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Author Archives: Matthew Arnold Stern

Why I’m not nostalgic for the 80s

This post is inspired by a typo. When someone talked about being nostalgic for the 1980s even though she didn’t grow up during that time, I replied: As someone who spent my 20s in the 80s, they all that great. — Matthew Arnold Stern (@maswriter) June 11, 2018 Oops. So am I or am I …

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Shame on you, El Toro, if you didn’t vote

El Toro High School, I have a bone to pick with you. Actually, I have several, but I want to talk about one that is important – voting.

How to answer questions

On May 24, I gave my presentation at the Muzeo in Anaheim based on my book Mastering Table Topics. My subject, “How to Answer Questions,” may seem basic at first. We’ve been answering questions since we were old enough to speak. But think of all the times you’ve encountered people who can’t give a simple answer. …

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My first speech

My first public speech was at my bar mitzvah. I was decked out in my new green suit and tie (remember, this was the 1970s) with my talit and a kipah my mom embroidered for me. Although I was shy, I felt comfortable standing on the bimah in front of family and friends. I had …

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See me at the Muzeo

This month, I will be speaking about my book Mastering Table Topics. On May 24 at 6:00 p.m., I will be at the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, California. In my presentation, I will provide tips on public speaking, show how to answer questions in different situations, and give audience members the chance to …

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