“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
― Pablo Picasso
To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful.
— Edward R. Murrow, legendary news reporter
“One of the greatest strengths you can bring your audience is to not have it all together.”
— Renee Swope, author/speaker
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
– Arthur Ashe
Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.
– Neil Gaiman
For President’s Day, here is some advice about leadership I found from George Washington in a letter to a young colonel. I think it applies to teachers as well.
“The best general advice I can give…is to be strict in your discipline; that is, to require nothing unreasonable of your officers and men, but see that whatever is required be punctually complied with. Reward and punish every man according to his merit, without partiality or prejudice. Hear his complaints; if well founded, redress them; if otherwise, discourage them in order to prevent frivolous ones…
“Be easy and condescending in your deportment to your officers, but not too familiar, lest you subject yourself to a want of that respect which is necessary to support a proper command.”
From “The Real George Washington: The True Story of America’s Most Indispensable Man” by Jay A. Parry and Andrew M. Allison (2009).
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I suggest to students that the pretend they have to pay me one dollar for each word they use, to see how many dollars they can save if they try.
Kathryn Lindskoog, author of “Creative Writing: For People who Can’t Not Write” quoted in William Brohaugh’s “Write Tight: How to keep your Prose Sharp, Focused and Concise.”
Do you think this suggestion should apply to speeches as well?