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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5 Bulletproof Ways to Deal With Haters

    Haters. They come in all shapes and sizes, with vocabularies that range from the grunting of cave-dwellers to the bombastic spewing of wanna-be intelligentsia. No matter what form they take, dealing with them can be frustrating and demoralizing. And no matter what you do, what you create, or where you work, they are…

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What a simple ‘thank-you’ can do

When was the last time you received a hand-written thank you card? When was the last time you sent one? While there are some people who still send these out, they’re few and far between. And their rarity makes getting one every better. Birthday cards come and go, Christmas cards are still hugely popular, but…

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Joe Biden’s DNC Speech Rhetoric…in pop-up video form!

I love rhetoric. I love political speeches. This means that election seasons are heaps of fun for me. I stayed up way too late on July 27 to create a new pop-up rhetoric video for you. This one pulls various rhetorical and oratorical devices, strategies, figures, and techniques from Joe Biden’s speech at the July 27…

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