Thursday, December 09, 2004

It's never too late.
Concerned about plummeting attendance at IBLP conferences, Bill Gothard is taking public speaking lessons. The decision to pursue professional training came after his advisers observered several people sleeping at a Basic Seminar.

For years, close friends have urged him to take courses, but he has always refused, saying that basic principles govern the rules of public discourse, and new fads are not useful. "When you present truth, as I do, people don't care how you do it," is his common retort.

He finally relented when a speech trainer visited Oak Brook to speak to the headquarters staff. Mr. Gothard agreed to a few private lessons.

"These courses have been tremendously helpful for Mr. Gothard," said an IBLP spokeswoman. "He is learning speech techniques such as voice modulation, employing humor, and effective body language. He has discovered how to tell stories that actually illustrate his point. Most important, he is learning to speak convincingly on subjects he knows nothing about."

5 Comments:

Blogger tehSaint said...

effective body language!?!?!??!!?!

how defrauding!

8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Effective body language? You go Bill!

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At one time I was an overhead operator, and let me tell you, back when those tapes were recorded in the early 80's Bill was actually funny and entertaining. The problem is now, he just quotes the same stuff and doesn't pause for the punchlines. You don't have time to laugh.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, an overhead operater. Well do I remember experiencing feelings of intense sympathy for those poor young men who had to stand up for hours on end and maintain impeccable posture and straight faces while Mr. Gothard lectured on such topics as how fourteen days of abstinence a month increased a wife's enjoyment of the marital relations.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Princess Leia said...

I wonder if effective body language includes the electric slide?

1:00 PM  

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