Tag Archives: Dan Heath

Sound Advice from George Orwell

Seth Godin recently wrote a post on good writing habits. He says that the reason business writing is so bad is that people are either afraid to say what they mean, because they might be criticized, or afraid to be misunderstood … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 87)

“[S]tories are told and retold because they contain wisdom. Stories are effective teaching tools. … Stories illustrate causal relationships that people hadn’t recognized before and highlight unexpected, resourceful ways in which people have solved problems. … “The story’s power is … Continue reading

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Patience

Sometimes, for whatever reason, the people in the audience (or at least some of them) just don’t get it. They do not understand the point that the speaker is trying to make. They ask questions that the speaker thought had … Continue reading

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Be like Carl Sagan

In my series entitled “Making it Stick”, one of the posts discusses how to be credible as a speaker. One of the pieces of advice is to put things, especially statistics, into context for our audiences. Failing to do so … Continue reading

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What drives you?

There is a word in Japanese – ikigai (生き甲斐 – pronounced “ee-ki-guy”). There is no one word in English that is its equivalent. In fact, to express the concept in English, we have borrowed a phrase from French – raison d’être. … Continue reading

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