|12 May 2013||Posted by Donn King under Communication, Miscellany, Thoughts|
Mark Twain once said in a letter to George Bainton, in 1888, “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” As we’ve said here numerous times, it’s not what happens to you but what you think about what […]
|28 April 2013||Posted by Donn King under Administrivia|
Astute readers will notice we didn’t make our usual Wednesday posting last week. My apologies, but at the moment I have to get my head down and charging ahead. We are wrapping up a demanding spring term, and it just makes sense for me to pause for a bit. Other than this post and perhaps […]
|21 April 2013||Posted by Donn King under Communication|
Employers sometimes put a lot of effort into employee recognition programs, and well they should. The Ragan.com web site cites an infographic from Work.com that says among other interesting bits that employees need some form of recognition every seven days. It then goes on to detail some of the mistakes companies make in their […]
|14 April 2013||Posted by Donn King under Humor, Speaking|
Last week, I posted a couple of tips from a recent speaking experience about practical humor for speakers. Let’s continue with that this week.
|10 April 2013||Posted by Donn King under Humor, Speaking|
I mentioned earlier that I had a great time last weekend at the District 63 Toastmasters Conference. Part of the reason, honestly, is that the education session I conducted went well, by which I mean people seemed to enjoy learning something practical about parliamentary procedure. I don’t think anyone expects to have fun with Robert’s […]
|7 April 2013||Posted by Donn King under Speaking|
My students constantly hear: people don’t make decisions based on logic. They make decisions based on emotion; they justify decisions based on logic. That means that you must have both, of course. I do not mean to devalue logical appeals in persuasive speeches. But if you want people to act, you must appeal on an […]
|4 April 2013||Posted by Donn King under Administrivia, Communication|
Lots of activity this weekend, because it’s the fall conference for District 63 Toastmasters. I’ll be presenting an education session Saturday morning on “Colonel Henry Robert, Vampire Slayer: Making Parliamentary Procedure Exciting.” So, I’m focused on getting that ready. I do want to mention, though, that I’m finishing up an ebook to give a right-brained […]
|1 April 2013||Posted by Donn King under Speaking|
A few days ago, I posted Three Misconceptions That Sink Presentations. We could go on and on, but right now, here are three more.
|28 March 2013||Posted by Donn King under Speaking|
Lots of people speak these days. TED.com has sparked a revival of interest in both giving and hearing speeches. And while most TED speakers provide a good model, plenty of misconceptions still float around about speaking. Here are three.