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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Good Speech

What makes a speech or a sermon interesting to you?  (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, p. 1540).

The following list is my response to this question:

Cogency: forceful and convincing to the intellect and reason (Encarta Dictionary)

Compelling: attracting strong interest and [undivided] attention (Encarta Dictionary)

Apt imagery: the figurative language, especially metaphors and similes, used in poetry, plays, and other literary works; a set of mental pictures produced by the memory or imagination or conjured up by a stimulus  (Encarta Dictionary)

Apt stories and illustrations

Ernest communication rather than attempts to impress (the absence of artificiality or disruptive contrivances)

Worthy ends:  appeals to my best rather than my worst.

A sense of integrity & diligence:  the speaker is genuine and doing his honest best—the speaker believes in what he says and how he says it.

Humility:  the sense that the speaker is governed by the facts rather than trying to control or misrepresent them.

Freshness: in sermons, for example, in which the speaker is dealing with the “old, old, and familiar stories of the Bible”, there is nevertheless a sense that this retelling is helpfully dealing with various aspects of the stories.

Application:  the sense that the speech can apply and is relevant to me.

The time fits the message:  the speech is not too short or too long—it is not over packed nor under packed; there are no obvious “fillers” nor of essential things left out or inadequately dealt with.

The tone of the message is appropriate for the subject and the occasion.

This list, while certainly not complete, does identify major things I look for in a good speech.

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