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"Jim Jones' Followers Enthralled by his Skills as a Speaker"

Post  Khephra on Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:40 pm

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Jim Jones' followers enthralled by his skills as a speaker

(CNN) -- The key to understanding the tragedy that was Jonestown lies in the oratory skills of the Peoples Temple founder, Jim Jones.

With the cadence and fervor of a Baptist preacher, the charm and folksiness of a country storyteller and the zeal and fury of a maniacal dictator, Jones exhorted his followers to a fever pitch, audiotapes recovered from Jonestown reveal.

As he spoke, they applauded, shouted, cheered. One follower who survived the "revolutionary suicide" at Jonestown on November 18, 1978, said that Jones was the most dynamic speaker he had ever heard.

Like all powerful speakers, Jones' greatest asset was his ability to determine what listeners wanted to hear and give it to them in simple language that appealed to them on an almost instinctual level.

"He was very charismatic, very charismatic," said Leslie Wilson, who survived that fateful day in Jonestown by walking away from the settlement before the cyanide that killed more than 900 Peoples Temple members was distributed. She was one of 33 people who began the day in Jonestown and lived to tell the tale.

"He could quote scripture and turn around and preach socialism," she said. "He appealed to anyone on any level at any time."



The key to understanding the tragedy that was Jonestown lies in the oratory skills of the Peoples Temple founder, Jim Jones.
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Re: "Jim Jones' Followers Enthralled by his Skills as a Speaker"

Post  Chakravanti on Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:53 pm

No, I don't. Apotheosis isn't difficult. Try being a salesman for a while. What you realize is that some people buy and some don't It comes down to having a decent pitch and getting just enough volume (As in quantity) of pitches to allow statistics to kick in and get some sales.

So, sure, JJ had a few oratory skills but they were nothing magickal. At least no more magickal than that vacuum cleaner salesman's...or for that matter....your fucking telly-vision's...
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