We have all heard that practice makes perfect! That is partially true, but practice makes permanent. We all practice things that we think are important, like our golf game or driving skills. Do we practice what is most important? Do you practice your preaching and teaching? Think about it, preaching is probably more important than your drive distance! Most preachers and teachers do almost nothing to get better.
Jeremiah 48:10 says, “Cursed be the one that does the Lord’s work negligently…” Would you call it negligence to neglect improving your preaching and teaching in the name of Jesus? In his book, The Exceptional Presenter, Timothy J. Koegel said: “No matter what your skill level-no matter what your presentation comfort level-you can become exceptional.” We can all get better, no matter your communicative ability. If you communicate the Word of God you should be striving to improve!
One way to improve is to watch yourself on video. Early on this is painful, but you will get used to it. Most people hate it so much that they quit after a few attempts. In a recent survey on how people view presentations, results showed 7% of effectiveness was due to words used and 93% was determined by voice and non-verbals. Your communicating can get better, big time, if you will work at it.
“If our non-verbal communication contradicts, rather than supports, our message, we can be confident, yet look nervous and tentative. We can be prepared, yet look woefully unprepared. We can be an expert, yet have the presence of a novice. We can be passionate, yet appear apathetic. We can be genuine, yet sound insincere.” Lee Iacocca said, “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get those ideas across, they don’t do anybody any good.”
Some of us believe that our preaching and teaching is so spiritual or that it should not even be discussed. Sad for the listeners, and even sadder for those who miss the message due to poor presentations!
I have a grammarian who helps me try to speak with proper English every week. Right doctrine and Word with poor grammar is ignored by the educated.
Let’s get better. Tomorrow I will list more ways to improve.