Here goes blog quote #261...
"The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible."
George Burns who lived to the ripe young age of 100 was known for his sarcastic and witty, blunt and to the point humor. Although his quote seems funny, it is frankly true as well. How many people like a long, boring speech or sermon? If we face the facts, it's tough to keep people's attention for any significant amount of time.
Say what you have to say, add a story or two. Mix in a bit of humor. Get your main points across. Answer any questions people may have, and chances are, you'll be invited another time to speak again.
As president Franklin D. Roosevelt once summed up very nicely on the subject of speechmaking... "Be sincere, be brief, be seated." I think he was onto something.
That's my view....... What Say You?