My top pick for books about public speaking and persuasion!

Book Review: Thank You For Arguing Author: Jay Heinrichs Updated Edition. Three Rivers Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780385347754. 432 pages. After group class the other day, one of the participants and I got into a conversation about oratory and rhetoric. And I can’t talk about rhetoric without recommending my favourite book about speaking. If you don’t…

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Demagogue: a lesson in rhetoric

Demagogue, n.: A leader of a popular faction, or of the mob; a political agitator who appeals to the passions and prejudices of the mob in order to obtain power or further his own interests; an unprincipled or factious popular orator. (Oxford English Dictionary) In democracies the principal cause of revolutions is the insolence of…

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It’s a disaster! The 2016 presidential debates supercut

I made something. It has next to no instructional value, aside from demonstrating what it’s like when you use a certain word so often that it becomes meaningless and threadbare. But it’s fun! So here, for your viewing pleasure, I present to you The 2016 Debates Disaster Supercut!   Embedded video not working? Click here…

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The Rhetorical Strategy you NEED, courtesy of Trump v. Clinton!

We’ve made it. Sweet merciful mother of everything that’s holy, we’re at the end of the debates. Praise be, hallelujia. We’ve withstood the mud slinging, the ludicrous claims, the hurled invective, the hastily invented “facts.” I feel like we all need and deserve a long, hot shower. But not before another lesson in rhetoric. In debate…

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Rock the rebuttal – Oct. 9 Presidential Debate Round 2 Rhetoric!

Sunday October 9th represented Canadian Thanksgiving. I, along with many other of my fellow Canadians, gleefully stuffed myself full of turkey and pie, then settled down for a spectacular evening of sport. Mud was slung, invective was hurled. Tactics were tried and plays made, as calculated discipline on one side and flailing onslaught on the other. Oh…

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Some people are just really hard to talk to…

    Despite all best efforts, some people are simply difficult to communicate with.  You’ve probably met this person; no matter how hard you try, they seem to miss chunks of conversations.  No matter how clear the note, they still twist the message.  No matter how explicit the instructions, they still manage to screw them up.  It doesn’t seem…

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Is Your Reality Clouded by Cognitive Dissonance?

I’ve been doing a fair bit of reading lately of both the print and audiobook variety, and want to share with you some of the more interesting books I’ve come across. So from time to time I’ll be sharing with you reviews for books that have caught my attention. I hope you enjoy them and…

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What to Wear At Your Next Presentation

  We humans think with our eyes before we think with our brains. Visual information is hugely important for our cave-dweller brains, and when it comes to wooing an audience, how you look matters. Happily, you don’t have to worry about your body type, or your size, or other variables out of your control. Rather,…

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