Every preacher should aim to become adept in this skill. He ought to be easy to listen to. It should not impose strain to listen to him; it should be a pleasure. Even in everyday conversation, he should practice speaking clearly.
Inflection in speech has to do with the pitch of your voice.
The human voice has a very wide range of tones. If you speak at the same pitch and on the same tone all the time, your voice can sound very boring. You must develop the ability to modulate your voice.
As a singer can go up and down the scale – giving forth a good variety of tones – so can the public speaker.
If your voice tends to be naturally rather high-pitched, practice speaking in the lower registers. Develop a variety of pitch in your voice.
- Speed Of Delivery
Some people tend to speak at the same rate all the time. This, too, can become rather boring.
You should endeavor to vary the speed at which you speak. Most of your message will be delivered at a moderate rate which is easy to listen to.
From time to time, however, you should quicken or slow down the pace to give variety and added emphasis to your presentation.
This is another factor of importance. Varying the volume of your voice can give added emphasis to a point you wish to make.
The major part of your message should be delivered at a conversational volume. This ensures that it is loud enough for all to hear, yet not so loud that it assaults the ears of your audience.
Some preachers seem to feel it necessary to preach so loudly that they hurt the ears of their hearers. Try to avoid this.
If the whole of your message is delivered with loud volume, it is difficult to give special emphasis to those sections which are the most important.
Endeavor to begin your message a t conversational volume. Only turn the volume right up when you have a special point to emphasize strongly.
If you occasionally drop the volume, this will also serve to give special emphasis. Your congregation will give special attention when you drop the volume. They will endeavor to hang on to every word.
Don’t be afraid to pause once in a while. This can also give added emphasis to some point you make.
Some preachers are frightened of quiet spots. Their delivery pours forth like a river, without any pause. This can be difficult for people to absorb.
Don’t race through your message, keeping up a fast tempo and hardly pausing for breath.
Your congregation needs time to think and consider what you have said. This helps to really absorb the truth of your message.
You need to inform the mind as well as stir the emotions. The mind can absorb things only at a steady rate. If you preach too quickly without suitable pauses, you will leave your hearers behind.
A certain amount of repetition can be good. It helps to emphasize your point and fix it in the minds of your listeners. This is the kind of emphasis which you purposely give. You are aware that you are doing it, and have a good reason for doing so.