Paying Attention

July 3, 2012

High Stakes Dominoes

I’ve learned the past few weeks in Natal how much the role of curiosity plays in what we pay attention to.  Almost every morning, very […]
May 17, 2012

Watch, Listen, Evaluate!

President Obama officially began his campaign for reelection last week. The consensus among most is that Mitt Romney will be the Republican candidate seeking the […]
April 11, 2012

Oops! Did I Really Say That?

A few days ago, the media played and replayed a private moment that was not so private. A “hot” microphone caught this statement by President […]
August 9, 2011

Silence is Golden

       Since I retired a few weeks ago from the university, I don’t talk as much. I don’t lecture up to twelve hours a week. I […]
July 8, 2011

Have Fun with Words

I recently spent several days in London and Northern Ireland.  Even though English is the major language in both countries, many words have different meanings […]
May 31, 2011

I Wanted to Cry!

          My favorite annual sporting event is the Indianapolis 500. Everyone in the family knows not to bother me from 12:15 to about 3:30 on […]
May 31, 2011

Winning Over Your Audience

One of the basics of effective public speaking is to identify with your audience by referring to something that connects you with them. This might […]
May 27, 2011

Get Information Before You Give Information

A way to improve immediately the quality of your communication is to get information before you give information. Here is the way this technique works. […]