Communication is such a vital part of today's world - we are bombarded with thousands of media-transferred messages every day. But with thousands of messages comes confusion. Clarity when talking of ideas and concepts are rare. Public speaking, as exemplified by politicians, has become the science of sound bites for that 5-second media slot. Communication in today's society is not equipping us for public speaking. Christianity communicates ideas that need to be thought through, contemplated and reflected upon. Christians use words because God uses words. He is interested in verbal and written communication. He communicates ideas about himself primarily to us in his written word, the Bible. So if you are faced with an event or occasion when public speaking is needed you may find yourself in need of a helping hand. How to speak at special events can help - because it is written by experts in their field. But before you can prepare an effective talk, you have to prepare yourself and your material. It's not just a case of throwing some jokes and Bible stories together and hoping. How to speak at special events will guide you step-by-step along the way. If you want to make an effective impact at a special event then you need How to speak at special events. Contributors: Rev Dr Sam Chan Prior to his theological training at Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC), and the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, Sam practised medicine. At SMBC, Sam lectures in preaching, ethics and theology. He is ordained in the Chinese Christian Fellowship Church. Sam's PhD examined speech act theory in the area of preaching. Canon John Chapman John is an evangelist who, before retiring, worked with the Anglican Church in Sydney. The author of many books including A Fresh Start and Know and Tell the Gospel, John has taught evangelism at Sydney Missionary and Bible College and Moore Theological College. Rev Stuart Coulton. Stuart is the Pastoral Vice-Principal at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. Stuart practised law before spending 15 years in parish ministry. At SMBC he lectures in church history, pastoral care and theology and has had extensive involvement with Katoomba Christian Conventions in Australia. Mr Jonathan Dykes Jonathan is the Associate Director of the Sydney Missionary and Bible College School of Preaching. Prior to this role, Jonathan gained wide experience in preaching though parish work, and an evangelistic ministry to business workers in Sydney. He lectures at SMBC in preaching subjects and is a regular preacher at Christian conventions. Bishop Dudley Foord Dudley has a lifetime of pastoral, chaplaincy and teaching experience as well as holding doctorates in ministry and divinity. He served as Bishop of the Church of England in South Africa in the 1980s. In recent years Dudley has worked as a consultant in evangelism and church ministries. Rev Ray Galea Ray is the pastor of the Multicultural Bible Ministry, an Anglican church in Sydney's western suburbs. He ministers particularly to second generation Mediterranean and Middle Eastern people in that area. Ray is also a visiting faculty member for the SMBC School of Preaching. His book Nothing in My Hand I Bring was recently published in Sydney. Mrs Sandy Galea Sandy has extensive experience teaching children at church (where she works with her husband Ray), through Christian camping, kids' clubs and beach missions. She also trains children's workers. Sandy has written hundreds of children's talks. Her book, Children's Talks - A Practical Guide (SMBC Press), shares insights from her work. Rev Simon Manchester Simon is the senior minister of a large Anglican church in North Sydney. He can also be heard preaching regularly on a popular Sydney radio station, and writes for several Christian journals. Simon is a well-known conference speaker throughout Australia and overseas. Rev Richard Newton Richard is school chaplain at The Armidale School, a large Anglican boys' high school in northern New South Wales. Prior to studying at Sydney Missionary and Bible College he worked as a schoolteacher. For some years Richard has directed the high school youth programmes at Katoomba Christian Conventions. Ms Jenny Salt As Dean of Women, Jenny is responsible for the pastoral care of single women at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. She is also on the faculty of the School of Preaching, with a particular emphasis on training women. Jenny regularly speaks at women's events and conferences throughout Australia. Ms Sue Steele-Smith Sue lectures in church history and Christian education at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. Previously, she worked in full time parish ministry with women, children and overseas students at a Presbyterian church in Sydney. Sue has an educational background, having taught science and English as a second language. Rev Grant Thorp Grant is the senior minister at Randwick Presbyterian Church in Sydney and has also pastored churches in rural New South Wales. He is also a well-known speaker at Christian conventions throughout Australia. Grant is a visiting faculty member in the Sydney Missionary and Bible College School of Preaching. Dr Leigh Trevaskis Leigh holds a doctorate in veterinary science from Sydney University, and a Master of Divinity through Sydney Missionary and Bible College. He is currently completing a PhD in Old Testament, and following that will join the faculty at Queensland Theological College.