Parents were often advised during the era of the Great Depression to shield their children from the terrible financial stresses threatening their family. It was a terrible time.  People lost their farms, their homes, their jobs, their savings, their companies, their banks and in many cases their lives. Even more, while the financial situation of the nation and the world grew worse and worse, the clouds of war were gathering. It is estimated that by

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The 6 Steps to Name Retention and Recall Your ability to recall a person’s name is just a workshop away from going from embarrassing to impressing yourself and everyone you know or will ever meet. It is said hat the sweetest sound to anyone’s ears universally in any language is their own name. It is also said that your favorite subject is yourself. If these two statements are veri tas Harvard University’s motto, “only the

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R U comUniKtg w/ evry1 like ths? Can you carry on a conversation about any current events? Do you stay on top of the hot topics related to your field? No matter what your age, gender or area of expertise, communicating correctly and professionally is vital. This skill becomes even more important if you hope to take on more job responsibility, you’re looking for a job or you’re hoping to move up the ladder. Texting

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I was annoyed some years back when the film “The Dead Poets Society” won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.  How could I be an outlier by disliking such a popular movie? Well, that’s because I didn’t think it was very “original,” as the award declared. Go back if you can and look at it one more time. You may find as I did that it was little more than a pastiche of literary

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I had a new client about a month ago. He is an actor, but not just an actor looking for a job. This man is so diverse he was acting in a play, memorizing a script to sell cars at a convention, he’d just completed a major role in a motion picture that is being released in a month, and was also performing for a webseries. No moss grows under his feet. I spent about

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Have you heard the news? What news? Well, rumor has it that ——— so starts the gossip. Gossiping as described by researchers is not mainstream empirical concept or positive means of communication in the work place, home and social surrounding. In some culture, gossiping is termed as “mind poison” that starts unquenchable fire. Rabbi Mendel Kessin described gossiping as poison, unhealthy food for the mind that cannot be purchase from any store, does not come

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Humor is just another defense against the universe. — Mel Brooks, famous funny person. Here are some quick tips on using humor in your speeches. Don’t presume you are incapable of being funny. You can learn to be funny and incorporate humor in your speeches. This is a skill like any others you need to speak. Feel free to be funny.Let yourself go. A confident relaxed attitude is the first thing you need to master.

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I do a lot of communication skills training.  Most of it revolves around how to make dynamic presentations.  So when I saw an article in Bloomberg Business Week recently called “Slide Your Way to Hell,” I paid close attention.    The article took a few shots at PowerPoint.  In part it said… “(PowerPoint) has been installed on no fewer than 1 billion computers.  An estimated 350 PowerPoint presentations are given each second…The best speakers at any

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