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12 Lessons From Some Great Presentators

Embrace the Anxiety A fear of public speaking is not just common; it is innate. Our ancestors had to be accepted into social groups in order to survive, instead of standing out and being alone (and then possibly being a predator’s dinner!). We have to acknowledge our...

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The Social Dilemma Transcript – Main Arguments

Using The Social Dilemma Transcript this lesson tries to understand the influences Social Media has on the community and what should we do about it. This lesson attempts to catalog the evidence presented and validate the main arguments. Updated Oct, 2023

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How to Build a Core Competency

There is an old joke about 2 campers in woods. A bear approaches. One of the campers starts putting on his running shoes. The other camper asks, “Why are you putting on running shoes? You can’t outrun a bear!”  To which the first camper replies, “I don’t have to...

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How to Teach Civil Debate

How to Teach Civil Debate Every community confronts divisive times.  A healthy community has figured out how to have disagreements without being disagreeable. So, a key skill is teaching how to have a civil debate. The civicsrenewalnetwork.org offers a range of...

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Public Speaking Help

Conservative Approach to Public Speaking A post caught my eye The New Bible for Public Speaking. It's from townhall.com, a very conservative media outlet.  And while the author mentions Trump in this piece, it is still important. The take-aways from this post are:...

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There is no Racism

Source, https://townhall.com/tipsheet/reaganmccarthy/2020/05/08/georgia-murder-arrest-n2568454 I feel so sorry for the family of this young man, apparently a very nice young man at that, but please, can we have a moratorium on calling every single death of anyone of...

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A Stable Political System can be achieved using Fractal Thinking

This lesson suggests that Fractal Thinking is a new answer to the age-old question: How can we improve our “political” systems?” This lesson suggests that A Stable Political System can be achieved using Fractal Thinking. Fractal Thinking says that individuals can create a stable system “spontaneously” without a Government or Church Central Authority. Updated Oct. 2023

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History of Writing

This lesson on the History of Writing is intended to help the community establish a baseline understanding of the communication forces that influence our personal understanding of the world around us. By better understanding the history writing, we can better understand the natural laws that influence our decision-making today.

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Giving Feedback

Providing Feedback is a fundamental force in Communication. This lesson suggests three things to do before giving feedback: assess the quality of your relationship, diagnose the situation and clarify your motives, make sure there is clear agreement about goals, roles, and expectations. Updated Sept. 2023

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Communication Skills

The Most Important Communication Skills Needed to Improve your Decision Making And Information Gathering. Becoming a great communicator – what does it mean and what does it take? Communication Styles De-Coded: How to identify and understand the different communication...

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Communicating Ideas

Communicating Ideas At some point in our lives, we all have to communicate an idea or concept to someone or some audience.  Sometimes the idea is simple and the communication is simple.  Sometimes the idea is complex and that raises the difficulty of communicating...

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How to Encourage Responsible and Meaningful Engagement in Public Discourse

I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of -CLARENCE D ARROW To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know. That is true knowledge. -HENRY DAVID THOREAU We have met the enemy and he is us. -WALT KELLY'S "PoGo"...

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The Difficulty to Building Consensus is on clear display with Religion on Wikipedia. But there are solutions. Like Separating Facts and Conclusions, and transparency to the source.

A interesting post from the Religion New Service (RNS) about the "Edit Wars" on the Religious Pages of Wikipedia clearly demonstrate the difficulty to Building Consensus.  But, there is a solution.  Clearly identify what are facts and what are conclusions.  Then...

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Words to Avoid

There are certain words we hear in conversation that can instantly set us off. They're the kind of words that our brains hear as attacks and thus prompt us to react defensively (and sometimes even aggressively). In a recent study, we discovered a whole slew of...

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10 Skills of Confident People

First things first: Confidence is not bravado, or swagger, or an overt pretense of bravery. Confidence is not some bold or brash air of self-belief directed at others. Confidence is quiet: It’s a natural expression of ability, expertise, and self-regard. 1. They take...

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