Manner of Speaking

25 Principles of Adult Behavior

John Perry Barlow was an American poet, essayist, political activist and cattle rancher. He was also a lyricist for the Grateful Dead.

On 7 February 2018, Barlow passed away. As the tributes an obituaries poured in, Barlow’s 25 Principles of Adult Behavior was frequently referenced. I hadn’t looked at them in a long while but as I reread them, I was reminded of the power in these simple, fundamental principles.

I was also struck by how many of these principles could be—and should be—applied by public speakers.Rest in peace, John.