Spoken Word

Women on the Move

Women on the MoveNovember 26, 2012 Legal writing

I posted recently about speech patterns that undermine women’s professional authority.  This Wednesday, I’ll be speaking on a panel on communication skills for women attorneys.  The panel is part of the New York State Bar Association’s annual Women on the Move conference. (Love the name!) My panel is Communicating Effectively: Being Heard Loud and Clear. I’m excited that the organizers thought [...]

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Actually, we can speak with confidence and professionalism

Actually, we can speak with confidence and professionalismOctober 25, 2012 Spoken Word

I have like totally noticed professional women at all levels undermining their authority by (unintentionally) “up-talking,” that is, turning their statements into questions. In a recent post titled How to Kill Your Inner Valley Girl, the Careerist identifies this habit and other common ones that professional women should be aware of and avoid. The Careerist’s list comes [...]

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Body language and the debates

Body language and the debatesOctober 3, 2012 Spoken Word

Check out this fantastic interactive New York Times piece on the candidates’ body language and what message it conveys to voters. Wonderful insights for speakers!

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Obama joins the Weiner roast

Obama joins the Weiner roastJune 15, 2011 Pop culture

You probably heard that President Obama has gone on record suggesting that Anthony Weiner should resign. But you may not realize that in doing so, Obama inadvertently raised the possibility that it was Obama himself, not Weiner, who had tweeted inappropriate pictures of himself. Whaaaaat? Let me explain. As the Wall Street Journal reports, here’s [...]

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Slips of the tongue. Get it straight, people. Osama is dead. Obama is very much alive.

Slips of the tongue. Get it straight, people. Osama is dead. Obama is very much alive.May 6, 2011 Spoken Word

Slips of the tongue. Get it straight, people. Osama is dead. Obama is very much alive.

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A Jewish curse for Passover

A Jewish curse for PassoverApril 18, 2011 Spoken Word

This Jewish curse is unrelated to writing and law, but I must share it: May your wife eat matzo in bed and may you roll in the crumbs. Of course it sounds even better in Yiddish, but still.

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When it comes to nuclear safety, you can never be too precise. Very funny/tragic vintage SNL ski

When it comes to nuclear safety, you can never be too precise. Very funny/tragic vintage SNL skiApril 1, 2011 Spoken Word

When it comes to nuclear safety, you can never be too precise. Very funny/tragic vintage SNL skit that highlights the profound ambiguity of language, and the profound consequences thereof. Given what Japan is facing, the humor here has more than an ounce of truth. HT to Ed. at Blawg Review.

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Things that I didn’t know had names . . .

Things that I didn't know had names . . .March 15, 2011 Spoken Word

…but could actually be useful for brief writing. from theyuniversity: Other famous examples of epistrophe include: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny compared to what lies within us.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) “…and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” (Abraham Lincoln) “There is no [...]

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The King’s Speech, American style. Be patient. Video becomes insanely funny about

The King’s Speech, American style. Be patient. Video becomes insanely funny aboutMarch 2, 2011 Just funny

The King’s Speech, American style. Be patient. Video becomes insanely funny about halfway in.  I’ve been on the hunt for the right moment to clarify that pls clarify covers not only the written word but also the spoken word. This is it!   I’ve also been on the hunt for the opportunity to post one of the [...]

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How many words do Eskimos have for snow? Can we talk?

How many words do Eskimos have for snow? Can we talk?January 27, 2011 Spoken Word

Recent weather conditions got me thinking about snow. So I did some digging into the common notion that Eskimos have (fill in the blank with an impressively large number) words for snow. I love factoids like these that show the connections between culture and language. But alas, this one has been thoroughly spanked, debunked, and [...]

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