Monday, February 09, 2009

Do you suffer from Pulpit Personality?

Pastor Greg Laurie shared something with me recently that made me laugh. He called it “pulpit personality.” Essentially, pulpit personality is when a pastor or religious media personality talks in a different voice when they step into a pulpit, or on television when camera is turned on. Everywhere else on television we see reality. Love it or hate it, reality programming has left an indelible mark on the industry. People now see what happens behind the scenes on HBO, they see “America’s Favorite Home Videos,” they see non-professionals on Youtube, and they watch the news 24/7 on cable. So when you appear on your program with your “classic TV voice” it sticks out like a sore thumb.

You know who I’m talking about. Numerous ministry leaders who are gracious, authentic, and engaging when talking with friends over lunch. But turn on the camera, or step into the pulpit, and they become someone else. Radio personalities suffer the same thing when they get in front of a microphone.

The television commercial business is a great example of the change. ...

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