Become a Master of Multi-sensory Experiences

Tuesday’s teaching tip is sensational – literally. It’s about using the senses to unlock a group member’s mind in order to serve that person and communicate biblical truth. “Each sense organ is a gateway to the mind of the pupil. The mind attends to that which makes a powerful appeal to the senses” (The Seven Laws of Teaching, pp.32-34). Our five senses are a gateway to our minds. If you want to get truth into a person’s mind, you must do it using one or more of the five senses.

In the book Talk Like Ted, nine “secrets” of effective communicators are discussed. One of them is the skill of using multi-sensory experiences to communicate more effectively. It’s a skill that all good communicators possess. If you’re going to be an effective Bible teacher, it’s one you’re going to have to master this well.

“The brain does not pay attention to boring things. It’s nearly impossible to be bored if you are exposed to mesmerizing images, captivating videos, intriguing props, beautiful words, and more than one voice bringing the story to life…the brain craves multi-sensory experiences. Your audience might not be able to explain why they love your presentation; it will be your little secret.” (Talk Like Ted, pp.204-205).

As you craft your Bible study, think about ways you can use people’s senses to communicate biblical truth. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. What interesting objects can I use to illustrate a point?
  2. What smells might I introduce through the use of candles or other means?
  3. What visuals will I use?
  4. What sounds or music will I incorporate into the Bible study?
  5. Are there any foods or tastes that I can allow my group members to experience in order to help them understand a particular part of the study?

Do this regularly, and you’ll be on your way to becoming a master of multi-sensory experiences!

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