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Why Reading and Writing, but not Speaking and Listening?

For most of us, reading and writing were part and parcel of our elementary curriculum. We were diligently taught how letters made sounds, sounds made syllables, syllables made words, and words made phrases and sentences. We were taught to process what we read, to read for information and the subtleties that were “between the lines.” […]

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The Counterproductivity of Counting Uhs and Ums

I recently attended a well-known public speaking organization, Toastmasters, to learn more about their structure and strategy in  developing speakers. While I appreciated their focus on strong organization, the building of vocabulary and the pursuit of grammatical accuracy, I found the  practice of counting  “ums” rather counterproductive. Telling a speaker they have 7 ums and […]

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