After preaching this morning at a local Church of Christ and then this afternoon at the Sudanese church communication has been on my mind.
This morning was a ‘repeat’ sermon, something I find both easy and difficult – easy because I know it, but difficult because I haven’t had to work it thru as tightly as a new one.
Then this afternoon I had my first time speaking to a group of African people. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I prepared a sermon, but after arriving had that gut feel that I should change it. So with 5 minutes to go I scribbled an outline of a new message and gave it a shake. Seemed to go ok.
So here are some quotes I came across that reflect 3 qualities I reckon are vital in a good communicator, passion, humour, conciseness
Don’t memorize, internalize. – David Brooks
Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent. – Dionysius Of Halicarnassus
Learning is directly proportional to the amount of fun you have. – Robert Pike
Always be shorter than anybody dared to hope. – Lord Reading
Grasp the subject, the words will follow. – Cato the Elder
Once you get people laughing, they’re listening and you can tell them almost anything. – Herbert Gardner
The eloquent man is he who is no beautiful speaker, but who is inwardly and desperately drunk with a certain belief. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. – Carl W. Buechner
Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening. – Dorothy Sarnoff
I reckon if you observe these then chances are people will enjoy whatever you have to say!
Sudanese – Africa – coffee.
End of message.
Seriously though did you mention that you are a home coffee roaster?
Wise words from wise people. I like Emerson’s best!
“A good man always knows his limitations”
Dirty Harry: Magnum Force
“Don’t memorize, internalize. – David Brooks” is the one I always try to keep in mind. But as sojourner said, “A good man always knows his limitations” – mine is large groups. Give me a class to speak to any day, but I avoid standing up in front of entire congregations as much as I can.
I’m sure you did well.
I spoke to a Sudanese group a few months back with an interpreter. Making allowance for the interpretation, I prepared about 20 minutes worth thinking it would take twice as long. I remember feeling totally bamboozled by the fact that the interpreter began talking almost immediately as I did and finished just second after me. My 20 minutes lasted just that, much to the disappointment of the audience used to much longer preaching. Oh well.
Great to meet you last Friday, mate. Thanks for being there.
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