Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. — Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington, D.C., The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963

It is always – including now; this time – the time.  Now is the time. On August 28, 1955, Emmett Till was murdered…because of the color of his skin. (Just over 3 months before Rosa Parks was arrested for not moving from her seat on a bus). On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke Read More

Logos; Ethos; Pathos; the foundations, the basics of effective speaking – (and don’t neglect Mythos)

There are great speakers, just like there are great writers, and athletes, and leaders, and actors, and…  And, sometimes, those great ones do something really out of the ordinary in their greatness; something that no one else can quite match. But, in reality, that is rare. Often, greatness is seen in getting the basics right.  Read More

Two Foundations, and a warning – Master these and be a better public speaker

(When I don’t have time to write blog posts, it is because I am obligated elsewhere – away from my computer. — So…busy days…). But here is a quick thought about speaking.  Tomorrow, I am leading my Executive Public Speaking Workshop. So, this is on my mind. Let’s think about the elements of effective speaking.  Assuming that you Read More

A History of America in Ten Strikes by Erik Loomis – Here are my seven lessons and takeaways

News item: The Business Roundtable said Monday that it is changing its statement of “the purpose of a corporation.” No longer should decisions be based solely on whether they will yield higher profits for shareholders, the group said. Rather, corporate leaders should take into account “all stakeholders”—that is, employees, customers and society writ large. David Read More

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss – Here are my Seven Lessons and Takeaways

What is negotiation? — The majority of the interactions we have at work and at home are negotiations that boil down to the expression of a simple, animalistic urge: I want. …Negotiation serves two distinct, vital life functions—information gathering and behavior influencing—and includes almost any interaction where each party wants something from the other side. Read More