- Delegate to a lifeless, non-passionate assistant.
- Simply re-read them word-for-word.
- Don’t pre-read them and then react in some way to each one.
- Don’t pre-read and then mispronounce key words and people’s names.
- Give lots of addresses, phone numbers, dates and times.
- Do the above rapidly.
- Pretend you are David Letterman and give running, comic commentary.
- Speak from the pulpit, directly to one person, in detail, for a lengthy time.
- Give way to much details about peoples health, personal problems and spiritual status.
- Give “insider info” from the pulpit.
- Go “off the record”, in public, in front of your congregation, while probably being recorded.
- Create unpleasant or unhealthy mental pictures.
- Make 9 announcements when 2 were all you needed.
- Throw in an extra announcement you just thought of.
- Begin giving announcements before people are quiet and listening.
- Mumble under your breath often.
- Ramble and ramble like a rambler who rambles.
- Make a sensitive “church family” type of announcement to your Sunday morning crowd.
- Make vague negative comments that leave plenty of folks wondering what’s up.
- Openly let folks know how much you really hate giving announcements.
- Make comments that degrade announcements and announcement giver.
- Act like announcements are a complete waste of time.
- Be arrogant about the preaching and condescending towards everything else.
- Make no announcements at all and leave people uninformed and uneasy.
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