A Little Taste of Abraham on the Stump: Substance and style from a master communicator

William Henry Herndon was a law partner and biographer of President Abraham Lincoln.  They were a study in contrasts, opposites in temperament.

Despite a poetic streak, Lincoln’s mind was logical, and he longed for the day when “reason, cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason,” would rule the world.

Herndon was intuitive; he fancied that he could ‘see to the gizzard of things’ and could predict the future because he “felt it in his bones.”

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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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Fall Down Seven Times; Get Up Eight

The hardest part of getting better at speaking and presenting is to persist in the face of discouragement.

A talent is a latent ability, something that is dormant inside you. When you work at it, it becomes a skill.

Public speaking is a talent before it becomes a skill.

If you do have a potential talent for speaking and you work at it, you are likely to receive encouragement and recognition for your talent, which then makes you want to continue, which in ...

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More ways to be a rock star speaker

We’re looking at ways you can pump up the “AWESOME” of your presentations.  Surprisingly, we’re not scrutinizing the communication techniques of Steve Jobs–we’re looking at a guy from the 1850s named Henry Ward Beecher.

It isn’t crazy.  Beecher was a rock star of a preacher whose church in Brooklyn seated 2,800. In the 1850s, he was arguably the most famous man in America.

Plus, it proves that the basics you need to be a great communicator never go out of style.

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How to be a rock star speaker

When Steve Jobs got into high gear as a speaker, many people reported that he seemed to have a reality-distortion field around him. No matter how unrealistic his claims at any given moment, people said they couldn’t help being mesmerized: his enthusiasm could suspend their disbelief.

In the 1850s, there was another spellbinder not unlike Jobs–a guy named Henry Ward Beecher, a rock star of a preacher whose church in Brooklyn seated 2,800. In the 1850s, he was arguably the most ...

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