The question to the room of professional speakers intrigued me. The woman had asked if we were more motivated by a big audience.
I didn’t think it mattered to me. I felt as though my delivery and connection were the same whether the group numbered five or 500.
But after reflection, I decided my heart beats a little faster, my eyes shine a little brighter, the energy flows a little deeper if the crowd is standing room only.
Even when I was anchoring live television programs, if there was someone I knew in the studio, I would focus to put more personality in every word. Just like the clothes dryer has a “more dry” setting, I would turn my “on” knob to “more on.”
Then I remembered that I have the most important audience member always watching, always sitting in every studio, every audience. His name is Jesus, and I like to imagine that he smiles at almost every word.
One time, a few years ago, a famous Christian speaker happened to be in one of my audiences. Her presence made me nervous. I should be much more concerned knowing history’s greatest storyteller is listening.
Jesus not only spoke to thousands at a time, but better than a magician, he also worked miracles — without PowerPoint or video clips.
This is a guy who was so “on” that people dropped whatever they were doing just to be near him.
To Jesus, audience size does not matter. You are the most important person he speaks to, and he will not stop until you get his message. Keep in mind that he may be talking through me, your minister, a radio program, a scripture, your mom or even a stranger on the plane.
I pray that he will keep speaking until heaven is filled with people who call him “Lord.” We may have a front row seat or a back stage pass, but to get into that venue, I would settle for standing room only.
Lorri Allen is news director for KYTX CBS19.