Projecting Excellence Pt. IV – Little Mistakes Equal Big Distractions

It’s one thing to have glaring mistakes in your lyric projection, and another to have little ones. Big mistakes (i.e. missing verses, bad line breaks) should be easy to catch if someone is taking the time to look out for them. Little mistakes are harder to catch, especially if you’re the one who made the slides in the first place.

But the little mistakes can end up causing big distractions, especially to eagle-eyed members of your congregation.

Here are a couple of examples.

First, in this verse of Matt Redman’s “Blessed Be Your Name”, two misplaced apostrophes are the difference between a good looking slide and a slide that doesn’t meet elementary school grammar standards. The good slide is first, the bad slide is second.

Blessed Be Your Name good

Blessed Be Your Name bad

If I’m in the congregation and this slide comes up, my attention will (unfortunately) be drawn to the poor editing, not to the worthiness of God.

Here’s a second example, using verse one of another Matt Redman song, “Let Everything That Has Breath”. The first slide is correct. The second slide has two little mistakes. First, the word “you” is repeated twice in a row in one spot. Second, the word “of” is missing in the last line.

Let Everything good

Let Everything bad

These kind of mistakes can end up making people spend the whole verse trying to figure out what in the world they should be singing – and where they should be singing it!

Watch out for the little mistakes. It’s one way to care for your congregation and lead them in ways they’ll never notice. And that’s the point.

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