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17 Characteristics of the Best/Worst Communicators of 2007

Todd Rhoades over at Monday Morning Insights shares a list of  The Top Ten Best and Worst Communicators of 2007 from Bert Decker. 

As I read Decker’s list, I began to make a list of the specific characteristics of the communicators that he believed made them exceptionally good or exceptionally bad communicators.  Here is my list:

  1. Openness
  2. Integrity in actions
  3. Authenticity/Vulnerability
  4. Not Harsh, abrasive, sarcastic
  5. Thinking & speaking fast on feet
  6. Tells stories
  7. Crisp words, forcefully put/Energy
  8. Lack of Hemming & Hawing (Ums & ahs)
  9. Appropriate dress
  10. Fluidity (not appearing aloof & distant by being stiff)
  11. Creativity
  12. Competency in subject matter/Conviction
  13. Good use of visuals
  14. Takes risks
  15. Confidence
  16. Good eye contact
  17. Authoritativeness (watch quality of voice)

We could do far worse than to make this a checklist to check our own public preaching/speaking.  Maybe give the list to 2-3 people we trust & ask for their feedback. I think it is a helpful list. 

Todd Rhoades then goes ahead and makes his own list of the Top Five Worst CHRISTIAN Communicators of 2007. (James Dobson, Juanita Bynum/Bishop Thomas Weeks, Pat Robertson,  Ted Haggard, and Richard Roberts). Unfortunately, unlike Decker, he doesn’t give us communication reasons for people being on his list.  It is basically just a list of the 2007 Christian "Hall of Shame"–included more for their behavior than for their communication strengths or weaknesses.

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