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Speech-Time Exclusive, Issue #001 -- Two Rules, Mere Words, and Skills Without Boundaries
July 30, 2007

Two Rules, Mere Words, and Skills Without Boundaries

There are two rules for public speaking success:

Rule 1: Don't tell people everything you know.


“Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel? One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of a viol or of a lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey


Are you the life of the party but bore of the meeting? Do you have a clean office and a messy home? If you can finish every physical race but have problems meeting deadlines, don't despair. You've already developed the skills you need, you just haven't applied them to the proper area of your life! So...

You can fix bad habits and conquer personal struggles with just two minutes and a note card!

Write down a bad habit or a personal struggle. Now find an area of your life where that issue isn't a problem. Maybe you can't seem to get to work on time, but when you're meeting friends you're never late! Figure out what characteristics and habits make them different different; write those down, too. Finally, find a way to make the situations similar. Maybe you see your office work as more important than your home environment, or maybe you've got a filing system at work for memos but not at home for bills – fix the viewpoint or fix the system. It's possible, because in at least one area, we already have!

Until next time,


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