Jesus of Nazareth

 

by Burt Dubin on November 22, 2011

Jesus of Nazareth

No treatment of great speakers of the past would be complete unless it included Jesus of Nazareth.

Regardless of your personal faith, your personal beliefs, your personal philosophy of life, there is no denying the words of Jesus are influencing the society and the times in which you live.

Jesus was a gifted speaker, a speaker of transcendent power when he spoke to groups.  In just a few words he influenced minds and hearts.

“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” These words, a single sentence, uttered once 2000 years ago, to a small group, ring down through the centuries and continue to affect attitudes and behavior of millions of people on every continent today.

“I will make you fishers of men.” With these words he magnetized a handful of humble fishermen to become his disciples.

1. First Principle:

There is a useful principle here . . . a principle you may engage if you choose to influence the audiences before which you speak:

The spirit infusing his words made the difference.  It made his words memorable.  Get that.   Words recited as if from a book, words lacking emotion and deep belief do not touch hearts.   Only the heart can reach the heart.

Do you choose to be a speaker who makes a real difference?  Then allow your words to be heart-felt, soul deep, saturated with your feelings and your convictions.

These words of William Jennings Bryan come to mind:

“A speaker should not speak from the top of his head, but from the bottom of his heart. He must be tremendously enthused about worthwhile subjects concerning which he is thoroughly informed.”

2. Second Principle:

Get your ego out of the way when you speak.  Have the attitude of a good servant.  Do the job you are there to do.  How do you do this:

Let your body language, the expression on your face, the intensity of the look in your eyes, as well as your words, reflect the depth of your conviction.  Let these aspects of you show your emotional investment in your intended outcomes.

I mean the attitude you want your listeners to leave with, the actions you want them to take after you’re gone, the outcomes you yearn to cause.

3.  Third Principle:

Inspire autonomy.  I mean the personal autonomy of every person in your audiences.  If your listeners are to actualize their personal potential, then they must be in full charge of their lives.  This objective requires your being an instrument of awakening when you speak.

How did Jesus do this?  With 3 words:  “Ye are Gods.”

When you awaken others to the magnificence latent within themselves, something they may never have considered before, you endow them with a new sense of personal power.

This is like replacing a 4 cylinder engine with a 12 cylinder engine.  I speak from personal experience.  When I was working my way through high school working the 6 PM to 2 AM shift 5 nights a week for the Music Box Corporation in Atlantic City, my boss loaned me his LaSalle, a 12 cylinder automobile, for the occasional 50 mile trips to Cape May.  The smooth power of those 12 cylinders proved unforgettable.

I translated this embedded memory to wrench myself up from mediocrity to mastership of my life.  I never forgot this.  I liberated myself from domination, manipulation and control by others.

You can awaken your audience member to this principle.  You can remind them that they create their reality, their personal reality, with their thoughts.  With their belief in themselves and their power to create the circumstances they desire.

If you want a copy of the affirmations I used to embed my personal autonomy, send me a stamped, self-addressed envelope and you’ll receive this with my compliments.  Burt Dubin, Box 6543, Kingman AZ 86402.  Then if you want to, you can reprint this single sheet and give it away to your audience members.

 

 

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