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120 Things to Help You Create Your Bucket List February 16, 2010

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Your Life List: Create A List of Things To Do Before You Die

Set some time aside to create your life list and stop putting off your dreams for “someday”. Take inspiration from the movie “The Bucket List” and ask yourself: If I had one year left to live, what would I be sure to do?

Create a list of 100 things you want to do before you “kick the bucket” and start crossing items off your list, today. So, what should you include in your life list? Maybe you want to . . .

  1. Write a script for a TV show.
  2. Do stand-up comedy.
  3. Attend Loy Krathong, the sky lantern festival in Thailand.
  4. Go camping.
  5. Ride a gondola in Venice.
  6. Learn how to salsa dance.
  7. Host Saturday Night Live.
  8. Visit a Renaissance fair.
  9. See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.
  10. Witness a solar eclipse.

“Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed (98 3/4% guaranteed).” – Dr. Seuss

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15 Tactics to Establish Ethos: Examples for Persuasive Speaking February 10, 2010

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Your speaking ethos is critical to ensure that your audience is present, listening, and open to being persuaded by your ideas.

But, how do you maximize your ethos for a given speech and a given audience? Is ethos fixed before you open your mouth? Is there anything you can do during a speech that makes a difference?

In the second of this Aristotle comparison to public speaking, you will find out Andrew Dlugan’s interpretation of ethos.  Please feel free to express your thoughts – both agreeing with or disagreeing with Andrew’s thoughts!

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What is Ethos and Why is it Critical for Speakers? February 2, 2010

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Is your audience listening even before you speak your first words?

Do they have high expectations?

Are they prepared to be convinced by what you have to say?

If not, you are suffering from poor ethos.

The first article in Andrew Dlugan’s Ethos, Pathos, and Logos series introduces these core concepts for speakers.

In this article, he defines ethos, he looks at ways that an audience measures your ethos, and he examines why it is so critical for a successful speech.

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Tip of the Week: Run Amok January 27, 2010

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Recently, at the Golden Globe awards, host Ricky Gervais opened strong and received warm audience response. Then he steered off course, and set in motion a comedy death spiral. It all centered on his private body parts. An inappropriate topic, the audience withdrew their support. The more strained and feeble their response, the more desperate and unfunny Ricky became.

When you sense the audience or client pulling back; reacting badly to a comment; or losing interest, simply STOP! Avoid the automatic human default to add more detail, tap dance faster or increase your speed. Pause, breathe, and proceed. Don’t let anxiety make you run amok. Hit the reset button – which is always within your reach.


What Aristotle can teach us about persuasive speaking January 26, 2010

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In a recent blog by Andrew Dlugan titled “Ethos, Pathos, Logos: 3 Pillars of Public Speaking” identified Artistotles secret to being a persuasive speaker.

He introduces us to the three pillars that Aristotle outlined.  He identifies Ethos ad the credibility or character of the speaker.  He then tells us that Pathos is the emotional connection the speaker has with the audience.  He explains that Logos is the logical argument.

In this post, Dlugan states several times both in his statement as well as in response to a few of the commentators that all three of these pillars are important when giving presentations.  He teases us in this post about how each individual pillar relates to our speaking and promises to address each pillar individually in future posts.

I agree with him that each pillar is important in public speaking.  I also agree with the comment that depending on the audience and purpose of the presentation will determine the order of importance of these pillars.

I will continue to pass along Dlugan’s posts on this subject, but I would also like to get your opinion of which of these three pillars ranks the highest and under what circumstances.