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Do You Labor for Love?

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Labor is still, and ever will be,
the inevitable price set upon
everything which is valuable.

Samuel Smiles

Do you see your life as a labor of love?  The birth day gift each of our mothers bestowed on us is a magical mix of love and labor.  As a man, I can never truly understand what labor pains really mean. Yet, time and time again, I find life’s greatest gifts through labor.  In fact, life itself depends on it. ...

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Does Your Direction Disgust You?

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Speech Smarts Disgust Podcast

The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust.
-Marcus Tullius Cicero

Disgust can be your greatest friend.  Revulsion which reverberates through your gut is impossible to ignore.  It is an emotional command to remove yourself or resolve the offense immediately.  It is a visceral lesson in avoidance.  However, when you are disgusted with yourself, no matter how hard you try, you cannot avoid yourself.   So when you feel disgust’s putrid paw on ...

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Is Forgetfulness a Zen Moment?

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Zen monks spend their lives learning how to make their minds go blank at will.  The moment an aspiring speaker stands before an audience their mind will go blank.   Unless you want to be a monk this is not a Zenful experience.  Forgetting what you are going to say is as frightening as it is inevitable.    Whether it is your opening remarks, your detailed notes or even your own name, you will forget something sometime.    Befriend your forgetfulness.  Forget about ...

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How Confident is Your Kindness?

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Are you suspicious when a stranger is kind to you?  Perhaps you don’t want to be taken advantage of, or feel obligated.  Yet, the experience of kindness is one of the supreme social pleasures, because it is mutually beneficial.  When you say or do something kind it helps to put it in context.  You can create context by clearly communicating your motivation, your offer and your expectations. Savvy speakers make the effort to turn natural suspicion into a confident connection.

Acts ...

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What Turns Off Envy?

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Envy slithers like a snake through your soul, feeding on your resentment and discontent.  With its mouth full, it whispers in anguished desire for others good fortune, character and possessions.  Envy is just appreciation so twisted it has taken a turn for the worse.  Whenever you speak well, be assured that amid the appreciation there is envy lurking about.  Standing before an audience, you become a role model whose example is emulated in appreciation or depreciated by envy.

Envy asks, “why ...

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Is Your Reaping Grim?

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…we must learn how to reap without complaint…
Jim Rohn

Sooner or later you are going to stick your foot in your mouth.  Something is going to slip out you wish you had stayed in.  Some people are so good at this they only open their mouth to change feet.  What you say is what you sow what you get back is what you reap.  To avoid becoming a grim reaper it helps to acknowledge your faults without ...

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Is Your Elocution Well Said?

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Elocution is a big word which seems to betray its meaning: the art of speaking clearly and well, with correct enunciation.  Enunci- what?  Enunciation is another fancy word which means to speak clearly.   The words you choose to use are critical.  Oratory, the art of speaking in public with style, cogency and grace is yet another word which fails to be what it describes.  When you speak clearly, your words, your message and your audience, find common ground.

Big words stick ...

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Do You Command Your Desires?

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You want it. You know you want it. A familiar craving becomes a favorite flavor dancing on your tongue, urging satisfaction.     No, I’ll be good.  I wait a little longer.  Visions fill your head.  Your tummy grumbles in anticipation.  Your mouth moistens.  You see it, clearly, waiting for you, right where you left it.  Do you give in to desire?  You want what everyone wants in life, an unfair advantage over desire.  Creating, capturing and commanding desire gives you the ...

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