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How much do people remember?

I’m in the process of some other work right now and I stumbled across this comment from a presenter:

If you are lucky
· In one hour’s time they’ll remember two points
· Tomorrow they’ll remember one point
· In four weeks they may remember you spoke

If you are really lucky
· In four months’ (or four years) time they won’t remember that you spoke
· But they’ll quote a new idea you lodged in their minds

From here: http://charlescrawford.biz/blog/effective-public-speaking-what-do-people-remember-

Of course, as someone who speaks for a living, for as much as 20 minutes at a time, it causes all sorts of doubts about the act of preaching. The whole enterprise often feels like a waste of time, (sometimes even for the preacher!) It’s no wonder then that there are so many different approaches to the task of proclaiming the Word and why there are so many failures.  And the time and effort that goes into these sermons from the preacher’s side is inordinate. One wonders why such effort?

Come to think of it, I can’t think of a single sermon that has lodged itself in my memory but the character of the preachers I’ve encountered is certainly a part of my memory.

Something else is happening in the proclamation of the Word.  It is not a marketing presentation; it’s the proclamation of life in the presence of the open grave, forgiveness in spite of sin, and end of the power of hell in the face of all the evidence to the contrary.

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