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that the necessary may speak

I’m reading “The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs” and loved this quote in the chapter on simplicity:

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hoffman, German painter

This is especially true in preaching.  The overriding concern in preaching is not to overwhelm our audience with words but to speak the right word at the right time.  Transformation is the goal.  If we pack too much into a single message, even good stuff, the overall transformational effect will be reduced.


As painful as this is to admit as a preacher … They won’t remember much of what you say.

If your talk, presentation, or sermon is filled with unnecessary words, strip them out.  Only then will you give the necessary words a fighting chance to be heard.

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