Boring speakers don’t intend to be so. They just are!
How does one keep from being a boring speaker? Five things help tremendously.
Spend time developing the introduction to your message. The introduction is one of the most important parts of the message. It should be developed in such a way that makes people feel a need to listen. Don’t step in the pulpit and just start talking. The first words out of your mouth ought to arrest their attention.
Use illustrations. People love stories. That is one of many things that made Jesus Christ such an outstanding communicator—He utilized parables (Luke 13).
Illustrations enliven the audience and get attention. They make a message interesting to listen to.
Use humor. People love to laugh—especially after a long dreary and tiring week. Sometimes, they are sitting before us so depressed and saddened they feel there is very little to laugh about. Your humor provides a sense of relief and encouragement.
Additionally, when people are laughing they are listening. To tell me in a message that I am a self-centered person may cause me to resist what you’re saying. If you use humor about a self-centered person that I can identify with, I begin listening to what you’re trying to communicate.
Choose your wording carefully. Communication is saying the same thing in different words. You’re not likely to say something nobody has heard, but you can say it in a different way. Carefully chosen words take away the boring factor because it causes them to think about something that has never been stated quite the way you did.
- Watch the length of your message. I always recommend a maximum of 30 minutes for your message. Often, a speaker becomes boring because he repeats what he already said. Keeping the length of your message in check can help alleviate this.
Speakers who take these five tips to heart don’t bore their audiences. They are speakers that people enjoy, not ones they endure.