Like anyone else, I enjoy an effective speaker.
Polished and passionate.
Someone that has a grasp on the subject matter and an understanding of the audience.
Most of all…short and strategic.
Having been exposed to numerous effective speakers, politicians, celebrities and preachers I began to consider if the length of the speech or the sermon has any affect, on it’s effect.
It certainly does.
If a speaker comes to the podium, leave the audience wanting more.
Not wishing the speaker had spoken less.
Why does a celebrity receiving an award feel the need to speak until the orchestra cuts them off?
Because of the short attention span of American audiences?
Less words are more easily processed, recalled and lived out.
Ever heard a hit pop song that lasted more than four minutes?
And most of us can remember every single word of the shorter radio version.
Arguably, the greatest presentation of thought orally is The Sermon On The Mount, which are the words of Christ, spoken to a very engaged audience.
It is found in the book of Matthew, chapters five, six and seven.
I took a timer and began to read out loud the length of the text at a moderate, conversational style pace.
Time of history’s greatest, most effective and far reaching spoken words?
Twelve minutes and fifty one seconds.
“…when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished…” Matthew 7:29
What people need are less speeches, less sermons, less books and even less blogs.
Quality of words not quantity.
What people need is to hear God speak through your life, my life, your actions, my actions, our willingness together to serve without words, show love without language and lead people to the Cross of Christ, not tell them how to get there.
“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19