communication and speaking

Communicating and Speaking

A collection of notes from people and literature relating to the difficult skill of speaking and communicating. Although we probably communicate more than anything else, most of us do it more poorly than anything else.

Practical skills of connection:
  1. Finding common ground
  2. Making your communication simple
  3. Capturing people’s interest
  4. Inspiring them, and
  5. Being authentic

General Notes / Examples

  1. Attitude - Doreen in Rome's Borghese trying to see Bernini's David.
  2. Control - the dogsled example of letting control go but still directing the sled
  3. Everyone talks about communicating, but what about connecting (few connect)
  4. If you can use a story to convey your point - do it!
  5. Fifth-generation Airmen


Quotes / Thoughts / Public Addresses
  1. Aptitude meets opportunity meet attitude (main points in a public address from retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Robert D. Gaylor)
  2. Don't run out of family before you run out of career
  3. "JTF" - Job (you need to know it and do it) // We're in this together // Faith, Family, Friends
  4. The Power of Attitude: "Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events & outcomes. It is a catalyst...a spark that creates extraordinary results."
  5. "We can do no great things, only small things with great love" - Mother Teresa
  6. "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt
  7. "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." - Ronald Reagan
  8. "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help'." - Ronald Reagan
  9. Every minute devoted to putting the proper person in the proper slot is worth weeks of time later. - Colman Mockler, Gillette CEO


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