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The Beached Whale Syndrome

The Beached Whale Syndrome

You may have heard about – and let me assure you I have no personal knowledge of, nor can I possibly comment on – the syndrome that has over the generations been ascribed by some women to some of their male romantic partners. And it invariably seems to be males who suffer from the malady.

I am referring of course to what has been popularly known as the beached whale syndrome.

Some of you undoubtedly know the drill. After an

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Challenging Conventional Wisdom: On The Best Way To Learn How To Write A Speech

Challenging Conventional Wisdom: On The Best Way To Learn How To Write A Speech

Conventional wisdom and many books on the topic suggest you learn how to write good speeches by reading good speeches.

Well, I’m sorry, but that is not very helpful advice.

If you are into “genre analysis” — may god in her infinite wisdom bless your poor depraved soul – then by all means — read away. And, certainly silently reading a good speech won’t necessarily rot your brain. But it won’t teach you much about what good speechifying is all …

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Writing Across Age, Gender, Race and Culture

Writing Across Age, Gender, Race and Culture

As I watched President Obama’s moving eulogy at the funeral of Senator Clementa Pinckney in Charleston in late June – and his equally remarkable speech in Selma some months earlier – I once again began thinking about the challenges of finding the “voice” of our speakers when we don’t share their age, gender, race, or culture.

Can a 25-year-old write for a 60-year-old senior executive? Would a female scientist making a speech on the challenges of women in the sciences …

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Three Potentially Fatal Mistakes Freelance Writers Often Make

Three Potentially Fatal Mistakes Freelance Writers Often Make

Having been in the freelance writing game for over 20 years, I have made just about every business mistake in the book. And those mistakes have cost me clients and money. If you are a one-person company providing writing services to clients – either online or in person – here are three big time mistakes that you want to avoid.

The first is not picking up the damn phone when it rings. I know this goes against the advice of …

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