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Seize The Chance To Say Something

Seize The Chance To Say Something

This is a guest post by Pastor Scott Holthaus. Pastor Scott serves as the Associate Pastor of Worship at Redemption Bible Church and at one time entertained the idea of becoming a magician. 

I was amazed to learn recently that Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address was only three minutes long. The President was given just a few moments to speak following clergyman Edward Everett's two-hour, 13,607-word snoozer and in the time it takes me to pack my gym bag, President Lincoln delivered a lasting and impactful speech.

The fact that President Lincoln used just 272 words proves you don’t have to say a lot to make an impact. Whether you’ve been given 30 minutes for a sermon or three minutes for a quick presentation, here are three steps to seize the chance to say something. 

1. Think

In order to speak clearly and fit a lot of meaning into a small amount of time, you have to think hard about what you want to say. This process can sometimes be painstaking and frustrating, but effective communication requires extensive consideration. Take the time and invest the energy to think hard about what exactly you are trying to say.

2. Edit

I’ve heard people much smarter than I say that the best song writers are usually the most ferocious editors. They spend an ample amount of time combing over what’s been written to see what needs to be changed. This is a necessary process if you hope to make an impact with what you are communicating. You have to choose your words wisely and editing helps you choose well.

3. Confer

There's tremendous value in asking the right person, "What do you think of this?". I've had the most success in communication (no matter the length or the form) when I've allowed other people to speak into it. This process can be humbling and stretching, but it yields the best end result.

Whether you’ve been given the keynote address at a conference or a minute or two in a meeting, make sure you think, edit, and confer to seize the chance to say something.

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