A Challenge for Public Speakers
The cartoon from earlier today was inspired by something I read years ago that I've tried to apply ever since, and that is that I should only speak or teach what I actually believe or know to be true. If there was always such a visible warning displayed to our listeners that we could be talking bull, I think we would be a lot more thoughtful and careful. Give it a shot this Sunday or whenever. I remember my first time, and it was a frightening experience. There were many times I completely stalled. It's still a challenge for me. So, here's a ten point challenge I'm putting out to all of you public speakers out there:
- If it doesn't stir your own heart or mind, dump it or work on it until it does.
- Talk like you talk at home.
- Avoid clich√©s.
- Don't raise your voice, use gestures, or move around just for effect.
- Speak as if you are handling mysteries and don't know the whole truth.
- Avoid insider language, like "Christianese".
- Don't succumb to the pressure to speak what is expected of you.
- Share a serious doubt or struggle you yourself are experiencing.
- Speak across, not down.
- Teach only what you actually know to be true.