I’ve never watched Breaking Bad. Barely heard of it (though, I have heard the lead actor interviewed twice in recent days). But here is an article about how it nearly did not ever get off the ground, by the creator, Vince Gilligan: I Almost Broke Bad: The creator of the award-winning Breaking Bad explains how his show… Read More Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad, with the Presentation Tutorial of the Day
Millions are becoming premodern — communicating in electronic grunts that substitute for effective and dignified expression. Victor David Hanson ————— People are starved for the practical. They want to know what to put into practice now to build a better, more successful tomorrow. They are impatient; they have little time to reflect, ponder… they want… Read More Starved For The Practical, The Rejection Of All Things “Liberal” Now Spreads To Disdain For The “Liberal Arts” – Not A Good Thing!
How many commercials have you seen for Coca-Cola in your lifetime? Something close to a gazillion (to adapt Forrest Gump’s word). I’ve seen many of them and the ones for Pepsi, and 7UP, and… But given a choice, I always buy the Dr Pepper product. (What can I say?, I’m from Texas! In my youth,… Read More What’s Logic Got To Do With It? – Thinking About The Role Of Emotion In The Pursuit Of Persuasion
Aristotle said that there are three primary means of persuasion: logos (logic); ethos (credibility); and pathos (emotion). Here is a quick take on ethos – it is all in the eye of the beholder. People are more likely to listen to you and trust you if they see you as credible. And that’s the key… Read More A Quote for the Day about Credibility – from Jason Del Gandio, Rhetoric For Radicals
“Persuasion is achieved by the speaker’s personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible. We believe good men more fully and more readily than others: this is true generally whatever the question is, and absolutely true where exact certainty is impossible and opinions are divided. . . his… Read More Does Your Audience Find You Trustworthy? — 4 Components Of Ethos
(note: I live in multiple worlds. I read and present synopses of business books, and other nonfiction books; I speak and consult; and I teach speech, and study speech pretty seriously. This is a post from that part of my life). Every failed presentation fails in one of two ways: the presentation had little or… Read More 2 Ways to Guarantee a Failed Presentation
I have actually read a fair amount of Aristotle. Not in the original language (although, a little bit of that too). But in my graduate work in rhetoric, we had to read Aristotle. And he is really, really important. But, now, centuries later, his main ideas are usually summarized by others. And the summaries are… Read More The Long View vs. The Short View; or, the old “Forest for the Trees” issue – A Reflection on Learning from Reading Books
So, you want to get better at giving speeches/presentations. If you think about it, there are a lot of poor to mediocre presentations – and very few great ones. Getting really good at it takes a lifetime of study, and work, and practice. And, like anything else, it takes deliberate practice and constant monitoring. Here… Read More 3 Things to never “be” in a presentation
My book for July, 2009 at the First Friday Book Synopsis is In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing by Matthew May. The book covers many areas and numberous examples of the power of the missing element. To quote the author, “The full power of elegance is achieved when the maximum… Read More In Pursuit of Elegance – What about the Enthymeme?
Sara says: Cheryl and I teach graduate students and we’ve discovered that many don’t write well. It’s a rampant problem and when we mention it, some students get a real “deer in the headlights” look. They don’t have a clue where to start. Now, this isn’t going to be a rant about today’s youth not… Read More Communications is Key!