18 Quotes from a Brilliant Eccentric

Cherish people who are eccentric. They see things differently.

Kurt Vonnegut authored several books that transfixed the reading public from 1959 to the posthumous publication of his last work in 2013, including The Sirens of Titan, Mother Night, Cat’s Cradle, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions, Jailbird, and many others.

Here he is on video demonstrating his theory of the shape of stories. He originally developed the theory for his thesis as a student at the University of Chicago. They ...

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Benefits of being a good public speaker

The benefits of being a good public speaker aren’t always obvious.

Consider this:

When you get an MBA, you have increased your value considerably in the work force.

But if you not only get an MBA, but then discipline yourself to become a highly effective communicator–a highly effective speaker–you’re increasing your value probably another 50%.

Why?  Because it is incredibly powerful to have somebody who is both highly knowledgeable on the hard side and really effective on the ...

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Quote-a-Week on Goals, Success, and Power for 2017

The end of December is a good time to review what you’ve accomplished and set goals for the coming year. Sometimes, it’s invigorating to think about the 365 days that stretch out before us, and sometimes it’s overwhelming to think about doing it all again.

Here are some quotes to inspire you this upcoming new year–to get you revved up and keep you going. There’s one for each week of 2017.

  1. “You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. ...
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20 Quotes that Make You Realize the World Doesn’t Make Sense

Want to get your rose-colored glasses blown off your nose?

Daniel Kahneman is an Israeli-American psychologist notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, as well as behavioral economics. He was awarded the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. He is the author of Thinking Fast and Slow.

Listen to his perspective. Whether you agree or disagree, it’s fascinating to consider:

  1. “A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity ...
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Political Gesture du Jour

There was the “Clinton thumb”–which most likely originated with John F. Kennedy.

Nixon’s “V for victory” at the helicopter door. Although he used it a few times before 1974.

And the “Dole pen”–a prop he carried in his right hand. His arm sustained an injury in WWII.

Now, there’s a new political gesture du jour. Learn more about the Hillary Clinton “Hand over the heart.”



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Vehemence aids eloquence

Just got back from a trip to the West coast, where I was working with people at the top of the food chain in terms of their cognitive intelligence. Yale, Stanford, Notre Dame–brainiacs. My assignment? Help them get presence!

I skirted that word by simply saying that presence is hard to define, but we know it when we see it. So we did not spend any time trying to define it. Instead, we spent our time trying to display it.


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