4 Essentials to Improve Your Communication, by Ty Tamasaka
Over the years, I’ve been blessed to sit under many communicators. There have been times when I’ve found myself disconnected and bored, looking at my watch thinking… “wow, that was only 15 minutes?” There have been other times when I’ve found myself leaning in, engaged, and captivated by the Word of God and the message being presented.
As a Bible teacher, I am always looking for ways to grow and improve as a communicator. Below are some of my observations about some essentials to improve our communication.
1 – Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Often the best communicators share personal moments of triumphs or failures, allowing them to seem more vulnerable and relatable. Some pastors begin their message with a self-depreciating story or a story about their family. It’s fun and helps listeners connect on a personal level and relate to them.
2 – Be a compelling story-teller.
Jesus said to Peter that he would be a “fisher of men.” Fishermen are known for the stories they share. Telling a good story is a critical part of being a great communicator. Jesus used compelling stories and parables to communicate to people in a way they understood. Compelling storytelling doesn’t just tell a story, it paints a picture in people’s minds. Describe locations, moments, feelings, emotions – good and bad – to add color and depth to your story.
3 – Be yourself.
Saul offered David his armor before David fought Goliath. If David used the king’s armor, it would have been too big and would be more of a hindrance than a help. David was wise enough to use the tools that served him well in battle previously – the sling and stones. Too many people try to wear the armor of another – rather than forging their own.
In a world of podcasts, church online, and video-venue campuses, it is easy to try and emulate the gifts of other communicators. Don’t do it. Be yourself. Be the same person on stage as you are in the community. God did not create you to be Andy Stanley or Craig Groeschel (unless of course, you are Andy Stanley or Craig Groeschel). Study and learn from great communicators, but be who God created you to be. Don’t try to speak with their voice. Find your own voice, style, and personality.
4 – Labor in the Word of God.
Above all else, remember you are not called to be an entertainer or a comedian. First and foremost, you are a teacher and presenter of the uncompromised Word of God. In the end, humor, personalities, and stories, while helpful and compelling, are simply tools to shine the spotlight onto God’s Word and God’s Son Jesus Christ. Labor in the Word of God. Be faithful to present God’s Word and honor Jesus.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.