Patti Smith and the physicality of writing

November 24, 2015 | Writing

Mike Consol teaches public speaking, PowerPoint presentation skills and business writing to companies and business professionals in the Oakland-San Francisco-San Jose Bay Area. Contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 925-449-1040.

Senator Ted Cruz and the power of pausing during our presentations

November 16, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

I’m going to show you a 60-secord video clip of Sen. Cruz speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives recently. What I want you to notice is how pronounced and effective his pauses are during this brief portion of this statement. Take a look and listen…

Writers — find the right word by building your vocabulary

November 09, 2015 | Writing

During the writing workshops that I teach, I always make a point of urging participants to build their vocabularies. Not because I’m encouraging them to use a bunch of big, polysyllabic words, but because we want to a broad array of words at our disposal when making word choices. This is what Mark Twain was talking about when he said this…

Successfully moderating panel discussions – tip #13 video

November 02, 2015 | Presentations, Verbal communication

This is the 13th of an intermittent series of 15 tips for successfully moderating a panel discussion.

Novelist James Hynes on the writer’s creed to SHOW DON’T TELL

October 19, 2015 | Writing

The problem is … the concept is often not very well understood by writers. One writing instructor who offers clarity on this topic is novelist James Hynes, whose thoughts on the show-don’t-tell creed I came into contact with recently.

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