Liz Curtis Higgs has one goal: to help people embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon. Her messages are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth, and profoundly funny, helping sisters and seekers experience the depth of God’s love. Liz is the author of 36 books with 4.6 million copies in print, including her nonfiction bestsellers, Bad Girls of the Bible and The Women of Easter, and her New York Times best-selling novel, Mine Is the Night. Liz has spoken for Women of Faith, Extraordinary Women, Women of Joy, and 1,700 other Christian conferences in all 50 states of the U.S. and 15 foreign countries.
Read about Liz in the March 17, 2017 edition of Leading Hearts Magazine
Lori: When God first called you to tell your faith story through public speaking – how did you respond and why?
LIZ: I’d known the Lord for all of nine months when my pastor asked me to share my testimony for a Thanksgiving Eve service. Since I didn’t grow up with that tradition, I wasn’t entirely sure what a testimony was. Surely he wasn’t asking me to tell everyone at our church about my Bad Girl past?! Yes, he surely was. I was a nervous wreck that Wednesday night in November. Couldn’t eat for three days. Thought I was going to pass out. Tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth. But when I got up to speak, I had such a sense of peace, realizing God was in charge, not Lizzie. What a relief.
Lori: You’ve been on every stage imaginable. Have you ever felt fear or rejection? If so, how did you push through it?
LIZ: I was secretly terrified for my first five hundred presentations. And I still have a butterfly or two when I walk out on a big stage. You can only push through if you believe with all your heart that God has called and equipped you to do this ministry, and that His power alone makes it possible. The key is to make it all about Him and all the about the audience and not at all about you. Speakers are conduits for His love and mercy and truth. Period. Since God is the One who opens the doors for us to speak, we can trust Him to prepare the hearts of our audiences. He knows where He wants us, who will be there, and what needs to be said. Our responsibility is to prepare, pray, and show up.
Lori: What is one of your favorite speaking tips to share?
LIZ: This is crazy basic, but it never fails to help me stay focused on the audience. I address one person at a time, making eye contact and holding it. Maybe nodding slightly until they nod back. It’s subtle, but it keeps me grounded. As for the rest of the audience, they will have a sense that you are looking right at them too, whether or not there’s a big screen to capture your engagement. I pick a different person each time, letting the Holy Spirit lead. After all, we’re not speaking to 5,000 people. We’re speaking to one person and their 4,999 friends.
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