Episode 098 -- Skip the Welcome + Speaking & Preaching with Dylan Dodson

2-Minute Tip -- Tell a story to Open


The beginning of a talk is when you have the maximum audience attention. Don't squander it welcomes, thank yous, and introductions. Instead, tell a story to engage your audience at the very start.


Think about a band coming out on stage. They don't start with banter. They go right into a big opening number to get everyone excited for the rest of the show. Try the same thing with your audience.


You can come back to introductions 3 or 4 minutes in.


Post Tip Discussion: Speaking and Preaching with Dylan Dodson


Whether you're speaking in the secular world or the religious world, the principles behind effective public speaking are the same -- define your message, prepare and rehearse your talk, and connect with your audience to ensure the message lands. That's never more clear than in this conversation with Dylan Dodson.


As a pastor, Dylan delivers a different 30 minute sermon every week. To do that effectively takes disciple and a process. He shares his content development process in this chat as we look at how he manages the 6-week development process for each talk he delivers.


Dylan Dodson HeadshotStorytelling, brevity, making an impact on your audience -- it's all in here. The lessons we talk about this week are as valuable for the corporate conference room or keynote stage as they are for pulpit or altar.


Dylan Dodson is the lead pastor of New City Church in Raleigh, NC. where he lives with his wife Christina, daughter Finley, and son Roman. He's a big sports fan who likes to read and learn, spend time with people, and talks about Jersey Mike's with anyone who will listen.


Dylan's Processes


Dylan has a 6-week lead time for each of his sermons. Since he delivers a new one every week, that means there are 6 in various stages of development at any given time. He manages it with this schedule:


  • T-6 Weeks
    • Define the message
    • Meet with the rest of the team
    • Outline it on the white board
  • T-4 Weeks
    • Meet with the music team
    • Incorporate the announcements for the week
  • T-1 Week
    • Go over it 4-5 times
    • Plug in additional stories
    • Make final Tweaks
  • T-6 Days
    • Pull the outline and notes out of Google Docs and put them on the whiteboard
    • Begin whittling it down
    • Identify content for slides
  • T-5 Days
    • Go over the sermon out loud
    • Cut material
  • T-3 Days
    • Finalize the content
    • Review it out loud again
  • T-1 Day
    • Review it for 15-20 minutes that evening
  • T-1 Hour
    • Arrive early to look and pray over the content a final time
  • T-0
    • It's GO TIME!
      • Or I suppose, it's GOD TIME!


To make the process more manageable, Dylan also has an outline he uses to build his sermons. To build each one, he asks theses 5 questions:


  1. What does the congregation need to know?
  2. Why do they need to know it?
  3. What do they need to do?
  4. Why do they need to do it?
  5. What is the bottom line I want them to walk away with?




Dylan's website


Practical Church Planting Podcast


Dylan on Twitter


New City Church


New City Church on YouTube



Call To Action


  • Visit the links above to learn more about Dylan, his podcast, or his church
  • Try opening your next talk with a story
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