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5 Reasons People Check Out of Your Sermons

Dear Communicator,

I really do enjoy listening to presentations, sermons, and speeches. In fact, every week, I listen to dozens of them. I have a decent attention span, and if I have chosen to come and listen to you speak, I really do want to be engaged and be able to apply something new to my life.

Unfortunately, I was not engaged in your talk this time. It is not because I didn’t want to be. I genuinely wanted to be wrapped up in your content and presentation, but this time I checked out.

Why? Well, it’s likely because of one of these five reasons.

1. You did not grab my attention in the beginning.

I will make a judgment about you within the first 30 seconds of your talk.

I can’t help it. Like the rest of the audience, I’m wired that way. You will make a first impression, whether you are intentional about it or not. When you came out on the stage without a smile, with closed off body language, and with no greeting…I began tuning you out.

2. You failed to reel me into the tension.

Even though I have chosen to be a part of the audience, that doesn’t mean I care about the problem that you are trying to solve.

As the communicator, your job is to put me on the edge of my seat and make me long for a solution to the problem you are dealing with. If you had helped me feel the tension of your message, I would have tracked with you until you gave me a solution.

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Patrick Holden has served in student ministry for the past 7 years in both high school and middle school ministry contexts.  He is currently working at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA.  Prior to serving at North Point, Patrick went to Lee University to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Discipleship Ministries.  Patrick frequently speaks to student ministries and church leaders and blogs on the topics of leadership, communication, and creativity at http://www.patrickholdenonline.com/