Recently I participated in a leadership webinar sponsored by a fabulous training organization. The two presenters clearly knew their stuff. But there was a difference in the way that they spoke.
One of the presenters came across as confident, not arrogant. He was sure of himself, and what he was sharing. He was fun, engaging. He spoke declaratively.
The other presenter had fabulous content to share. But every time she spoke, she put invisible question marks at the end of every sentence. She made me wonder if she believed in what she was saying.
Jesus went up on the mountain, sat down, and crowds of people gathered around. He spoke truth. And he spoke it declaratively, without any invisible question marks.
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- You are the light of the world.
- Love your enemies.
- You cannot serve God and money.
- Do not be anxious about tomorrow.
And when he finished teaching, the crowds were astonished at his teaching for he was teaching them as one who had authority. (Matthew 5-7)
There were no invisible question marks in his message.
You and I certainly aren’t Jesus. And there’s no way that we can be as confident as Jesus. But, when you have a message to deliver … erase the invisible question marks.
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