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.