Welcome to the most stressful small-talk time of the year! If you are among those who are biting their nails down to the quick with worry over how you are going to survive this year’s enforced get-togethers, fear not. I’ve created the definitive guide to surviving holiday party small talk, whether you are trapped at a mandatory office…
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…
Note: This will be the last post for 2014 – enjoy it, enjoy your holidays, and I’ll see you again in January! Welcome to the most stressful small-talk time of the year! If you are among those who are biting their nails down to the quick with worry over how you are going to survive…
I interrupt our series on communicating with intimacy to bring you a long overdue bit of Friday Silliness.
In today’s lesson, Toby Turner – also known as the YouTube personality Tobuscus – demonstrates how tone can completely contradict content. Alliteration aside, it is a useful lesson.
Tobuscus: Dramatic Song
Does your chorus sound like Coldplay?
You know, like, totally whatever?
That aggravating upwards lilt of the voice makes you sound like an non-confident teen girl. I will be merciless when it comes to stripping you of that most wretches of speaking habits!
I will also make you watch Taylor Mali’s brilliant freestyle poetry on that very topic.
For my American friends, here is a guide to holiday dinner etiquette. Note the hilarity that can be created by using technically correct words in an unexpected context.
Or just have fun with the sheer puerile nature of this offering. Don’t show it to your kids.
Be careful when you ask for honest feedback or honest opinions. You might just get them.
Have you ever wondered how to tell when it’s time to shut your gob? Causing a child to cry is a pretty good indication: Dear Little Girl: Sorry We Made You Cry About ‘Bronco Bamma’ and Mitt Romney. Poor thing. I’ve felt that way during truly atrocious presentations. Incidentally, Canadian news gets…
One of the workshops I provide is about answering questions under fire. Today’s video is an example of what can happen when you are under fire and lose control of where the questions may go.
Today’s dose of silly provides both hilarity and a lesson. The hilarity occurs within the first 1:30 of the video, a double dose of writhing embarassment at Romney’s awkwardness and a laugh-out-loud moment at the newscaster’s reaction. This is followed up by a good commentary about keeping true to your style and personality when speaking…