CNLP 301: Albert Tate on How to Add Humour to Your Talks, a Conversation About Porn and Sex, and Handling the Pressures of Leadership

Albert Tate is one of the funniest conference speakers and preachers around today. In this episode, Albert breaks down how he finds comedic moments and how to deliver them.

In addition, Albert talks candidly about his struggle with porn, deep accountability, sex and how to handle the pressures of leadership.

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3 Insights from Albert

1. Comedians see the elephant in the room, and they call it out

Want to be more funny when you give a sermon or speech? The first thing he tries to do is find the funny or awkward “elephant in the room” and point it out from the stage. When he conveys comedy through real situations, it builds another level of trust with the audience.

The reason Albert does this is because he knows that he has to win the audience over in the first 60 seconds of his speech, otherwise they won’t listen to him for the rest of his talk. Some people hook the audience with humor, some with storytelling, and some communicators will use other methods, but every great communicator finds a way to connect with their audience early on.

2. We have to bring application to our audience and get specific

Albert has noticed that many pastors do a great job of bringing the information about the text to our congregations in our sermons, but we don’t always bring the best application to our people. In general, he has noticed that many black preachers naturally bring application, and many white preachers don’t.

He traces his heavy emphasis on application back to how Jesus communicated his message to the people of his day. Jesus used a lot of farming illustrations because he was speaking to a lot of farmers, and people could visualize exactly what he was saying and apply it directly to their lives. Albert hopes to do the same with the students, parents, and professionals in his audiences.

3. Sometimes the enemy uses us to bolster an insecurities our spouse carries

When you look at the story of the fall in Genesis, there is a specific way that the snake speaks to the woman to get her to disobey God. Albert has noticed that sometimes we, as spouses, can speak in the same tone of voice as the snake to our significant other. Sometimes the enemy uses our actions and words to reinforce an insecurity he has already placed in us.

One common way that this happens is with pornography. If the enemy/snake has been sowing seeds of insecurity in your wife about her appearance or self-worth, it would make sense for him to use your pornography addiction to confirm what he has speaking to her. We have to learn to fight this as pastors and leaders.

Quotes from Episode 301

God uses the ministry of laughter to deepen the word in our souls. @alberttate Click To Tweet

A lot of communicators know how to read the paper, but they need to be trained on how to read the room. @alberttate Click To Tweet

The word of God is worthy of a great setup. @alberttate Click To Tweet

How can you do something so holy and beautiful and then still be so empty? @alberttate Click To Tweet

God isn't cheap, he's not quick, and he's not a fix. @alberttate Click To Tweet

If you want to have authentic fun, you've got to have authentic freedom. @alberttate Click To Tweet

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CNLP 301: Albert Tate on How to Add Humour to Your Talks, a Conversation About Porn and Sex, and Handling the Pressures of Leadership


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