screen program, they pointed out where my mic was, and I waited to be announced. 

Since I had very little time to talk to the pastor ahead of time, he knew very little about me an was not able to tell people why I was speaking.

Because I was not able to do a complete sound check, my opening illustration, which had so powerfully captured the audience in the morning, was interrupted 3 times because the sound wasn't working correctly.

Because I didn't do a media check, they couldn't get the computer to work with my presentation, so I was interrupted all...

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