Take Time When Using An Illustration

"Don't hurry the telling of your illustrations. Tell them well. Build up the background, picture the whole scene, and make it live before the eyes of the congregation." - Lionel Fletcher

TodaysPreacher would add:

Remember that your audience has not even the first inkling of insight to the story you are about to tell. You have turned it over and over in your mind for weeks as you have prepared this sermon. Some of the details may seem insignificant to you because you are so readily familiar with the story ... but the audience is in no way this familiar!!!

So ... tell it knowing that they truly are hearing it for the first time.