I just heard this one on Dutch TV: “Without language, there can be no math” I knew it!
I bet you were not expecting me to use the Spanish Inquisition to help you write better headings. Well, that’s the point, isn’t it? Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition and I’m guessing that it got your attention, or you would not have read this far. The Spanish Inquisition have several ways to helpMeer lezen over “Three, no four ways the Spanish Inquisition will help you write better headings than this one.”
At the end of your presentation, when you say “Are there any questions?”, you would expect that people might pick up that it’s time for questions. Most likely they don’t really need a visual aid to help them. Nevertheless, many beginning speakers seem to think that their audience need some sort of support, a visible confirmationMeer lezen over “Last slide: Aristotle and cute kittens”
Yes, there is one. A dark side of PowerPoint I mean. It can be a tad dominant (like Vader). In fact, some presentations look as if the speaker has thought only about what they could show in PowerPoint, instead of what they wanted to say. All the books I know that deal with preparing presentationsMeer lezen over “Do not underestimate the power of the dark slide.”
Most useful bits of wisdom come from Winnie the Pooh and so they do too. Many of my students, when they are trying to sound convincing in a presentation, sound like they have just had some seriously bad news. As this rather harms their persuasiveness, I feel something must be done. So here is aMeer lezen over “How Eeyore can help you become a better speaker”
Why bottom lines should be headlines.
Dearest creature in creation
Studying English pronunciation, DON’T READ THIS, IT WILL DRIVE YOU MAD!
It has been a long time since I wrote something about writing. This will not do. Here is a lovely creative writing exercise I did with my technical report-writing group last week. Make groups of four or five; tell everyone to find a pen and a sheet of paper (no laptops or books or anything likeMeer lezen over ““Pass the parcel” writing exercise”
If the whole group has been discussing one sentence for over fifteen minutes, someone is going to suggest to strike the entire paragraph.
Obviously, when cheese was first invented, it was young first and then it got older. This must mean that young cheese is older than old cheese. Equally obviously, at the same time young cheese is younger than old cheese. Is there a name for this kind of fallacy?