|By Andy Stanley and Lane Jones|
The first half of the book covers the authors’ major points while the second half elaborates on them. As with a trip, you must determine your destination—a short statement that summarizes what you want to say. Then, according to the authors, an effective communicator wraps that statement in story, story so compelling you don’t need notes to tell it. There are seven main points in all.
Excellent examples light the way for those of us on the communication journey. And the authors offer plenty of questions to check the effectiveness of our talks. I appreciated their nod to those, including Andy Stanley’s father, Charles Stanley, who offer informational talks. Despite the authors’ commitment to relational talks, they admit there are times when informational talks are appropriate, so they offer guidelines for taking that alternate route.
There’s a lot to digest in this book published by Multoman in 2006, but I look forward to pulling my talks from the file drawer and tackling them one by one. Stanley and Jones provide a handy GPS to guide my journey to more effective communication.
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