The Big Four in Public Speaking

Public-Speaking

Surveys say the fear of public speaking (glossophobia) ranks number one among the majority of people. I am blessed to count myself the opposite of that.  I love to talk (just ask those around me), and I especially love speaking in public.

But when I became a pastor and teacher, public speaking became not just a ”like”, but a passion.  It became a calling and not just a career. It moved from hobby to heart. I have been doing it for over twenty years now, and I can honestly say I have never lost a single drop of passion doing it. Continue reading

Of Boxers and Preachers

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As I write this, our “Pambansang Kamao” (literally National Fist), Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, just came out on top with a unanimous decision victory over Timothy Bradley to reclaim the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight crown.

I, as the rest of my countrymen, am jubilant and inspired by Pacman’s latest victory. But I cannot help but notice that inspite early pronouncements by Manny’s trainer, Freddie Roach, that the “old” Pacquaio is back, the one bent on inflicting pain on his opponents, Pacman, at 35, is no longer as fast nor his punches are as powerful as before. Continue reading

I May Be Boring But At Least I’m Not Bored

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Do you suffer from glossophobia?

That refers to the fear of public speaking.

I have heard comments and statistics through the years that say speaking before a crowd is either the top one or two among all phobias.

I can relate to that. I make my living speaking in front of people.

The ironic thing is I’m a shy person and an introvert. Continue reading

Preaching and Cooking

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What I do to relax after a hectic day of ministry and work is to watch cooking shows.

Please don’t ask me why. Let me say up front I don’t have any idea how to cook. This perhaps explains my interest in watching great chefs come up with mouth watering dishes and delicacies.

My passion is preaching, not that I do it well. I’m more a student than a teacher, much less a master, of it. I see similarities between the two. Continue reading