In the 1916 classic autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, author James Joyce tells of an artist who has his portrait painted in his youth. Over the course of his life as the young man’s character changes, so does the portrait, until it becomes a hideous depiction of his soul [...]
“I’m in here because I’m boorish and tick people off pretty often.” That’s a comment we rarely hear from attendees walking into our interpersonal skills training program. On second thought, I’ve never heard that from anyone in the workshop. Typically the opposite is true. Boorish people seem never to recognize themselves. And pleasant people have [...]
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When the handyman wrote out his bid for re-polishing our granite counter-tops in the bathroom, he noticed a tiny hairline crack in the sink. “This sink still under warranty?” “I’m sure it expired yesterday,” I responded. “That’s typically my luck.” But I checked anyway. A quick look at the paperwork showed that we’d purchased the sink four years [...]
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Speakers Platform just announced the “Top 5 Speaker” nominations for 2011. Each year, they recognize five speakers within 15 popular topic areas. In 2009, more than 13,000 people voted. Here are a few of last year’s winners: Tony Alessandra Kare Anderson Harry Beckwith Dianna Booher Les Brown Daniel Burrus Jim Cathcart Stephen Covey Ellen Goodman Dick [...]