Teaching Tip 370 | “Plain Speaking – listeners’ pet peeves” | Malcolm Cox


Here is your 2-minute tip based on the book, “Plain speaking: How to preach and teach effectively” by David Bercot.

“Whether you’re someone who preaches regularly or only occasionally, here’s some feedback that your listeners would like to tell you but probably never will.” 139

  • Rambling
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Monotone
  • Too many Scriptures
  • Apologising at the start
  • Wishy-washy
  • Weird volume changes
  • Chip on the shoulder
  • Bad habits
  • Grooming

What are your thoughts on the points Bercot raises?


Next time, we will explore growing good speakers.

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