The Cabbie was on target. Truth be known most of us fail in practicing the wisdom of the Cabbie’s advice. Whatever your calling may be it requires practice to stay at your best. One man told me that he practices every day. This is good, but not enough. Eddie Feigner of the King and His Court fame defined a professional, not as person who gets paid, but as one who practices intently in the area of his or her expertise daily. I like this definition.
Demosthenes may have been the best orator of antiquity, yet he spent time each day down by the sea, placing small stones in his mouth talking over the sound of the sea. This procedure enabled him to speak loud to overcome the surrounding noises of amphitheaters, crowds and hecklers. The stones were helpful in developing and improving clear diction. Hey, it worked for him!
Years ago while reading a book by noted coach, Vince Lombardi I came across this gem; “Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.” Coach Lombardi meant that we need a coach, mentor, instructor, or certified check pilot, to put us through the paces correctly.
Many of the most widely known preachers of my era regularly put themselves in the hands of professional speech therapists to reinforce proper speech techniques. This practice gives them instruction as to what “whiskers” need removing. They know we all tend to develop habits that take away from the effectiveness of our efforts. I have been blessed with a really smart blonde for over fifty years who has the courage and know how to give me pointers, whether I want them or not. I had a lot of personal trouble with this, until I read Lombardi’s book! I suppose I married a female Lombardi!
Noted writer Ann Voskamp, wrote this gem to help writers along the path;
“Practice is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation.”
If you seldom use a coach, editor, or take a rigorous check ride, you are not as good at what you do as you could or should be.
It’s good to take into consideration the plight of the Apostle Paul. Through his work he had an important part in “turning the world upside down.” It’s hard to imagine the scope of his influence in the ancient and even our contemporary world. Note this biblical statement about Paul; 2Cor. 10:10 "For his letters," they say, "are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible."
Paul had two very important things going for him; he knew what he was talking about and he did it with passion, thus overcoming his “contemptible” speaking mannerisms.
In today’s world many gifted speakers lack of knowledge is contemptible.
The complete speaker/teacher has it all together and continues to grow.
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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