4 Steps to Become An Effective Speaker

It doesn’t matter if it is a sermon, a class speech, or various public speaking- there are certain strategies one must develop in order to become efficient and comfortable at speaking. I am definitely not the most experienced speaker, but I have learned a few things from many individuals that are great at it. One major speech I had to give this year was in one of my college classes… (Please keep in mind that this story is humorously written. It is not entirely true.)

When I was told that a speech had to be given based on the class research paper on my first day of Composition 2, I thought I was in for a rough ride. As the first few weeks passed, I was relaxed. Nothing was too much different from the previous semester. As the weeks in the class progressed, the time for research speech was arriving quickly. Although the time for the speech was arriving quickly, I was not going to think about it until it had to be done because I did not want to stress myself out.

Three Types of Love

     In today’s society, love is a powerful and often misunderstood conception. If individuals were surveyed and asked to define love, one would likely receive different view points. Since love is commonly used, it is important to understand the concepts from each type of love: eros, philia, and agape.

     Deriving from the Greek language, eros meaning “intimate love” is the first type of love. Because eros love is based on feeling, it can quickly develop or diminish based on circumstances. Sadly, eros love is the leading type of love in many relationships. Sociologists have noted that the average dating relationship will last one to three months. Relationships often fail when eros love becomes the only concept tying the relationship together. Although eros love is an essential factor in a marital relationship, it should not be the foundation upon which the relationship is built.

A Veiled Gospel: Staying Focused On The Mission

I was reading this passage today and thought I might share it with you all because it should make us all examine ourselves…

“Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

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