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Every Word Counts - Public Speaking for Christians

Every Word Counts - Public Speaking for Christians

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Published by Laurel LaFlamme
Laura Sommer Smith sent this letter so I thought I'd share. I'm more of a "spiritual" person, rather than religious, but there's no refuting the excellent advice contained.

My friend credits "Mike Murdock" with the 7 tips. For teaching purposes, I imagine the real source of the practical advice actually comes from the wise men who originally penned the Scriptures.

Laura goes on to say, "Just recently I have been annoyed by three words, 'I DON’T CARE.' These three words combined are a recipe for failure.

We need to make every word count. I love the scripture in Ephesians that says, 'Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth except those that are helpful for building others up so that it might benefit those that listen.'

I am as guilty as anyone for being inconsistent with this scripture. I am so
passionate about seeing people do their best that I get frustrated with
complacency and the 'I don’t care' mentality that I inadvertently blurt out
something that seems to the receiver as condemning.

I am on a journey to use every conversation as a practice time for
improving my speech. Mike Murdock gives 7 facts that we should
remember in every conversation. These steps will catapult your influence
as a business leader to your team."

I (personally) use profanity at times. In moderation and in the privacy of my home, I see nothing wrong with a few colorful adjectives. The difference is knowing when, where, to whom or at what the situation warrants.

"Mark Twain sagely observed that under certain trying circumstances swearing provides relief denied even to prayer. Most people, unlike Mark Twain, never acquire proficiency in this field, but remain amateurs all their lives.

They seek relief in trying circumstances by uttering a series of flat and commonplace vulgarities that fail to solace themselves or to inspire others. These people--that is to say, most of us--would do better to stick with prayer and leave swearing to the masters." - source: Lyle Larsen; "Mark Twain and the Art of Swearing"

We should never use our speech to hurt others. That's just wrong on all counts. Sloppy, inappropriate speech is certainly unwise in a professional situation. However, "Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer" - Mark Twain. I still love that quote!

Enjoy. Leave me a comment if you like. No Profanity, please.
Laura Sommer Smith sent this letter so I thought I'd share. I'm more of a "spiritual" person, rather than religious, but there's no refuting the excellent advice contained.

My friend credits "Mike Murdock" with the 7 tips. For teaching purposes, I imagine the real source of the practical advice actually comes from the wise men who originally penned the Scriptures.

Laura goes on to say, "Just recently I have been annoyed by three words, 'I DON’T CARE.' These three words combined are a recipe for failure.

We need to make every word count. I love the scripture in Ephesians that says, 'Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth except those that are helpful for building others up so that it might benefit those that listen.'

I am as guilty as anyone for being inconsistent with this scripture. I am so
passionate about seeing people do their best that I get frustrated with
complacency and the 'I don’t care' mentality that I inadvertently blurt out
something that seems to the receiver as condemning.

I am on a journey to use every conversation as a practice time for
improving my speech. Mike Murdock gives 7 facts that we should
remember in every conversation. These steps will catapult your influence
as a business leader to your team."

I (personally) use profanity at times. In moderation and in the privacy of my home, I see nothing wrong with a few colorful adjectives. The difference is knowing when, where, to whom or at what the situation warrants.

"Mark Twain sagely observed that under certain trying circumstances swearing provides relief denied even to prayer. Most people, unlike Mark Twain, never acquire proficiency in this field, but remain amateurs all their lives.

They seek relief in trying circumstances by uttering a series of flat and commonplace vulgarities that fail to solace themselves or to inspire others. These people--that is to say, most of us--would do better to stick with prayer and leave swearing to the masters." - source: Lyle Larsen; "Mark Twain and the Art of Swearing"

We should never use our speech to hurt others. That's just wrong on all counts. Sloppy, inappropriate speech is certainly unwise in a professional situation. However, "Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer" - Mark Twain. I still love that quote!

Enjoy. Leave me a comment if you like. No Profanity, please.

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DO WORDS REALLY MATTER?
 
Every Word Counts
by Laura Sommer Smith Great wisdom to share & remember.October 9, 2012
 
Matthew 12:37 “ By your words you will be justified and by your words youwill be condemned.”
 Just recently I have been annoyed by
three words, “
I DON’T CARE
” These
three words combined are a recipe for failure. We need to make every word
count. I love the scripture in Ephesians that says, “Do not let any unwholesome
talk come out of your mouth except those that are helpful for building others
up so that it might benefit those that listen.” I am as guilty as anyone for being
inconsistent with this scripture. I am so passionate about seeing people do there
 best that I get frustrated with complacency and the “I don’t care” mentality
 that I inadvertently blurt out something that seems to the receiver ascondemning.I am on a journey to use every conversation as a practice time for improvingmy speech. Mike Murdock gives 7 facts that we should remember in everyconversation. These steps will catapult your influence as a business leader toyour team.
1.
Avoid Sloppy casual conversation
. Notice I did not say avoid casualconversation but
sloppy unprofessional conversation
. For those of us in theupper levels of leadership in Visalus or any other company for that matterwe are held at a higher level of accountability. Our words should beseasoned with salt having a purifying influence on those we come in contactwith.We should enunciate every single phrase to the best of our ability.Profanity, regardless of the word should never be in our vocabularyespecially from the platform. You might think it makes you more accessibleor popular but in all reality it diminishes your influence. You not only
 
represent yourself, your company but as
Christians, we also are God’s legal
representatives of the Kingdom of Heaven. We are His ambassadors beforewe are ViSalus ambassadors.
2.
Never speak when another person is speaking:
Let othersdominate your turf. This is very difficult for a leader because we think ourwords are more important. Trust me your time will come and ppl will clingto every word that comes from your mouth as if it were the gospel accordingto you. You must place a value on others and esteem them before others.Always publicly endorse, promote, and build others up on your team. Thehardest thing to do is remain silent. So if someone interrupts you while your
speaking on the floor, don’t insist on being heard by speaking louder. One
other thing isalways make eye contact with the one to whom you arespeaking. Be leery of the wondering eye looking for someone moreimportant or influential to rub shoulders with. People are not dumb! Theycant tell when you are brown nosing.
3.
Qualify others before speaking the secrets of your heart.
All of us feel as if our words are golden and rightfully so because to meexperience and knowledge are validate your words but wisdom says keepyour opinion until someone who values it shows up!
Proverbs 25:11 “ A word fitly spoken is like apples of 
gold in pictures of 
silver.”
 
4.
When you do speak, do it loud enough for others to hear clearlywhat you are saying.
 
Don’t mumble. As business leaders you must value
every word that comes from your mouth as priceless. If people come to hearyou speak, make it worth their while. With the demands that people have ontheir time, if they feel you have something to say, make sure you do as well.Be confident in your self. If you need to practice in the mirror then do it.
The platform is not the place to practice!! 
5.
Never assume others have understood what you have said justbecause they nod there head
.
6.
Encourage others to speak clearly:
7.
Always invest the time in searching for the right word even in themidst of a conversation.
Right words are worth the time involved in
 
finding them. Scripture says, “Out of the abundance of your heart your mouth speaks.” Wrong words can be like cancer as it spreads all over the body and “the body”.
 DO WORDS REALLY MATTER?
1.
Words can poison and destroy your new promoter. Never be overbearing and remember to place a value on your words. Your teaching is afine cuisine not a buffet!
2.
Right advice guarantees duplication. Prov. 11:14 “ In the multitude of 
counselors, there is a safety.
 
3.
One who controls his mouth protects his life. Prov. 13:3 “ He that keepshis mouth shut keeps his life.” Even though you may feel that you’re the
informant or the MLM FBI, your job is to motivate, encourage, strengthenand exhort your team by seasoned speech.
4.
Those who talk to much will eventually be destroyed. Prov. 13:13b “ Hethat opens wide his lips shall have destruction” In Visalus our tools are
simple. Do not over-complicate it by talking to much.
5.
Right words can turn an angry man into a friend, and wrong words can
turn a friend into an enemy. Prov. 15:2 says, “ a soft answer turns awaywrath; but grievous words stir up anger.” The rule of thumb is that you never 
put down or bad mouth another team or another company especiallysomeone else
’s business if they are not with Visalus. For many people itsabout timing. If they are not ready for us now, then simply say, “Lets talk again about this in 6 months.”
 
6.
Right words breathe life into everything around you: Prov 15:4 “A
wholesome tongue i
s a tree of life.”
 
7.
The purpose of words is to elevate, enthuse and enlarge those around
you. Prov. 15:7 “ the lips of the wise disperse knowledge.”
 
8.
Words determine which dreams live or die. Prov 18:21 “Life and death
are in the power of the tongue and th
ey that love it will eat the fruit of it.”
 

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