For those of us in musical leadership in a church, our remarks in corporate worship are often well-meant (we want to help others sing with understanding) but lengthy, cumbersome, unclear. Hear, then, Bob Kauflin:

“[My pastor] told me that if I wanted to grow in communicating effectively, I should write down what I wanted to say and keep it to a certain length. He assured me that the more I thought through my comments in advance, the more substantive they would be and the easier it would eventually be to prepare them. He was right.”

(Worship Matters, p. 40)

A professor in my undergrad church music program used to say, “You’ve got two sentences before people tune you out. Use them well.”