Power of Words – you already have it


Africa has found a spot in the sun, and it knocked her out!

Words, we use them every day

and think nothing of it. But words can have power. They can encourage, educate, support, slash or inspire.

If you are like me, you probably underestimate the effect that your words have on the people around you.

I know I never thought about it, I’m not Winston Churchill or thought of myself as a person of influence, … but I am, and so are you.


You have no idea how long something you say can stay inside someone’s mind.” – Scarlett Leithold


A long time ago I was reminded of a forgotten conversation by a young man. He had been a camper when I was a camp counselor and he reminded me of a discussion I had had with him which  he never forgot. I was touched. I never knew my words could be memorable. He reminded me that we had had a discussion about music lyrics, and I had expressed my opinion about their importance and their effect. He reminded me of that, and I learned something that day. I felt grateful that I had said something positive, something memorable. I was surprised that he remembered.


power of words

Recently I shared a toastmaster speech called The Power of Words in a recent email to some of my friends and contacts.

PLEASE Click on the title hear this special speech.

Please watch this video, I have watched it a dozen times, the speaker is 2015 World Champion Mohammed Qahtani.


Who is Mohammed Qahtani?

He is a Saudi Arabian engineer, he won the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking in 2015. Qahtani, won after several eliminating rounds that took six months with 30,000 participants from more than 100 countries.

Growing up he suffered from severe stuttering but he was able to overcome it by facing his fears, pushing the envelope and performing on stage.

He is passionate about public speaking and stand up comedy. He has participated in several conferences around the world where he inspires people to chase their dreams and he presents in Arabic and English.

He is successful both in engineering and public speaking and is a certified programmer from Microsoft and SAP, certified database administrator from Oracle and Microsoft, and certified advance speaker Gold from Toastmaster international.

He helps people achieve their dreams.



You and I have the opportunity though to brighten someone’s day, to let that person know you notice them, see them,  and that you appreciate the time they share with you.

Those opportunities are yours and mine frequently.

I remind myself, and I encourage you to seize those opportunities. If you need help in building your confidence in speaking, visit a Toastmasters club to learn how.

You and someone in your life might be tremendously thankful you developed that confidence in speaking, and communicating.

One day, someone may stop you and say

” You probably don’t remember this, but I will never forget that day when you encouraged me, it changed my life.”

Won’t you be glad you spoke up, and used your power of words.

It is a Power that you have now, the power of words; The ability to share your feelings, to make yourself heard,  or to plant a seed.



Thanks for visiting “Life and Random Thinking” today. – I hope you enjoy the speech by Mohammed just 7 minutes in length. – David

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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19 Responses to Power of Words – you already have it

  1. Jane Fritz says:

    Very nice message, David. Thank you.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. cindy knoke says:

    She is wonderful and looks like Herbert’s twin.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Deepak Joshi says:

    Very interesting post David,,power of words a blogger can easily understand

    Liked by 1 person

  4. magarisa says:

    An uplifting, well-written post. Thank you for reminding us of the power of words and sharing Mohammed Qahtani’s humorous and inspirational speech.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Words have immense power. His journey is admirable. He’s a true inspiration. Thanks for sharing 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I’ll be back for the video. This post reminds me of the Margaret Atwood documentary: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. As you can imagine, I’m a true believer in the power of words! Very nice blog post.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. lghiggins says:

    The power of the tongue–to destroy and to uplift. Good reminder!

    Liked by 2 people

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