On Writing a Speech - Earl Nightingale Another essay by Earl Nightingale from the How to Completely Change Your Life Series The person who does a lot of speaking will usually have a fine library and be a good reader and have a good working knowledge of his language. If you’re writing a speech and you’re not sure of your grammar, especially syntax, have a person who’s more knowledgeable on the language edit it for you. You might brush up a little bit too. If you’re at all unsure of a word’s pronunciation, by all means, look it up and check it carefully. Mispronounced words drop like bombs into an audience. Sloppy speech habits must go if we’re to stand up and speak to an audience. We owe it to them. It’s offensive otherwise. It’s very difficult to write and speak flawless English, of … [Read more...]
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Self-Improvement: Two Keys to Enthusiasm - Earl Nightingale Another essay by Earl Nightingale from the How to Completely Change Your Life Series Reading Bernard Levin’s excellent piece, “In Praise of Exuberance,” I became concerned anew, as he has, about the general disappearance of exuberance and enthusiasm in the modem world. It reminded me again of the powerful cartoon I saw some years back by the European artist, Fernando Krahn. In the first panel, he shows a group of small schoolchildren entering a street-level subway station. As the children head down to the subway, they’re the picture of exuberant joy. They’re laughing, playing and tossing hats in the air, as children do. But in the next panel, we see a group of middle-aged adults coming out of a subway station. They wear the … [Read more...]
Writing: The Most Important Element - Earl Nightingale Another essay by Earl Nightingale from the How to Completely Change Your Life Series “What is the single most important element necessary to make an effective speech - or book?” I don’t think that’s a difficult question at all. The most important element necessary to make any communication effective is to be interesting. If you cannot make what you have to say interesting, you shouldn’t be making a speech in the first place. Some say the one vital ingredient is enthusiasm. I don’t agree. I’ve heard many speakers who were extremely enthusiastic about their subjects and left me completely bored. I agree that it’s good to be enthusiastic about your subject and if it’s interesting you should be... and so will the audience. The one … [Read more...]
Self-Improvement: The Phantom Wall - Earl Nightingale Another essay by Earl Nightingale from the How to Completely Change Your Life Series Have you ever stopped to think about how much more people could have, know, and do if they would only try? When timidity, self-consciousness, and vague memories of past failures all contrive to erect a phantom wall between us and the things we would like to have or do, we need courage to leap or painfully clamher over it and achieve our desires. Emerson wrote: “What a new face courage puts on everything! A determined man, by his very attitude and the tone of his voice, puts a stop to defeat and begins to conquer.” Courage is often a matter of simple logic. Say a boy at a high school prom refrains from asking a girl to dance. He’s afraid she … [Read more...]
Self Improvement: Memory Is Good— and Bad - Earl Nightingale Another essay by Earl Nightingale from the How to Completely Change Your Life Series Everything in nature has two sides: a good and a had, a positive and a negative. In philosophy this thought goes back thousands of years to the Chinese Yin and Yang. The Yang is the good, the sunny side of the hill; the Yin is the dark. There is a dualism in everything in the universe. The rain that waters and fertilizes the crops also brings ﬂoods; the ﬁre that warms our homes and cooks our meals causes widespread havoc when out of control. We are familiar with the dualism of love and hate. Have you ever thought about the good and the bad sides of memory? Each of us really has a very short memory. Yes, the subconscious remembers … [Read more...]
Online Business: It Filters Down From The Top - Earl Nightingale Another essay by Earl Nightingale from the How to Completely Change Your Life Series Your attitude, whether you have any employees or not, affects your customer and affiliate sales people, even your "social network" circles. Consider these tips from the serial entrepreneur Earl Nightingale. Have you ever heard the expression “to raise morale”? It’s an expression frequently heard in the military service and in organizations of all kinds. But when you stop to think about it a minute, you realize it’s a misstatement: morale is not raised from the bottom; it ﬁlters down from the top. The employees of a business, and it makes little difference whether it’s the corner supermarket or the largest corporation, will … [Read more...]