Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Let's Welcome Another Prominent U.S. Senator to my List of “Today’s New Breed of Holocaust Deniers”

The purpose of the video clip below, which is from the Sunday, March 23, 2015, edition of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” is twofold: 

1. To inform you about another high-profile U.S. senator--and that too a 2016 presidential aspirant--who rejects climate change (because it serves his political ends) and is fit to be inducted into my honor roll of “Today’s New Breed of Holocaust Deniers.”  

2. California Gov. Jerry Brown’s strongly worded denunciation of this senator. In fact, Gov. Brown’s criticism is so well articulated and forceful that I am likely to use some of his verbal expression in my future speeches on the subject. I believe you, too, will find it inspiring.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Vital Negotiating Tip from Negotiator Par Excellence George Mitchell, former Senate Majority Leader and Principal Architect of the 1998 Peace Deal in Northern Ireland

In this half-minute clip, from a Rita Braver interview on CBS “Sunday Morning” (one of my three most favorite programs on television), we hear Sen. George Mitchell outline a key ingredient of his highly successful approach to negotiations.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Vocabulary Expansion Words: New Edition of “Words of the Month”

Have you looked at the latest edition of Words of the Month,” my free vocabulary enrichment feature, which has been online since the end of February? Here are the six featured words, all of which lie within the conversational vocabulary of America’s most articulate (as is the case with all of the words featured in my book, The Articulate Professional-3rdEdition”): 

1. stentorian
2. excrescence
3. quiescent
4. anodyne
5. incongruity
6. ensconce

Friday, March 13, 2015

A Pathetic First Impression! 10-second Video Clip of 2016 Presidential Aspirant Who Doesn’t Have a Clue How to Look Pleasing and “Connect” Instantly

First, the comments below are not fueled by any political ideology: My criticism would have been equally vigorous, equally scathing, had the subject been a Democrat.

Now, click on the 10-second video clip below, which is from a very recent edition (Sunday, March 1) of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and you’ll observe a miserable first impression created by the guest. 
Why do I say "miserable"? For two reasons: First, the guest (Ben Carson, a Republican presidential aspirant for 2016) appears statue-like and inanimate--what I describe in my seminars and coaching as the “Egyptian Sphinx model.”  Second, his expression is abjectly cheerless, even funereal! 

Just two of the numerous things Carson could have done in the opening seconds to create a favorable first impression: a big, warm smile and at least a modicum of physical movement--say, leaning in momentarily. And I’m not even getting into aspects of his attire, such as his poor choice of tie. For a fuller discussion on that, please visit my posts on “men’s attire,” where I discuss the principle of matching contrasts. 

Ben Carson’s has to be one of the worst first impressions I have ever seen from a person who is trying to market himself or herself, let alone someone who wants to be elected America’s next leader.

© Copyright 2015  V. J. Singal