I had already been speaking professionally for a number of years at that point. I had my own style. I had my own way with words. I had confidence and strong material. But when they told us what the judges were looking for, I set aside everything I knew about speaking, and tried to do it their way. The result?
In this final post of my blog series about getting beyond Us/Them thinking, I’d like to talk about the part we each play in what happens to all of us. The world is my country. All mankind are my brethren. To do good is my religion. – Thomas Paine I love that quote. That’s from…
At the reunion, I wonder if I’ll get back a few more pieces of my youth. And I suppose I may wonder, after being around former classmates and friends, if I had a do-over, how I would do things differently.
Consider the power of positive projection. It’s based on the fact that most people rise or fall to the level of your expectations and projections. This phenomenon has been used by exceptional teachers to turn average students into exceptional ones, by loving wives to turn angry husbands into loving ones, and by managers to turn poorly performing employees into stellar ones.
In this final part of my blog series on how to roast a friend, I’ll provide you with two examples, the first involving my friend John (Thanks, Milton!) The second using yours truly.
So what do we know about John? Well, according to his wife, he is incredibly absent-minded and forgetful ,and he is becoming even more so as he ages.