I attended a live coaching event recently with Nelson Searcy and Roy Mansfield (small group pastor at NorthStar Church), and I’d like to share over the next few posts a few of the key nuggets.
Nelson Searcy said something that really bothered me in one of the talks: “The number of people that you’re currently speaking to may be proportional to the level of communicator that you are.” In other words, what level of communicator are you? Are you a 50 person speaker? Or are you a 20,000 person speaker. In my mind, I’m a 1,000 person speaker, but according to this metric, right now I’m just about a 90 person speaker. This hurts me because I’ve always thought of myself as a better speaker. But I think there’s truth to that statement. After all do we get invited to speak before very large crowds? There’s probably a reason for that.
I was reminded that any athlete after a game will always watch the game tape. Why? They want to review their performance. They want to analyze how they did and how they can improve. And yet how often do we as speaker and leaders go back and watch the “game tape.” I admit that I rarely do.
Later that afternoon I was dialoguing with several other participants, and we began sharing ideas and different resources concerning how we can become better communicators. A popular resource that was shared was Preaching for Life Change by Rick Warren. The other is the book Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley.
I downloaded the Rick Warren resource and began listening to it, and immediately recognized the reason why he speaks to about 20,000 people a week. He said that it’s always been one of his goals to be a master communicator/preacher. Just on the subject of preaching he has over 350 books, which is more books than most seminaries have on the topic of preaching. It’s something that he’s always seeking to improve and become better at.
So I think I will be spending some more time watching the “game tape” from now on. After all, this game is sort of important.
How about you? How would you rate yourself as a speaker? What are some resources that you recommend? How have you become a better speaker?