If you’ve ever spoken in front a group, tried to motivate a team, or if you prepare messages almost every week like many of us do, you’ve probably wondered what makes for a great talk.
In fact, you’ve probably asked questions like these:
What’s the difference between a talk that flops and a talk that people still buzz about years later?
What’s the difference between a merely good message and incredibly great message?
What’s the difference between a sermon that changes someone’s life and one that no one can remember even as they drive out of the parking lot?
If you’re like me, those questions might even bother you.
I hope they do. They haunt me.
And yet every week gifted communicators kill the messages they bring by making at least 7 predictable, fixable mistakes.
The good news is that once you identify the mistakes, though, you can address them.
7 Ways Communicators Kill Their Messages
I’m writing from the perspective of a Christian who speaks. And as I wrote about here, I realize that the Holy Spirit is involved in a special way when we speak. He redeems terrible talks and converts people through his power, not our persuasive words. I get that.
But that shouldn’t be your fall back week after week.
The Holy Spirit’s work is not an excuse for laziness. It’s also no excuse for failing to develop a skill set that supports your gifting.
So if you’re at all interested in honing your gift set, identify and then address the 7 mistakes communicators make that almost always kill a message: