The Missing Piece : Thinking

Deresiewicz states in his lecture to the United States Military Academy which was printed in The American Scholar in the Spring issue of 2010 that there is a rise in mediocrity, multi-tasking is bad, and that solitude & thinking are needed in leadership. The following excerpt from the article “Solitude and Leadership” sums up the dire need for individuals that have more than what is … Continue reading The Missing Piece : Thinking

Different Thinking by Knowing the New

Harvey Mansfield tried to encapsulate the essence of the Executive in his book “Taming the Prince“, but in the end he realized something. With all of the expertise he had on Philosophy, Theory, History, and the examples of leaders from the past, he still considered Leadership or characteristics of Leadership, a mystery. Understanding leadership requires being a leader and in being a leader, one must … Continue reading Different Thinking by Knowing the New

Book : Positioning : The Battle for Your Mind

Society and all of its accouterments has a way of shaping the individual as well as the individual has a way to shape the society around them with their own characteristics and qualities. This is what we do at Talk for Change. We find ways to shape and society so that it’s a better place for ourselves in the present and the future. Shaping and … Continue reading Book : Positioning : The Battle for Your Mind

Book : Presenting to Win : The Art of Telling your Story

If you are working in the Industry, you are more than likely in a pursuit is to convince people to buy goods or services, donate funds, or sign off on a project. What are the elements of your success in these situations? Will it the glossy “one-pagers” which you have distributed as presentation collateral? Will it be your voice and tone of delivery of the … Continue reading Book : Presenting to Win : The Art of Telling your Story

Planning and Organizing Your Speech

Being able to get infront of a crowd and speak what is in your mind itself is a challenge many folks can’t handle. Many people fear public speaking more than parachuting. I don’t really know if that’s true, but I do know that developing a voice is a challenge. Being comfortable with the sound of your voice infront of multitudes is one step towards being a good communicator.

Book : Speak like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln

Lincoln and Churchill were some of the greatest orators of their time. Both had to over their fear and inability to speak publicly with practice, patience, and more practice. Churchill used to write out his speeches with overt “Power Pauses” so that he knew went to stop talking, look at the crowd, make eye contact, and resume with the next sentence. Lincoln was a soft … Continue reading Book : Speak like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln

Book : The Lost Art of the Great Speech

For those looking to be exceptional public speakers, I would recommend this great book. The Lost Art of the Great Speech is a classic which first published in 1930. It contains valuable wisdom on how to write and to deliver a speech. The best idea that I got out of it while preparing for a speech last year was to know the purpose and reason … Continue reading Book : The Lost Art of the Great Speech