Speaking by the Numbers

Speaking by the Numbers

Enneagram Wisdom for Teachers, Pastors, and Communicators

by Sean Palmer
Foreword by Suzanne Stabile

Speaking by the Numbers
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5 in
  • Published: March 08, 2022
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4166-0
  • Item Code: 4166
  • Case Quantity: 28

It's not just what you say, but how you say it. Good communicators know this, but it's often easier said than done. Teachers, leaders, and speakers are often left bewildered, wondering why the content that was so carefully planned and delivered seems to fall flat with the audience. The art of communication requires more than the transfer of information; it both connects with and engages the hearer. To communicate well, speakers must understand both their audience and themselves.

Speaking by the Numbers offers a strategy that combines communication principles with Enneagram wisdom to help leaders, pastors, and teachers understand how to convey content in ways that both inspire and connect with their audiences. Using the Enneagram wisdom of triads and stances, communicators can learn insight into the ways that various Enneagram numbers receive and process information. Sean Palmer draws from his extensive experience as a public speaker to develop communication strategies that lead to connection, transformation, and mobilization of audiences. Providing real examples of speeches and messages he has given, Palmer shows how he uses the Enneagram to craft a message that connects with his audience.

A healthy marriage of Enneagram wisdom and communication skill can help us speak with clarity into the heart of where people live, love, and experience life.

"As a preacher and pastor of a multiracial, multicultural, and intergenerational church, communicating is often a daunting task when considering the variety of cultures, stories, and realties of the community I regularly serve. Speaking by the Numbers presses us to understand why centering the diversity of our hearers is just as significant as the work of knowing ourselves. Utilizing the Enneagram, Palmer offers a practical and timely tool for any public speaker who truly wants to be heard."

Gail Song Bantum, lead pastor of Quest Church, Seattle

"There's a big difference between Enneagram information and Enneagram wisdom. Sean helps us cultivate much-needed wisdom with practical insight on how to effectively engage all nine types and connect with each effectively. This is a great resource for those who speak, teach, or communicate with groups on a regular basis."

Drew Moser, author of The Enneagram of Discernment and cohost of Fathoms: An Enneagram Podcast

"Sean Palmer combines his unique insights into communication with hard-earned Enneagram knowledge to bring a spectacular primer for anyone who desires to sharpen their skills. By effectively weaving narrative and instruction, Speaking by the Numbers equips communicators to tailor their message for the greatest possible understanding of their intended audience. If meaningful communication is your goal, this book is a must-read for you."

Rhesa Higgins, founding director of Eleven:28 Ministries

"I want to put this book in the hands of every speaker in my life, and my only frustration is that it didn't yet exist when I was fumbling my way through my first few years as a very rookie speaker—every audience I stood in front of would have benefited from my reading this wise and helpful book. The brilliance of Sean's mind, the crackling intensity of his personality, and his passion for both the Enneagram and the craft of public speaking leap off every page."

Shauna Niequist, author of Present Over Perfect


1. The Enneagram Knowledge You Need
2. Speaking to the Compliant/Dependent Stance
3. A Sample Speech for the Compliant Stance
4. Speaking to the Aggressive Stance
5. A Sample Speech for Aggressive Numbers
6. Speaking to the Withdrawing Stance
7. A Sample Speech for Withdrawing Numbers
Conclusion: Speaking to the Centers

Sean Palmer

Sean Palmer is the teaching pastor at Ecclesia Houston, a speaker, and an executive coach. He is the author of Unarmed Empire and a contributing writer to The Voice Bible. Sean is vice-chair of the Missio Alliance board. He and his wife, Rochelle, live in Houston, Texas, with their two daughters.

Listen to him speak with Suzanne Stabile on The Enneagram Journey podcast.

Read his article on what it's like to be an Enneagram Three at Enneagram Today.