Creative Leadership

Speakers: Edit Yourself and Leave Us Asking for More.

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?


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  1. I was watching a service over the net the other night where a Christian artist performed at a church and afterwards got up to ask the congregation for an offering. Just before the plates were passed the pastor got up and told the people he would also be asking for an offering for the church. How would you know who to give to and why do people do this? When I see things like this I want to scream.

  2. This past Sunday our Senior pastor tried to communicate the story of a major biblical character, but ended up giving too much info. I was left wondering what the main point was (and I knew what it was supposed to be).
    I will be thinking through this each time I prepare to speak! Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Oh, and by the way, if you can’t convey a message in its entirety in 25 minutes please don’t preach or go back to school and figure out how to get it done. Think about how long it takes to read the sermon on the mount, what Jesus accomplished in that short time and then measure your next message against that. Should be a decent comparison.

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