Many speakers, whether for business engagements or religious sermons, equate power with volume. Frankly, it is painful to the ears, especially for those who try to listen politely. I have always believed that true power does not lie in the delivery alone; it is the message that is crucial.
There was once a Shakespearean actor who was known far and wide for his one-man show of readings and recitations from the classics. He would always end his performance with a dramatic reading of the 23rd Psalm.
Each night, without exception, as the actor began his recitation — “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” — the crowd would listen attentively. And then, Continue reading Public Speaking
From a popular magazine called Family Times comes this beautiful poem entitled:
“Quit!” “Give up, you’re beaten,” they shout and plead,
there’s just too much against you now, this time you can’t succeed.
And as I start to hang my head in front of failure’s face,
my downward fall is broken by the memory of a race.
And hope refills my weakened will as I recall that scene,
for just the thought of that short race rejuvenates my being. Continue reading The Race
Going up? Going down? Elevators are strange places. If you work in some high-rise in Makati or Ortigas, you probably get into the same box with the same familiar faces you see from day to day. You’re crowded inside with them, but because you’ve never really met, you try not to touch them. You might have been seeing these people for years now, but somehow you’re not just floors apart — you are worlds apart. Continue reading Elevators
One stormy night many years ago, an elderly man and his wife entered the lobby of a small hotel in Philadelphia. Trying to get out of the rain, the couple approached the front desk hoping to get some shelter for the night.
“Could you possibly give us a room here?” the husband asked. The clerk, a friendly man with a winning smile, looked at the couple and explained that there were three conventions in town.
“All of our rooms are taken,” the clerk said. Continue reading The Palace Guards
We cannot live with the illusion that life is simple. We have to face the fact that living is a constant struggle, an unending bout of triumphs and failures.
I have seen the effects of affluence on families whose members no longer care for each other. Wealth becomes a curse instead of a blessing. Continue reading The Real Journey Begins…
There was a couple that I used to work with, and their story illustrates how the ups and downs of a business can be tied in to your character.
I met the woman when she was a 22-year-old housewife who wanted to make a mark in the garment industry. When I was introduced to her, I asked her point-blank, “Tell me, are you sensitive to criticism? Can I comment on your product?” Continue reading The Poverty of Riches
What does it take to be inspired? What does it take to live a life worth living? Each person cannot live beyond the heartbeat assigned him by his Creator.
Each person has been given exactly the number of days on this earth. Wealthy mansions and humble huts. Both will cease to exist one day for life in this world is a mere journey, not a destination. Continue reading An Introduction
The human ear is one of the most assaulted organs of the body today. It is one of the biggest casualties of the Information Age.
You wake up in the morning and the deluge begins. You listen to the sounds (noise?) from your radio. You take a bus or jeepney and the street noises drown your eardrums. Continue reading The Educated Ear
Cross-cultural communication is far more difficult than many people realize. In an age where global business is inescapable, there is a need for deeper understanding of the cultures and traditions of the countries with which we communicate and do business.
A product may be excellent, the company may have very high ideals, and the people working on it may be the best in the industry, but a failure to communicate and a lack of cultural understanding may be downright disastrous. Continue reading Brand Names
One day, an executive from the city decided to go to the provinces and spend a few days there for his vacation break. Unfortunately, he drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. While he was good with figures and at preparing financial reports, five-year projection plans and such, he was also completely helpless when it came to things like taking his car out of a ditch.
Fortunately, he sees a local farmer coming to help with a big, strong horse named Beauty. The farmer hitched Beauty up to the car and yelled, “Pull, Gloria, pull!” Beauty didn’t move. Then the farmer yelled, “Pull, Ringo, Pull!” Again, Beauty, his big, strong horse didn’t move. Once more the farmer commanded, “Pull Samson, Pull!” Nothing happened. Continue reading Beauty, the Blind Horse