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Opening and Closing Arguments

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What did you say? Nothing! And so another argument begins. You argue to be heard. You argue to persuade. You argue to win. Arguments show what’s right and end only when someone admits their wrong or quits arguing. As a speaker you have to stand up and argue for what you believe, what you know and why it matters, without being argumentative. The three keys to presenting your arguments are noble motives, logical flexibility, ...

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Are your Accustom to your Costume?

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Every day you choose a costume that communicates your character. Your distinguishing character traits show through no matter how carefully you disguise them. Your speech reveals how you feel regardless of what you want to conceal. How you put yourself together on the inside matters more than how you cover up the outside. When you faithfully fashion your costume, your thinking, and your feelings, what you wear will never wear on your audience.

Would you wear ...

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What gives?

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Is it a box, with colored paper, ribbons and bows?

Is it a thought, thoughtfulness and timeliness?

Is it the gift inside the box or inside you?

Your gifts are the intentions of your soul made whole.  A gift needs to be given.  Transforming a thing into something special begins by offering something of value.  You can only give what you have.  So, what’s on your gifted list? You mean gift list, right? No, I am referring to the values and talents within ...

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Do you have plenty of good?

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Good and plenty is a horrible candy.  My mouth puckers in disgust just thinking about the licorice flavored white and pink pellets.  Thanks to the internet, I have one more reason to detest this confection.  It is made from bugs.  Now, I understand you may really like licorice so feel free to munch away but crunching on bugs is a bit much.  Now if you read the ingredients on the box, it will say “Artificial Color (K-Carmine and Red ...

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Talking About Your Revelation?

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A revelation is a discovery so fascinating, a distinction so refined or a truth so transformational, you see the world anew.  When we speak what we believe, our words and expressions are steeped in our personal philosophy.  If you are serving up a weak and tepid brew, here are a few thoughts worth thinking through.

Do you speak or seek?    Having something to say doesn’t mean you have said something.  When all is said and done, much has been said but ...

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Is Your Mask Wearing?

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Boo… Boo who?   Boo you when you mistake your mask for yourself.  Masking your feelings can come off as a little two faced, especially when what you say is a treat and how you say it is a retreat.  Until we face the fact that we are always wearing a mask, our masks are veiled choices.  When you unveil yourself, you will find masks that you see through, masks that you take off and masks that you put on.

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Is your address shallow?

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Is it shallow to judge a book by its cover?  Well, where else can you start?  Instantly, a book jacket invites you to pick it up or let it lie.  If the title intrigues you, you will turn the book over and scan the back cover.  In seconds, you decide whether it is believable, relevant and worthy of your attention.   Hopefully your presentations are more interesting to see than to read.  If not, consider emailing your power point slides to ...

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Is Your Life Contemplative?

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The unexamined life is not worth living.
– Socrates

A contemplative life is calm and thoughtful. More often than not, life is chaotic and challenging. Thinking through what makes life meaningful is worth some serious contemplation.  Listen to the rhythm of your heart, the music of your mind and the sounds of your soul.  Examining and connecting what you think with what you do is essential for better communication.  A few areas of life worth reflecting upon are your ...

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