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In Honor of Steve Jobs

Following Steve Jobs’ resignation from Apple, I thought I would reprise an idea I blogged about a few months ago, preaching like Steve Jobs.

While you watch his latest keynote presentation on iCloud, notice:

  • The visual simplicity of Jobs’ presentation and the way he dresses (minimalistic)
  • The clarity and simplicity of his speech
  • The logical progression of his ideas
  • His enthusiasm about his subject
  • The practicality of the products he presents
  • How he is so believable and natural
  • His sense of humor
  • The way he anticipates and addresses audience objections 

What other observations do you notice about Steve Jobs’ presentation style? 

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Critiquing my Own Preaching Style

Some people view critique and feedback negatively. Others think that if someone critiques their own performance, they’re insecure or a novice.

I’ve been preaching since I was 16 years old. My first sermon was in November of 1993, almost 18 years ago. That first year, from 16 to 17 years old, I preached 52 times.

I still critique my sermons, because I have a driving commitment to continually improve my speaking. I listened to a sermon I gave a couple of weeks ago from Acts 2 entitled “Spirit and Mission.” 

I critique my own preaching every time I speak, but this time was awkward for me. I thought that I had made improvements in the following areas, but I made more mistakes in these areas than I wanted to:

  • Eliminate extraneous sounds like “um”, uh”, “you know”, “right?”
  • Speak in full clear sentences, not in choppy repetitive phrases. Speak in full thoughts. Don’t be choppy or cavalier.
  • Relax and vary voice inflection more. Ironically, I think that if I relax, my voice pitch will naturally become more interesting.
  • Hold a Bible occasionally, so that the congregation can “see” an open Bible and be reminded of the importance of the Bible. Don’t rely on Scripture printed only on paper or on the projection screen.

I’m going to be working on improving these areas in my next sermon.

Putting insecurity aside, what do you need to improve in your job performance?