In presentations and arguments one has a final point. This point can be a decision or point of view. The author needs to make sure that the audience “gets” the intention. Even with significant investments in time and energy, the goal is not always achieved. As I reviewed a presentation recently, I was left wondering about the point. Where was the point? What was the point?
I know my efforts have not always been successful for many reasons. At the end of each failure, my audience was asking me the same questions. They did not understand what I was asking them to decide or accept. They were struggling to understand the foundation for my request. They were uncomfortable telling me that the gaps were there, thinking that it must be something they had missed.
I know I will never have 100% success. I also know that if I embrace a few principles on a more consistent basis that my connection with those around me will improve. In the spirit of sharing with you what I need to hold onto, let me suggest the following.
The responsibility for what I am sharing is mine. The content is the author’s responsibility. I know it may seem obvious, but it is easy to put the burden on others. The critical responsibility lies in being comfortable in the effort and sticking with it. Paul’s advice on a life decision applies to every aspect of life; “if a man is comfortable in his decision for a single life in service to God and it’s entirely his own conviction and not imposed on him by others, he ought to stick with it.” (1 Corinthians 7.37)
The words one uses must be ones that are mutually understood. Never presume that another speaks your language. Clarify, illustrate, and simplify the word pictures. Understanding is the first priority.
Patience and speed must be balanced. Too much information is not helpful. Letting others have time to hear, reflect, and consider is important.
There is a point to life. At times, I forget the important ones.