Believe it or not, English (particularly writing) was my absolute worst subject. Being a first-born perfectionist I could never seem to get everything right! I incorrectly assumed, like many of you, that it “wasn’t my gift.” Over time, I began to see not only the usefulness of being able to write but the demand that’s placed on every leader to develop this important skill. It took a lot of time and some now-hilarious attempts but now I’m as comfortable (if not more) with writing as I am speaking. As a leader I want to challenge you to become someone who writes consistently. Whether it is preparing a presentation, a message, an employee handbook, or a sermon, the ability to write is something that must be in the toolbox of every 10kLeader.
Greater Impact- There is nothing more powerful than the written word! The format of choice for God’s most important message to mankind is found in writing. When someone reads something it enters the most powerful portal of human sense, the eyegate. Putting something down on paper (or digital format) will always increase the potency of your message.
Better Communication- Forcing yourself to write things out will not only help others grasp your message in a greater dimension but will doubly benefit you by forcing you to articulate yourself more clearly. Unnecessary words and fuzzy illustrations will be thrown to the wayside. Jesus never wasted any words and neither should you!
Farther Reach- You can only go so many places and speak to so many people. The possibilities of the written word are absolutely endless in this day and age. When something is written down it can be translated with the push of a button and sent to the far corners of the globe. It is time as the Body of Christ to begin thinking beyond our personal sphere of influence and “lift up our eyes to the harvest fields, for they are ripe even now for the harvest.”
Lasting Legacy- In order to leave a lasting legacy you need to commit your greatest messages to writing. You may be years away from ever publishing a book or pamphlet, but at some point you will need to write out the treasures of faith and wisdom you’ve gained through life’s hard-fought battles. Don’t wait till later to realize the need for writing. Learn to become an efficient written communicator today and expand your leadership influence for generations to come
This article was written by one of our founders, Joel Stockstill. Joel (aka. @hippofloat) has an intense passion to develop and motivate next generation leaders. Stay tuned for more articles by Joel. #10kleader