If you are like me you may have a very hard time getting out what you want to say. I talk for a living so I am constantly evaluating how I deliver my message and since I am not John F. Kennedy and don’t look as good as George Clooney I need all the help I can get. The Bible has a story about Joseph who delivered a powerful and helpful speech to the ruler of the world. Here are some clues we can take from his speech.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.
Joseph started off by making sure pharaoh knew that God deserved any and all glory for what he was about to say, in a day when less and less speakers are humble this is especially refreshing for the audience to hear. I have listened to a lot of preachers and nothing is worse than when a preacher spends all his time trying to tell everyone how he is their example of perfection.
And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one. And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine. This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh. (Genesis 41:25-28 KJV)
Joseph could have used the opportunity to point out everything wrong with Pharaoh and his agricultural policy and torn down everyone involved he could have railed against the system instead he pointed out the negative in an honest and open way and then moved to the positive of the situation and that situation was what God was going to do.
Get to the point
Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt: And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land; And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous. And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass. (Genesis 41:29-32 KJV)
Joseph opened up with humility and positivity and then got straight to the point.
Offer a solution
Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine. (Genesis 41:33-36 KJV)
There is nothing worse than knowing you have a problem but never not finding a solution. I think this is one of the major problems with most political and religious speeches today.