I went to a fundraising banquet recently. It was a nice affair as far as banquets go. The music was good, and the keynote speaker was excellent. Everything was going well until the ministry leader stood up to cast the vision for the project. An hour and a half later I wanted to shoot him. Looking around the room people were in agony. After all, they had already sat through dinner, a couple of songs, and an unending keynote address.
All the ministry leader needed to do was spend 10 minutes showing the need, and then ask for donations. But by the time the long winded leader was through, the last thing the audience was interested in was donating. They wanted to run from the room.
If you’re a pastor, executive, leader, or speaker of any kind – learn to edit yourself! Always leave people wanting more – not wondering when you’ll quit.
Put yourself in their seat. The tougher you are on yourself – filtering your content, judging what’s important, and refining your talk – the better off you’ll be, and the more the audience will enjoy it and benefit from it.
Anyone else experience this?