Before saying a word, take a deep breath and smile.
I received this treasured advice for speaking, teaching, and preaching either from a communications professor in college or from John Ortberg—maybe both.
Before shooting a free throw, hitting a serve, or taking a snap, breathe deep.
These words are valuable coaching for athletes in any sport.
Although I'm neither a polished speaker nor an accomplished athlete, I do have significant experience breathing. An entire life full of it, actually. Yet respiration has rarely captured my sustained attention or imagination.
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David Staal serves as a consultant to the nonprofit sector following 11 years as President & CEO of a national organization (Kids Hope USA), 10 years in church staff leadership (Willow Creek Community Church), and a 13-year marketing career (Abbott Laboratories). A senior editor for Christianity Today International for 12 years, he also authored these books: