Today, two times over, I was reminded of why men need to be in the habit of using microphones when they speak in church gatherings. Otherwise rational, sensical men can overestimate their voice volume in a sort of false machismo: “Oh, I don’t need to use one of those.” And often, what they say, unamplified, is wasted.
The very “meaningful” essence of what I picked up from one of the communion prayers today was “mumble, mumble, mumble.” I also completely missed any sense of (what I assume was) a sincere, heartfelt confession from another man who needed a mic but didn’t realize it.
When speaking publicly–no matter your gender–it is important to speak a) slowly and b) at an audible volume. Otherwise, you may not be understood … and then, why speak?