Most preachers have been there. We look out, heads are bowed before cellular alters. The audience is distracted or bored, or both. Our sermon style could be a factor.
Peter Arvai, founder and CEO of Prezi, gives some excellent insight into why a talk fails in his article, Four Reasons Why Nobody’s Paying Attention To Your Presentation (see here for highlighted article in Evernote).
I learned that visuals enhancement engagement, whereas text-laden slides hinder an audience’s connection. Also, using metaphor and descriptive language makes a talk ‘sticky‘, as does inviting listeners into the presentation through questions.
The Rest of the List
- The Weight & Joy of Being a Pastor: Preaching by
- Sermon Planning Strategy b
- 6 Secrets Wise Leaders Know About the Power of Delegating via Leadershipfreak.wordpress.com
- All About Those Hands – How To Use Gestures In Your Next Speech by Dr. Jim Anderson
- Should You Interact with Your Audience or Just Hold Forth? by Nick Morgan
- Telling Stories is not Preaching by John Frye
- How to Increase the Spiritual Return on a Sermon by Charles Stone