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CCLP 020: Danielle Strickland on Becoming a Great Communicator, Knowing When It’s Time to Move On and Being a Rebel At Heart

In many eyes (including mine), Danielle Strickland is one of the best communicators of our generation, and she’s Canadian.

Danielle talks about how she discovered she was a communicator, walks us through her preparation process for speaking and preaching, and talks about how being a teenage rebel prepared her to serve in an established church structure.

Welcome to Episode 020 of the podcast, which you can access on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

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3 Insights from This Episode

1. It’s not disloyal to leave when God calls you somewhere new

Knowing if the time has come to transition to something new can be difficult. If you’ve been rooted somewhere for a long time, not only are you leaving a place of comfort, there’s a sense of loyalty that comes with the cause you’ve been committed to for years.

It’s not disloyal to leave when God is calling you somewhere new. God doesn’t box people in. Consider where you’ve been as the place He intended you to grow and prepare for wherever He’s leading you next.

2. Take time to think through your messages so they connect with the listeners

Message prep and delivery go hand-in-hand and Danielle is a pro at both. She speaks with a goal of fully connecting her audience to the story in a way that’s colorful and relatable. Here’s how she breaks it down.

Part 1: The Marinade – Find a good talk and marinade in it for a while until you know where you want to go with it.

Part 2: The Prep – Prepare and research so that you can fully back up the point you want to make.

Part 3: The Delivery – Connect parts 1 & 2 so that the people hearing the message go on a journey with you.

Find out more on Danielle’s podcast episodes: Cooking Up a Good Talk: Parts 1, 2 & 3.

3. Don’t become paralyzed by the big picture

Danielle’s best advice to leaders is to do what’s right in front of you.

The call you feel inside doesn’t necessarily have to take you miles away to answer it. Most likely, there’s something on a local level close by where you can invest your time and gifts immediately.

If there’s something you want to be, act on it and live it out, because stories come from experiences. Don’t be paralyzed by the big picture.

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CCLP 020: Danielle Strickland on Becoming a Great Communicator, Knowing When It’s Time to Move On and Being a Rebel At Heart


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  3. Steven Ibbotson on June 8, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Appreciate you sharing in a straight-forward way why the Canadian Church Leaders Podcast is not continuing for the foreseeable future. You did not try to “spiritualize” the answer which was appreciated.
    It has been valuable.

    I did notice one thing that was part of the rationale: not much feedback/interaction with CCLP. You also noted that there was not interaction between CCL conferences as you had hoped (and thus a break for 2019). Is this a common concern among Cdn Church Leaders? Even when they are “brought together” (in person or virtually), for some reason, they do not interact with one another?

  4. Kathy M on June 7, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    “It’s not disloyal for a grown child to leave home” — YES, the podcast was worth that story alone (and I haven’t even finished listening yet)! I struggle with transitions and tend to overstay my “grace” in a given position, so that anecdote really spoke to me.

    • Mike on June 8, 2018 at 10:54 am

      I would be very interested in hearing Danielle exegete 1corinthians. Especially chapter 14.

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