I’m working on a talk that I’m giving this Sunday, December 4, at Shepherd of the Hills about my trip. I’ll be giving a short talk at both services (8:30 and 10:00). You are all invited.
I’m remembering all those survey’s that rank people’s fears that put public speaking up near the top. I’m wondering if that fear is more than my fear of going to Tanzania.
Both fall into the category of fear of the unknown and how I will react to it. Right now, I’d say I was more fearful of Tanzania. Although, I may feel differently on Sunday morning. Especially because I know that I will be following Pastor Renee giving her sermon. And while I might hope that she would give a sermon that would put people to sleep, I know that won’t happen.
There is a lot to be said of conquering your fears. I’m glad I decided to go to Tanzania despite my initial trepidations. I did get a chance to do some public speaking in Tanzania and even picked up a tip that I will use on Sunday. At most of the places we stopped at we had to introduce ourselves to the people who were gathered to meet us, I did this at least 7 times. In addition, I gave a longer address in Kidamali because they are our partner congregation. We were warmly welcomed wherever we went.
It was at Image Secondary School where I got a public speaking tip. When had all introduced ourselves the head of the school came over and put his arm around me. “We need to walk over here for a minute,” he said leading me away from the students we had just addressed.
Why me, what did I say? I was puzzled but I let him lead me. When we got behind everybody else and were facing away from them all he gave me the tip. It’s a good tip, one that I wish I had known before I stood up before everybody and spoke. He told me, “You need to zip up your pants.”
People have asked me about pictures. I’m going to post them here at some point. I can do a gallery or a slideshow. I need to experiment a little to see which works better for both computers and those using mobile devices. Should be soon. In the meantime, I hope you noticed the change in the picture with the titles. You should be able to see four different types of animals – giraffe, impala, warthog and zebra.
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