As I have led a Bible Study for new believers over the past five weeks, I have had to study very hard to prepare a concise and precise lesson for the participants. In this process I have been reminded of the value of beginning to prepare early and working a little bit every day, versus preparing last minute and preparing a lot for only a few days before the teaching.
I have noticed that when I prepare the content early and work on it a little bit everyday it helps me retain the content better and allows me to be positively influenced by the material I am about to teach. There have been a few weeks when I was very pressed for time to prepare, and most of my preparation came only a few days before the lesson. Those lessons did not have time to marinate inside of me, and the result, I felt, was less of a personalized message that my group could hear.
This is a principle I have known for a long-time but have had trouble implementing while maintaining my prayer time, keeping family a high priority, working full-time, attending school, and teaching a Bible study. But now, having taught over the past five weeks and worked hard to prepare good lessons, I have been reminded that I need to start early and work a little every day.
When you as a leader work to get ready for talk or to cast vision, take time to work on your talk a little bit every day. Work on slow and steady over a long period of time, and you will probably see good results.