"I am the vine; you are the branches." (John 15:5)

Great Communicators Focus on the Listener

It’s a funny thing, but sometimes speakers forget that communication is about the hearer, not the speaker. If you’re not convinced that is true, turn on your TV (pretty much any time of day or night right now…) and listen to almost every political speech. While pretending to inform us, they really just talk about themselves and offer little or nothing of value to the listener.

The goal of communication is for there to be information transfer between the person talking and the person listening. If you’ve ever felt trapped by someone at a party talking to you about something that you don’t know, understand or have any desire to understand, you know the feeling. People can feel similarly while sitting in a small group if we aren’t giving them something of value.

The great news here is that the solution is quite simple!

Step 1 – Be sure that when you talk, that what you say has value to your audience. If we’re talking about theory, follow Paul’s Example in Romans, Ephesians and Colossians where he spends the first half explaining the theory and the second half on application.

Step 2 – If the path to application in what you’re talking about isn’t very apparent, retool and see Step 1.


September 23, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: