It’s important when you’re speaking to an audience to know who makes up the audience.
This is an elementary public speaking principle.
I’ve been speaking for years…in school, business and ministry.
I know the principle. Most of the time I obey the principle.
Recently, though, I missed this.
I spoke to a group of 4 year old children. I told them the story of David and Goliath. It is one of my favorite stories, one I enjoyed acting out with my boys when they were young.
The problem this time. I forgot my audience.
I told the “whole counsel of God”. I shared the whole story.
Remember the part at the end…what David does to Goliath? It’s my favorite part.
He cut his head off.
Yep, I shared it. To the 4 year old children. My audience.
Have you ever seen the bright eyes of surprise on a 4 year old?
Yep, I saw them.
Yep, I heard from the teachers too. No parents yet.
Here’s an elementary public speaking principle: