Ten Tips to Keep Members Talking

Use the right mechanic: Christ can pinpoint what is wrong and why it is wrong.

Jack it up: Lift your attitude in prayer. The Holy Spirit can help you avoid the patterns that cause wear and tear.

Replace it. Change your patterns by meditating on the goodness of God in Scripture readings and Spirit of Prophecy writings. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Phil. 4:8, NKJV).

Get back on the road: Put your new positive attitude into practice. Smile. “Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light” (Ps. 37:5, 6).

Ten Tips to Keep Members Talking

  1. Keep questions and comments short and simple. 
  2. Be clear about expectations. Don’t keep them guessing. 
  3. Wait for answers. Allow plenty of response time. 
  4. Begin with knowledge questions: “What do you recall?” Move to discussion and comprehension questions: “Why did . . .?” or “How did that . . .?” Then seek application: “How does this affect you?” 
  5. Give positive feedback. Smile and say “Thank you,” “Good thinking,” or just plain “Uh-huh.” 
  6. Instead of rephrasing their answers, let students be the ones to make points. 
  7. Ask follow-up questions. 
  8. Write main points on the board so all can see. (Most people are visual learners.) 
  9. 9Assume a “They must increase; I must decrease” attitude. 
  10. Try active learning. Have students do something, then talk about it.

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