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:
- Integrity in actions
- Not Harsh, abrasive, sarcastic
- Thinking & speaking fast on feet
- Tells stories
- Crisp words, forcefully put/Energy
- Lack of Hemming & Hawing (Ums & ahs)
- Appropriate dress
- Fluidity (not appearing aloof & distant by being stiff)
- Competency in subject matter/Conviction
- Good use of visuals
- Takes risks
- Good eye contact
- 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.