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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 98) – Aldous Huxley

“Words and the meaning of words are not matters merely for the academic amusement of linguists and logisticians, or for the aesthetic delight of poets; they are matters of the profoundest ethical significance to every human being.” — Aldous Huxley Advertisements

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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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Grammar: Cause and “Effect”

This post is part of a series on grammar and vocabulary.  From time to time, I will post short articles highlighting some of the common mistakes that I have seen on presentation slides, and how to avoid them. Today we … Continue reading

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Grammar: Some Good “Advice”

One of the surest ways to lose credibility with your audience is to pepper your PowerPoint slides with spelling and grammatical mistakes. I am constantly amazed by presentations with such shortcomings, especially ones by native English speakers.  If your own … Continue reading

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Speaking in English

The German Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck (1815 – 1898), once said that the most significant aspect of the 20th century would be the fact that in North America, people speak English.  Bismarck was prescient.  Over the past 100 years or … Continue reading

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