1 Minute Speech on Self and Selfies!

Selfies! Even mobile phones sell because they promise a fanatabulous selfie experience.

Why has selfies gained such popularity?  Let me point out that for many selfies are an obsession. It is a compulsive display of one’s own importance. Sadly even political and religious leaders, celebrities in sports, cinema, and music are all part of this obsession.

Secondly, selfies are an attempt to gain social acceptance. It is a constant attempt to be good-looking; trying to freeze a moment forever! A moment when you looked perfect; at least in your own eyes! Seriously, selfies showcase a vacuum  and a void in the human heart–a seemingly unending craving for acceptance!

Thirdly, selfies are a reflection of modern man’s search for reality and identity in connection with the purpose and meaning of life. Selfies are an attempt to forget the deeper questions of life like: “Who am I?” “Where do I come from?” “Where am I going to?” The silly and frivolous poses; the plastic smiles, the courting of danger in an attempt to gain a bizzare selfie can all easily be outward displays of the inward unrest of one’s heart and soul. What else can it be?

To conclude, selfies have created a new way of thinking which puts “I” before everything else. It has cheapened the sanctity of life on many occasions where selfies are shot at funerals and at the site of tragic accidents.

Selfies prove that man has not evolved; he still retains the same nature of loving self unto death. Selfies have glorified this tragedy and made it go viral in the digital world!
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Jesus Christ of Nazareth!
Selfie–Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year 2013.

Sharpen Your Communication and People Skills

Man has not changed in spite of great advancements in science and technology.
Fashions and food habits might have changed; but the way he acts and reacts in interpersonal relations have remained the same.

It is against this backdrop that the following words of wisdom related to communication mostly penned by Solomon, the wise king, some 3000 years ago become significant. If heeded, it can enable you to be a wise communicator. The quotes are taken from the Book of Proverbs from the New International Version of the Bible. A few quotes other than from Proverbs have also been sprinkled in between.

Gentleness
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh words stirs up anger (Proverbs 15:1).

Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,
and a gentle tongue can break a bone (Proverbs 25:15).

Aptness
A word aptly spoken
is like apples of gold in settings of silver (Proverbs 25:11).

A man finds joy in giving an apt reply–
and how good is a timely word! (Proverbs 15:23).

Gossip
A gossip separates close friends (Proverbs 16:28b).

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to a man’s inmost parts (Proverbs 18:8).

A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid a man who talks too much (Proverbs 20:19).

Without wood a fire goes out;
without gossip a quarrel dies down (Proverbs 26:20).

A Time to Be Silent
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
… a time to be silent and a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7b).

He was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth (Isaiah 53:7b).

When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate
asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” But Jesus made no
reply, not even to a single charge–to the great amazement of the governor (Matthew 27:12–
14).

Anger
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
for anger resides in the lap of fools (Ecclesiastes 7:9).

Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out (Proverbs 17:14).

For as churning the milk produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife (Proverbs 30:33).

If a ruler’s anger rises against you,
do not leave your post;
calmness can lay great errors to rest (Ecclesiastes 10:4).

Boasting
Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring forth (Proverbs 27:1).

One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off (1 Kings 20:11).

The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest
is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the
body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on
fire by hell — (James 3:5, 6).

Unguarded Talk
When words are many, sin is not absent,
but he holds his tongue is wise (Proverbs 10:19).

He who guards his lips guards his life,
but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin (Proverbs 13:3).

Do you see a man who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for him (Proverbs 29:20).

Reckless words pierce like a sword,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing (Proverbs 12:18).

The more the words,
the less the meaning,
and how does that profit anyone? (Ecclesiastes 6:11).

But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless
word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be
condemned — Jesus (Matthew 12:36, 37).

Listening
He who answers before listening–
that is his folly and his shame (Proverbs 18:13).
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19).

Meddler
Like one who seizes a dog by the ears
is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own (Proverbs 26:17).

Religion
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he
deceives himself and his religion is worthless (James 1:26).

And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let
your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No”; anything beyond this comes from the evil one
— Jesus (Matthew 5:36, 37).

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man
brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his
mouth speaks — Jesus (Luke 6:45).

Fool
Whoever spreads slander is a fool (Proverbs 10:18b).

A fool finds no pleasure in understanding
but delights in airing his own opinions (Proverbs 18:2).

A fool is consumed by his own lips.
At the beginning his words are folly;
at the end they are wicked madness–
and the fool multiplies words (Ecclesiastes 10:12a–14).

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” — David (Psalm 53:1a).

Pleasantness
The pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel (Proverbs 27:9b).

Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones (Proverbs 16:24).

Life
The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit (Proverbs 18:21).

From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things
as surely as the work of his hands rewards him (Proverbs 12:14).

“It is written: `Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the
mouth of God’ ” — Jesus (Matthew 4:4).

Stage Fright
Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since
you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives
him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord. Now go; I will help you speak and will teach
you what to say” (Exodus 4:10–12).

[This piece of conversation dated around 1370 B.C. is possibly the first recorded instance of
stage fright in history. In fact, Moses went on to become a great leader and speaker; and
Houston Peterson begins his much acclaimed edition, “A Treasury of The World’s Great
Speeches” with the Speech of Moses proclaiming The Ten Commandments as recorded in the
Book of Deuteronomy.]

Cheer
An anxious heart weighs a man down,
but a kind word cheers him up (Proverbs 12:25).

The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,
but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit (Proverbs 15:4).

Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land (Proverbs 25:25).

Honesty
An honest answer
is like a kiss on the lips (Proverbs 24:26).

Better is open rebuke
than hidden love (Proverbs 27:5).

He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious
will have the king for his friend (Proverbs 22:11).

Evil
If a man curses his father or mother,
his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness (Proverbs 20:20).

A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin (Proverbs 26:28).

A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,
but in his heart he harbours deceit.
Though his speech is charming, do not believe him (Proverbs 26:24-25a).

Justice
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
an undeserved curse does not come to rest (Proverbs 26:2).

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
but the speech of the upright rescues them (Proverbs 12:6).

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy (Proverbs 31:8, 9).

Do Not
Do not pay attention to every word people say,
or you may hear your servant cursing you–
for you know in your heart
that many times you yourself have cursed others (Ecclesiastes 7:21, 22).

Do not revile the king even in your thoughts,
or curse the rich in your bedroom,
because a bird of the air may carry your words,
and a bird on the wing may report what you say (Ecclesiastes 10:20).

Knowledge
A man of knowledge uses words with restraint (Proverbs 17:27a).

Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel (Proverbs 20:15).

Growth
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I
became a man, I put childish ways behind me — St. Paul (1 Corinthians 13:11).

Criticism
“Speak the truth in love” (adapted from Ephesians 4:15).

Editor’s Choice:“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not
proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of
wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always
trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails – St. Paul (1 Corinthians 13:4–8a).

Community
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building
others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Nor should there be
obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, but rather thanksgiving – St. Paul (Ephesians 4:29;
5:4).

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6a).

Do not accuse a man for no reason-
when he has done you no harm (Proverbs 3:30).

Contrast
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue (Proverbs 31:10, 26).

A quarrelsome wife is like
a constant dripping on a rainy day;
restraining her is like restraining the wind
or grasping oil with the hand (Proverbs 27:15, 16).

Debates
The first to present his case seems right,
till another comes forward and questions him (Proverbs 18:17).

Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm. He said:
“Who is this that darkens my counsel
with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me” (Job 38:1, 2).

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
For it is not wise to ask such questions (Ecclesiastes 7:10).

Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil (Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14).

Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

Why Is it Important How a Doctor Communicates?

A doctor’s profession is a very demanding one. It is therefore difficult to meet each patient with the same care and concern. Yet on the other side the patient expects full and undivided attention. Many doctors weave magic by their pleasant ways and talk. It soothes the heart of the patient and cheers him up.

This blog post is an attempt to peep into the doctor’s room and find out some principles of communication that can vastly improve doctor-patient interactions. The following topics are dealt with in this blog post:

  1. Smile
  2. Specific Questions
  3. Explaining the Situation
  4. Giving Instructions
  5. The Way of the Great Physician–A Holistic Approach!

An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up (Proverbs 12:25).

#1. Smile

A patient usually comes to the doctor in a complicated frame of mind. He has his discomfort to take care of. Then there are anxieties to confront. Above all, the possible causes of the disease, the diagnosis and even prognosis administered by friends and relatives weigh him down. It is in such normal contexts that a patient comes to see a doctor.

If the doctor can greet the patient with a radiant smile, half of his disease will disappear. It gives confidence to the patient. It encourages him to open up and speak all that is in his mind.

It might seem easy but actually it is not. The doctor sees hundreds of patients every day. And the time he can allot to each person is very limited. So if the doctor has to gift a smile, these days he has to make a conscious effort to do so. Even though smile is one of the basics of greeting a person, it might be tough to do so in the busy schedules of a doctor’s life.

Yet if he can gift a special smile, its value is more than the medicines that he can prescribe. So let an abundant dosage of Smile be administered when greeting a patient.

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#2. Specific Questions

Often patients are unable to describe what they are experiencing. It is here that simple prompts from the doctor assume vital importance.

For example, a patient is complaining of headache. The doctor asks, “Is it a dull pain or a throbbing one or is it kind of a net spread across?” These questions help the patient to speak out correctly what he is experiencing. It clarifies his confused thinking and elicits the right responses.

Often it is a good idea to ask sure-shot `No” answer questions to get the right answer from the patient. For example, a patient comes to the doctor with leg pain. He points to the portion around the ankle. The doctor asks, “So the pain is also experienced in the toes?” The patient says, “No.” Again the doctor says, “You have the pain in the calf and perhaps the knee?” Again, the answer is “No.” This helps to confirm what the patient has initially said. And it helps in quick and accurate diagnosis.

Often patients tend not to disclose some of their past medical history. Reasons can be many. They might consider it insignificant. Or it might have been some twenty years ago they had a bout of chicken pox. So they might think what bearing it might have on the present complaint since it happened long time ago. Or at times the patient might feel that the doctor might become angry because of resorting to another medical stream like Ayurveda or Homeopathy. Sometimes the patient needs time to trust the new doctor.

In all these cases a few intelligent questions from the doctor can put the patient at ease. It can also enable the patient to reveal needed information which can help with the diagnosis. In many cases patients have been found to carry on with medicines that a doctor prescribed long after it should have been stopped. This they do trusting in their own faulty common sense. It is important to bring out such misuse of medicines through intelligent questions.
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#3. Explaining the Situation

A simple term like “Occlusion” for the dentist; might sound like a huge dictionary to an uninformed patient. It is here that the doctor needs to translate the medical terminology to a layman’s understanding. As soon as the doctor explains that it means how the teeth fit together, the patient relaxes. For otherwise the sound sense of “Occlusion” is frightening indeed.

Some doctors care enough to explain what is happening. They may display the patients X-ray or CT or MRI scan and show patients their abnormal findings on the images. All this is very comforting to the patient. It puts a lot of confidence in him. At the same time it helps the patient to have greater confidence in the doctor too.

Such knowledge gained from the doctor makes a patient feel that he is in control of the situation. He does not feel helpless. When his relatives and well-wishers come to visit him, he too finds genuine happiness in explaining to them what it is all about. He becomes an expert in no time. Even though the doctor need not educate a patient about all that he is going through some simple explanations can put his mind at ease.

For example, when a doctor shows a diagram of a blood vessel having a block, he is enabling the patient to visualize a “big thing.” The doctor then shows a picture of a small minute wire being inserted through the block and a balloon when inflated opens up the blocked vessel. For preventing further relapse, a stent (a minute pipe) is placed at the site of the block. When the patient sees this he understands the process. His mind feels a lot more at ease having understood what it is all about. This understanding is vital to the healing process. And doctors can provide that with a little bit of imagination and conversation ability.

Of course, the trickiest and perhaps the difficult part comes when explaining grave situations. It is not at all easy to break the news. Always it is best to pepper the talk with “hope for the best” statements before the actual situation is described. Naturally the patient will be in all kinds of fear and confusion. And the way a doctor can handle this situation through confidence-building talk can still put some sunshine on what otherwise is a gloomy day.
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#4. Giving Instructions

One of the challenges that experts face in all professions is to pass on instructions in a very simple manner. It is here that the basics need to be revisited again. To a doctor, what he explains is something he routinely does. Therefore there is likelihood of missing out some simple but vital instruction.

For example, when a child is having high fever, the doctor advises to give sponge bath. Usually doctors suggest not to do it in the area of the chest. But it is likely (perhaps one in a thousand cases) that the doctor forgets to mention the exception. Other examples can include forgetting to communicate that a particular medicine should be discontinued when another one has been started. Or not mentioning that a particular tablet has to be taken half an hour before food and so on. These are simple omissions but there can be serious consequences with major omissions.

The point that has to be made is this: Patients drink in every word that a doctor tells them. Some of them, especially from poor backgrounds may not have the initiative or skill to ask the doctor for more information even when they feel that they need to get some clarification. Often the patient also gets confused by poor listening on the part of his bystanders when the doctor communicates. These bystanders might communicate to him what the doctor said in a different way.

To avoid such communication mishaps, some tips that can be followed are these.

    1. One, explain with patience.

 

    1. Two, go step by step.

 

    1. Three, check for understanding by asking the patient questions along the way.

 

    1. Four, ask for feedback. That is make the patient tell what he has understood.

 

    1. Then confirm with bystanders that they have got it right.

 

    Thus the doctor can ensure that the communication aspect has been fool proof.

It is also good to tell the patient and the bystanders what exactly needs to be done in case of an emergency situation if it arises:

First of all,

    1. tell them what possibilities are there for the likelihood of an emergency.

Secondly,

    1. tell them what to do as first aid.

Thirdly,

    1. give them the needed contact information.

Finally,

    whenever possible, reassure them that they can call you anytime (or specify the time) if there is any doubt or need.

Another simple but important thing is to instruct the patient about the buying of medicines. Usually those in the medical stores will try to substitute medicines telling the patient that it is one and the same. This creates great confusion. If the doctor can tell in advance whether medicines can be substituted or not, and if so which ones, then it save the patient from some mind-troubling situations.

These steps can build a good communication bridge between the doctor and patient.
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#5. The Way of the Great Physician–A Holistic Approach!

Specializations in the medical field have blessed mankind in a variety of ways. Yet it has also given rise to fragmented view of the person being treated. While the primary focus has to be on the organ or area of treatment, doctors can do the patient a world of good by taking a moment for seeing him as a whole.

This becomes important in the context of psychosomatic disorders. With speed and technology rewriting human history man has lost the ability to rest. As a poet asked: “What is this life, if full of care; we don’t have time to stand and stare?” This ability is slowly being lost with the world adopting a faulty 24X7 lifestyle. And it gives rise to numerous disorders of the body being influenced by the stress on the human mind.

While some conditions are immediately obvious some others are not. In one well-documented case of history, a powerful Persian king (Artaxerxes) once asked his cupbearer (Nehemiah): “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.” In this case the diagnosis proved to be right and it was obvious to the king. But most cases may not be obvious like this. It then requires a holistic approach from the doctor’s part to arrive at the true condition of the patient. It not, even a prolonged course of medication may not help the patient much.

The way Jesus Christ dealt with those whom he healed can be a classic case study in the holistic approach. Often he used to ask those whom he was about to heal: “What do you want me to do for you?” This question acquires importance because not many people really want to be healed. They just talk about getting healed like a wish. But this question provokes the patient to really affirm what he needed. And usually Jesus healed when persons gave a reply like, “I want to see (a blind man’s response).”

At other times he told a person, “Son, your sins are forgiven,” before he imparted physical healing to him. This kind of communication tells us about the great insight of wisdom and knowledge that Jesus had about a person. Such statements addressed the need of the person to be healed on a deeper level than just the physical healing. In fact, such loving words spoken with authority made a person whole on the inside. And then the physical healing followed.

Finally, Jesus also commanded some persons who were healed like this: “Get up, take your mat and go home.” To a person who was bed-ridden for many years, the possibility of walking is always a distant dream. But such statements were given to make the patient see divine possibilities in life. Even though healing was given, the healed one should act accordingly and move forward in life. This motivation has to be provided by the physician. Motivation at times included a warning. To some whom he healed Jesus issued stern warnings not to follow previous lifestyles or else, “Something worse may happen to you.”

Thus it can be seen that a doctor can use communication to good effect in the holistic approach to medicine.
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Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

Public Speaking Wins in a Technological World

9izEpB6ATMan is unique in God’s creation. He has been endowed with the ability to smile and to speak. With the passing of time he learned to live in social contexts. Thus speech became a social grace; a democratic necessity and a leadership requirement.

Now, with the happening of technology, man is compelled to speak with much more clarity than ever before. But technology has not substituted public speaking. Instead, it has multiplied opportunities. More visibility and wider coverage has compelled leaders of all walks of life to really refine and fine-tune their speaking skills.

New avenues of expression are not confined to the media alone. Within an office or video-conferencing across continents, briefing your team or informing the launch of a new product, or answering questions from the floor are all areas where skill in public speaking is called for. The expertize required is so demanding that people are trained to deliver the goods.

Simplicity, clarity, brevity and impact are the watchwords for today’s speaker. If your speech is short, sweet, clear and memorable; then it could be said that it has succeeded.

But it would be too simple an equation to be realistic. The chances are that your message gets forgotten not because it was bad; but because it was another good message among others. So it points out the need for consistent quality communication. Maybe the reason why advertisements are repeatedly used by companies to stay strong in the minds of its target audience. Likewise your message should get across consistently without quality loss.

Noise level in communication has gone high too. Even a casual stroller across the street is confronted with so many messages. In this competition where colors and words, reality and fantasy, sense and non-sense all vie for your attention; the mind becomes a battlefield. It is in this context that you have to learn to communicate effectively.

Perhaps the saddest thought could be that people are relying on technology as a substitute for public speaking. It can never be. The best messages are wrapped in the individuality of a messenger. When that element is sacrificed a message hangs in thin air. It does not create impact.

Therefore the individual with his public speaking skills will always be in demand.

Even though technology might change, the art of public speaking will remain.

Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

Do Curse Words Rob Your Child’s Innocence?

When you have a got a white sheet of paper and a set of colours be careful how you paint on it. You’ve got no second chance!

#School Teachers’ Concern
Recently a senior school teacher with more than 30 years of experience had The Use of Abusive Words by Students in School as the topic of her speech. She said that in her school a Parent Teacher Association meeting was convened just to discuss this problem. And parents were advised not to use curse words during conversations at home.

Parents need to realize that their children’s minds are like sponges ready to absorb whatever they see elders speak or do. Wrong influences like using abusive/curse words in their hearing can have far-reaching consequences. You need to be warned about it.

#At College it Becomes Habitual
During my days at college I noted that a classmate was always punctuating his speech with a particular curse word. That word had vulgar overtones as well. One day after he had used this word in his speech, I interrupted him and asked, “Do you remember the word you used now.” He had no clue.

It was then I realized that youngsters use curse words by habit without thinking about its meaning or the impact it creates on someone else. Possibly what started off as appearing smart before peers by using curse words becomes a habit one finds difficult to break in later life.

#Embarrassment in Public
I have seen students embarrass themselves in public speaking sessions (happens in interviews as well) when they used curse words unknowingly in public. They use it whenever they face some disappointment or setback. It reveals the new generation’s inability to cope with pressure and their willingness to use some escape mechanism to find relief.

#Movies and Sports to Blame
Certainly children start hearing curse words from movies. These words are used in plenty by their heroes and heroines. And by imitation, children start using it.

Serials have their own versions of twisted use of language which are often suggestive. Even when children are not watching these shows in particular they cannot escape hearing the filth that comes through the idiot box.

The field of Sports today reaches billions of viewers. But what they see often is not sportsmanship but aggression. It is accompanied by angry gestures, fights on the ground, and to top it all there is verbal abuse as well. Parents need to think seriously about the kind of value system their children are imbibing from these kinds of exposures they get.

#No Easy Solutions
No easy solutions have I got to propose. But one suggestion is to teach students and children to think before they speak. It is also important to teach them to discern that when their favourite heroes and heroines or even villains in movies swear, curse, rant and rave; it is a sign of their weakness and not strength. They need to understand that the use of four-letter words as they are infamously known is not a sign of manliness but cowardice.

#Warning
To conclude, we often hear of tragic deaths because youngsters failed to heed warning signs of danger on the roads or rocky beaches. I often wonder how little we have heeded the warning of Jesus Christ that men will have to give account on the day of judgement for every empty/idle/careless word they have spoken!*

Tips on Anger Management
Tips for Compering
Jesus Christ of Nazareth!
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* Source: Matthew 12:36, Bible.
A couple of prayers of King David:
Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil.

May the word s of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
[Scripture quotes from Psalm 141:3, 4 and 19:14 from the Bible, New International Version.]

1 Minute Speech for Children on Respect

Respected Teachers and my dear friends,

A warm good morning to one and all.

We all use the word respect quite often. But what does it mean? It means esteem for the worth or excellence of a person.

First of all we should respect ourselves. Each one of us is created in God’s image. Each one of us is unique—a very special creation of God. Therefore each one of us should value ourselves highly.

Secondly we should respect our elders. It includes our parents, elders, and teachers. In doing so we are respecting not only their age but their wisdom and the good they have done to society.

Thirdly we should respect the law, our government, our nation, our national anthem and our national flag. We should always remember with thanks all those people who sacrificed so much for our nation’s freedom.

Finally let it be noted that love and respect go hand in hand. The Bible says that a husband should love and respect his wife and the wife in turn must respect her husband.

So let us respect all people who come our way–even those who hold a different opinion than ours!

Thank you.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

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“However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband” — St. Paul (Ephesians 5:33 Bible).
Husbands, in the same way be considerate as your live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers” — St. Peter (1 Peter 3:7 Bible).

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Tips for Compering

When a Leader Speaks

Leadership is needed in all walks of life. It is required in public speaking as well.

A speaker who is convinced about what he is talking about is in a position to influence people through his speech. Therefore he or she has to exercise leadership to get ideas and truths presented translated into reality and action.

#1. A speaker who exercises leadership has a vision.
It is the ability to see farther than what is required for the moment. It is about believing the possibilities future
holds.

Such a person will have a word of hope for the present as he paints a picture of what lies ahead.

It is like J. F. Kennedy saying, “First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth (May 25, 1961) or Rev. Martin Luther King the night before he was assassinated prophetically said, “I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land (April 3, 1968).

When the speaker holds before his listeners the certainty of future success, people will rally behind his vision and get it done.

#2. A speaker who exercises leadership will communicate a clear purpose.
He will know exactly what he is trying to achieve. That goal he will communicate in clear, specific and concrete terms.

The challenge of leadership communication today is to connect with audiences in words they are able to understand quickly.

To achieve this the leader will avoid jargon and big-sounding words and make plain the message. Only then will the followers be motivated to align themselves to the mission the leader has undertaken to achieve.

Several statements that Jesus Christ made are classics in this regard:
He said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10) “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10).” “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).”

#3. A speaker who exercises leadership will inspire.
As we look at most of the examples of world leaders, past and present, we find that when they spoke people were inspired.

The better the speaker is true to what he says; his credibility increases. That gives the leadership message added power.

Mere pep talk by use of flowery language will get applause but will fail to achieve the objective. In other words style without substance will fail to get desired impact.

Therefore someone who leads by example, when he speaks, will inspire his listeners.

To conclude, all leadership communication will fail if it is not spoken with confidence. It is the leader’s confidence along with his conviction that really connects with his listeners.

Sir Winston Churchill’s words, “We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender (4 June 1940)” still continue to inspire long after the World War was over.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth!
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Scripture quotes are taken from the New International Version of the Bible.
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