I was in a meeting the other day where the presenter had a lot of good information. It was strong stuff. However, I looked around the room and noticed - NOBODY is listening! They were all on their phones, checking email, daydreaming, or doodling. It wasn't because the presenter didn't have good, solid information to share. It was because he was a POOR communicator. If he had put half as much effort into his presentation as he obviously had in researching his info, it would have turned out much differently.
When you step in front of a group (whether that is kids, your adult leaders, or the adults in your congregation), are you an effective communicator? You may answer yes, but what would your audience say?
No matter what audience you are in front of, you have to do everything you can to grab their attention and hold it for the appropriate amount of time. Your goal is to COMMUNICATE, not just talk.
I love this list from the late Zig Ziglar, who was one of the top professional speakers in America for decades. Here are his ten guidelines for becoming an effective communicator:
Being an effective communicator is so much more than just talking. If you correctly use these ten points from Zig, you can go a long way toward reaching and moving your audience. What about you? Which of these do you struggle with? Which do you do well? Leave a comment and enter the discussion!