Effective communication is the key to mobilizing your employees behind a new vision. Poor communication, on the other hand, is the best way to demotivate your employees and stall any progress. Not taking the time to explain the vision, not explaining the vision in clear, understandable language, or not “walking the talk” is some common ways that organizations fail to achieving their goals. The seven principles below will help you to avoid mistakes.
Accomplishing any task with excellence is always a function of mastering the basics. The six communication basics all of us have to follow are;
Establish a Warm Atmosphere
The atmosphere you create with your words and gestures determines the effectiveness of your sermon. Avoid beginning with a negative tone, self-centered anecdotes, or anything, which betrays insecurity on your part. These focus the audience’s attention on your needs, not theirs. Your nonverbal signals are also important because they communicate your general demeanor. Smiling at people demonstrates openness and invites them to listen.
Actively Engage People’s Interest
Many of us use techniques to engage congregations that they believe are effective, but actually disconnect them from listeners. Over dramatization, excessive emotion, and yelling focus listeners upon your performance instead of content. A conversational approach works better.
Evaluate everything you say from the pulpit with this question: Is it believable? If you can’t believe yourself when you say something, your audience won’t believe it either. When your audience doesn't believe you, your credibility—and their motivation to keep listening — evaporates. Speaking with authority is dependent upon speaking truth. Often, speakers get into trouble when they extrapolate a principle into a situation they don’t understand. If you’re speaking about how a certain principle would work in a business setting, but know nothing about business, it will show.
Speak With Your Own Voice
Listeners will disengage from a speaker who uses big words to impress his audience or who appears to choose words for the sake of sounding good. If your listener is conscious of your voice, it is a distraction. Choose your words the same way you choose your clothes; appropriate for the context, but not distracting. Your voice should contain fire, conviction, and accurately reflect what’s happening in your mind.
Use Gestures Well
The effective use of gestures reinforces what a pastor says. As with the voice, gestures should represent what is happening in the mind. Gesturing also includes looking at people as you talk. Your eyes are almost as important as your voice. Make sure your eyes sweep across and make contact with people in every part of the audience, not just those in front of you.
Remember That Your Knowledge Is Limited
You may be tempted to appear to know more than you do. Always keep in mind that someone in your audience may know more than you do about your topic. Honestly communicate what you know.