Posted by: Phil Anderson | September 29, 2013

What Can I Say?

Last week I titled my blog post “Public Speaking”, and I’ve heard that glossophobia tops the list on many surveys about people’s greatest fears. There are probably innumerable reasons for that, but one of them is not knowing what to say and the concern that you won’t be able to communicate effectively.

If I were asked to discuss nuclear fission or whale conservation I would have a similar fear, but when it comes to my writing that’s not a concern. It’s easy to talk about what you know and love, and what you’re excited about.

For example, most people can explain the plot of their favorite movie without a prepared script. Sports fans can give recap and analysis of a whole season without referring to an outline. Anyone can talk about their recent vacation without writing out a speech ahead of time.

This applies to so many other aspects of life as well. There are varying statistics available, but all agree that a large majority of Christians rarely or never share their beliefs with others. That should be a concern to people of faith because if someone’s salvation is genuine they should be excited about it, and it should be easy to talk about. First Peter 3:15 (NIV) says “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

I’m looking forward to opportunities to speak to students about my writing. If you were given the chance to tell people about something that’s important to you or that you really care about, would you take it? You should.

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