Apologies for no posts over the last three days. I was expecing to have internet access where I was, but didn’t.
I was leading a session on preaching with a great group of folks yesterday. We were considering what listeners value in a communicator. Honesty. Real-ness. Vulnerability. Eye-contact. Authenticity. I wonder if a previous generation might have listed different things? Good word choice. Presence. Style. Power. Attractive voice. Something else?
Perhaps authenticity has always been important, but it seems to be especially so today. People don’t want to hear well-prepared but trafficked truth. People don’t appreciate a presentation at arms length from Bible to listener, but by-passing the heart and life of the preacher. As has always been the case, good preachers are transformed by the text before offering the text to others.
All this does not mean that speakers shouldn’t present well, clearly, effectively, even powerfully. It does mean that every element of delivery has to be genuine, natural and authentic. And that’s one of the challenges of delivery . . . it is not natural to stand in front of a group of people and speak naturally. Hence the need to work on delivery to help it become more natural. As I tend to say in the delivery workshops I sometimes run – the goal is not to perform, the goal is to let the natural you come through!