Saturday, August 31, 2013

Public Speaking (Part 13)

Keep these points in mind when you are creating and delivering your speech:

  • When you're explaining something that is complex, use analogies, comparisons or other figures of speech (to get your point across).
  • When you're introducing something new to your audience, make it relevant by associating it with something that your audience is familiar with.
  • People pay more attention to ideas that they can relate to.
  • People sort through information based on information that they already know.
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Monday, August 26, 2013

You And Your Spirit (Part 13)

The art of spirituality is not about playing it safe. It's about getting fired up and creating something that you believe is important.

It has some drawbacks. It requires you to take time to be with your thoughts, to be in touch with God, and to be appreciative of how you are growing.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

"You Like Me!"

Who could forget Sally Field saying, "You like me! You really like me!" when she accepted her second Oscar. Many people laughed at her, but there is a ring of truth to her statements.

Whether or not you're willing to admit it, we ALL want to be liked and accepted. It's a part of socialization. If we didn't want to be liked, we'd be isolated. That wouldn't be good.

If you show others that you like them, you open the door for shared interests. Don't come to social encounters with judgments. It will keep you from getting to know someone in a unique way. You'll discover a world of people that you would have never known, if you've kept to your own interests.

If you are the one to reach out, your walls of insecurity will fall away. The attention you want will come toward you. You will find yourself more valued and respected, than you could have imagined.

Being a person who takes the first step takes courage. Take a chance. Like people. It WILL open up your world in a new way!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Public Speaking (Part 12)

Many people practice their speeches on a tape recorder. It gives them an opportunity to hear what they sound like. Non-native speakers may want to do the same thing. Why? To listen to their pronunciation and articulation patterns. Pronunciation is the correct formation of the words you use. Articulation is the clarity with which the sounds are made. It's important to work on both areas.

Listening to your speech (whether it's on tape or videotape) will allow you to see your trouble spots. Once you've identified what words you tend to mispronounce, you can work to correct the problem(s).

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Friday, August 9, 2013

I'd Rather See A Sermon (Inspiration)

I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day.
I'd rather one should walk with me, than merely show the way.
The eye's a better pupil, and more willing than the ear.
Fine counsel is confusing, but examples always clear.
I soon can learn to do it, if you'll let me see it done.
I can see your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lectures you deliver may be very fine and true.
But I'd rather get my lesson by observing what you do.
For I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give.
But there is no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

-- Unknown

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Friday, August 2, 2013

You And Your Spirit (Part 12)

Spirituality is something you must learn to be. If you don't do the work, you'll never actually become spiritual.

Spirituality is an art where you are the artist. Here is your palette:

  • your feelings and thoughts
  • your hopes and wishes
  • your prayers
  • your wants and needs
Your spirituality gives you a chance to brush these traits into your life. Being a spiritual artist is to become a beautiful person with a beautiful soul.

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