If you are a Jewish educator or rabbi, you may have received training in public speaking. Refining speaking and presentation skills is heavily featured in Ner LeElef’s many training programs.

Still, for many of us, the words espoused by George Jessel may very much resonate on a daily basis. Jessel wrote that, “the human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.”

Let’s be honest. We can become overwhelmed and/or rusty. And so, we encourage you to watch the following video in its entirety as it offers five of the most essential secrets to a great speech/presentation. Below, we will summarize what we believe are the three most important take-away from the video.


  1. Nowadays, people learn best in twenty-minute chunks. This is especially true for people who are involved in education or outreach that involves tweens, teens, and young adults.
  2. People will imitate your emotions and feel your feelings. If you’re passionate about your topic—let alone Torah in general—this excitement will be contagious for the audience. Let your passion out—don’t hold back!
  3. If you want people to act, CALL THEM TO ACTION! At the end of your class or fundraising presentation, be very specific about exactly what  type of introspection or donation you would expect from the people that comprise your audience.

If you’d like to read more on public speaking checkout this NLE blog post.

What are some of the best methods that you use to be an effective public speaker? Let us know in the comments below.

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