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How to give an Opening Day speech

I’ve been getting a lot of visits to my site lately from people looking for ideas on giving Opening Day speeches. Many baseball and softball leagues are starting their seasons this weekend. So, here are a few tips from my experience as a Little League president that may help.

A lesson about confidence from Toddlers and Tiaras

There’s a lot one can say about TLC’s show Toddlers and Tiaras (such as “What happened to all the outrage about JonBenét Ramsey?”) Once in a while, it actually shows something useful. In one episode, it provided a lesson in the importance of self-confidence. At the “Rodeo Princess” pageant, three girls were competing in the …

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Review — Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Modern society puts a high premium on extroversion. In school, we have “show and tell” and are graded for “playing well with others.”  At work, good eye contact, a firm handshake, and the ability to present a PowerPoint deck are requirements for success. If we are successful enough, the only avenue for advancement in most …

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What is good technology? — Part II

Some big technology news came out over the past few weeks. First, the gadget-fest known as the Consumer Electronics Show. Second, Apple’s iBook announcements. And finally, the collapse of Congressional support for SOPA after the Internet’s show of force on Wednesday. What do all these tell us about good technology? Good technology is useful technology. …

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The dying art of Cursive

I had to write a note to my son’s teacher. As an old-timer, I wrote my note by hand. That’s how a teacher can tell that the note came from a parent and not something the child had forged. My son looked at the note and said, “Why did you write it in Cursive? No …

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