Here’s a sobering Seth Godin post for preachers:
If you want to drive yourself crazy, read the live twitter comments of an audience after you give a talk, even if it’s just to ten people.
You didn’t say what they said you said.
You didn’t mean what they said you meant.
If the data rate of an HDMI cable is 340MHz, I’m guessing that the data rate of a speech is far, far lower. Yes, there’s a huge amount of information communicated via your affect, your style and your confidence, but no, I don’t think humans are so good at getting all the details.
Plan on being misunderstood. Repeat yourself. When in doubt, repeat yourself.
How much more prayerful should we be in preparing and delivering sermons.
How much more dependent we should be on the Holy Spirit.
How much more thankful we should be when anyone does understand.