Entries by Bruce Ballast

The Preacher’s Voice Is A Great Tool

The Preacher’s Voice is a Great Tool In the last post we considered some of the ways a preacher’s voice can be a disadvantage in communicating the Word of God.  In this post we turn to the fact that the preacher’s voice is a great tool for effective communication. Pace of Preaching As we saw […]

Eye Contact Enhances Preaching

Eye Contact Enhances Preaching I closed the last post with a very short reference to using the eyes as a means of communication.  In this post we will focus on how eye contact enhances preaching as you connect with your audience. Why Making Eye Contact Enhances Preaching I was listening to a recording of a […]

Your Facial Expression Communicates

Your Facial Expression Communicates We’ve been looking at Mehrabian’s 7-38-55 rule over the last several posts.   Remember that this rule says that 7% of communication is our words, 38% is our tone of voice, and 55% is our body language.  So we’ve been thinking through how our posture speaks, and how our hands communicate. […]

Movement Adds A Message to the Sermon

Movement Adds A Message To The Sermon We have been considering how important body language is to the preacher.  In the last post we considered some of the ways to use your hands in gesturing in a way that will enhance your message.  In this post we turn to the subject of movement.  Movement adds […]

Your Body Is A Communication Tool

Your Body Is A Communication Tool In the last post we began the consideration of the reality that your body is a communication tool in preaching.  I made a list of things you should not do in using your body while you speak.  Don’t slouch; avoid putting your hands on your hips; never cross your arms […]

How to Communicate Using Your Body

How To Communicate Using Your Body In a previous post I shared with you the 7-38-55 rule for communication.  This rule says that effective communication is 7 percent the words you say, 38 percent the tone of voice that you use, and 55 percent your body language.  I was looking back at that post recently. […]

The Importance of Being Yourself When You Preach

The Importance of Being Yourself When You Preach This post is about the importance of being yourself when you preach to a congregation. One of the most engaging preachers in my geographical area became a professor of preaching.  He was an effective preacher, with some impressive approaches to commuication.  For one, he memorized the passages […]

How The Preacher Can Grow in Compassion

How The Preacher Can Grow In Compassion In the last post, we looked at the connection between compassion and effectiveness in preaching.  Or, as someone once said, your people have to know how much you care before they care how much you know.  In this post I want to give a few suggestions on how […]