Friday, May 6, 2016

Competent Communication

This week marked the year anniversary of starting my master's degree, I started my 7th class in said master's degree, Keven officially ended year 2 of being back at school, and I was officially ordained (more on that to come later)! It's been a busy week :)

But with a new class comes an entirely new topic to explore through blogging. This one happens to be communication, pretty convenient for a blog. This week we have to think of someone that has competent communication, what makes them effective, and what would we want to model from them.

I decided to take a deeper look at Rev. George O. Wood. He is the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, and was the speaker at our Ordination Ceremony this past week.

Rev. George O. Wood speaking during the Ordination Ceremony

He spoke with confidence, made great eye contact, and had a message that really met each person where they were at. His downfall was that he was a little long winded, but it was filled with great content. The thing that stood out to me the most about his message was his use of visual aides (a giant power point presentation behind him with pictures that reinforced each point of his message) and the fact that his speech was filled with stories. Most of his stories were not personal to him, he retold of gallant efforts of people of the Assemblies of God that had done amazing things. But he made each story personal, he told them in a way that made you feel as if you were listening to Grandpa tell you about all of your late relatives. Rev. George Wood invited each person into the story, to not only listen and learn something, but to place yourself in their shoes.

In my own personal communication, I know I need to get better at memorization and eye contact. I have a bad habit of relying too heavily on my notes if their in front of me. But I also want to incorporate more story-telling in my sermons/speeches. Story-telling is a lost art form, but can be very powerful when applied correctly.


  1. I LOVE speeches that are filled with stories. I think that as a communicator, it helps you to make your points more relatable. Your listeners can be more fully impacted by the point that you are trying to make when they can relate it to a real life scenario. Stories also help to make what you are saying more interesting. If your speaker was a little long winded, then I am glad for you that he had a lot of interesting stories to help hold your interest!

  2. Danielle,
    Thank you for sharing this week. I really enjoyed reading about Rev. Wood. I believe that it is really important to make sure that we continue to tell stories. For much of our history stories were the primary form of making connections to our past as well as to others around us. A communicator that is able to weave stories into their speech is usually someone who I feel can obtain my attention and maintain it. These are the types of speakers that I tend to remember and I would hope that with experience I would be able to weave stories into my speeches.


  3. Hi Danielle,
    Congratulations on your ordination:)!Thank you for sharing about Rev. G. Wood. I also agree that stories make speeches more interesting and that the audience can better relate to the information being shared. Keeping your audience interested and speaking for right length of time are indeed a skills. Have you ever had a Grandpa story that wasn't long winded lol. Great Post!
    Take care until...