Something You Should Know About Language


Lost Art Of Conversation

September 2, 2013

 

Interview with Eileen McDargh, author of the book Gifts from the Mountain: Simple Truths for Life's Complexities (BK Life (Hardcover))

 

http://www.eileenmcdargh.com/

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Something's missing in the workplace and it's called conversation.

 

Eileen McDargh:
I know that when I hear people tell me, "I've never seen my boss, all I see are emails" - and you don't get emotionally connected to an email.
 


Eileen McDargh

Grammar Myths

August 21, 2013

 

Interview with Patricia O’Conner, author of the book Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, 3rd Edition

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Back in school you were probably taught by your English teacher to never end a sentence with a preposition. 

 

Patricia O'Conner:
Well the truth is that people were ending sentences with prepositions for seven or eight hundred years, including Shakespeare and writers of the King James Version of the Bible.
 


Patricia O'Conner

Origins Of Body Part Names

August 2, 2013

 

Interview with Charles Hodgson, author of the book Carnal Knowledge: A Navel Gazer's Dictionary of Anatomy, Etymology, and Trivia

 

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Mike Carruthers:
What do you call the back of your hand? The back of your hand - but it actually has a name, it's called your… 

 

Charles Hodgson:
Opisthenar and that is the real word that means the back of your hand. It's strange that we use a multi-word expression to refer to the back of our hands when there's a real word.
 


Charles Hodgson

Etiquette For The Modern Workplace

August 1, 2013

 

Interview with Valerie Sokolosky, author of the book Do It Right! The New Book of Business Etiquette

 

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Mike Carruthers: 
If you remember no other etiquette rule, particularly workplace etiquette, remember this… 

 

Valerie Sokolosky:
When in doubt, don't. And that goes to, "Oh dear, should I wear this today?" Well if you're in doubt, don't. It goes to behaviors, "Oh dear, should I say this, should I do this?"
 


Valerie Sokolosky

Difficult Conversations - Part 2

June 5, 2013

 

Interview with John Stoker, author of the book Overcoming Fake Talk: How to Hold REAL Conversations that Create Respect, Build Relationships, and Get Results

 

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Mike Carruthers:
You know those really difficult conversations you have to have with your spouse, your child or your boss? What makes them so difficult is the potential for conflict.

 

John Stoker:
My research has indicated that most people avoid conflict like the plague. So if they think there will be a conflict they won’t’ talk about what the issue is - so it’s just easier to just kind of withdraw altogether.
 


John Stoker

Difficult Conversations

June 4, 2013

 

Interview with John Stoker, author of the book Overcoming Fake Talk: How to Hold REAL Conversations that Create Respect, Build Relationships, and Get Results

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Ever dread having one of those difficult conversations?

 

John Stoker:
I would think that a difficult conversation is any conversation that you would toss and turn about - the ones that great angst, frustration and maybe a high degree of emotion.
 


John Stoker

Stealth Communication

February 18, 2013

 

Interview with Ronnie Moore, author of the book Why Did I Say That? Communicating to keep your credibility, your cool, and your cash!

www.rmoorecommunications.com

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Have you ever been the recipient of what’s called stealth communication? It happens a lot at work.

 

Ronnie Moore:
So the boss has 10 people on staff, 1 of them is always late the other 9 are always early.
 


Ronnie Moore

Common Grammar Mistakes

February 15, 2013

 

Interview with June Cassagrande, author of the book Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Grammatically speaking the sentence, "Try and get this done." is wrong.

 

June Casagrande:
Some grammarians make a case for "try and" but grammatically speaking it is kind of non-sequiter. It doesn't make sense.
 


June Cassagrande

When Conversations Go Bad

November 1, 2012

 

Interview with Dr. Ben Benjamin, author of the book Conversation Transformation: Recognize and Overcome the 6 Most Destructive Communication Patterns

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Who taught you how to communicate?

 

Dr. Ben Benjamin:
The most important skill a person needs to have a good marriage, to have a good job is how to communicate. And nobody ever gets classes in communication because we always assume we can do it – and most people really can’t.
 


Dr. Ben Benjamin

The Fonts You Use

September 11, 2012

 

Interview with Simon Garfield, author of the book Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Go to write something on your computer and you have a ton of different type styles to choose from. There are over 100 thousand of them in the world with more on the way. Don’t we have enough?

 

Simon Garfield:
You could say the same argument for love songs or landscape paintings. You think oh well there surely must be enough in the world but actually we are a creative race.
 


Simon Garfield

Be A Better Writer

August 17, 2012

 

Interview with Fred Lybrand, creator of The Writing Course

 

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Mike Carruthers:
What is good writing?

 

Fred Lybrand:
There are two pieces to good writing; one is just getting it correct. And when it's correct, it means people can understand what you actually said.
 


Fred Lybrand

Using Stories To Persuade

August 2, 2012

 

Interview with Lisa Cron, author of the book Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence

 

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Mike Carruthers:
When you want to persuade, make your case or sell an idea the tendency is to present facts and figures but here’s the problem…

 

Lisa Cron:
We’re not wired to make sense of facts we don’t really know what to do with them and they don’t tend to penetrate.
 


Lisa Cron

Science Of Human Communication

June 21, 2012

 

Interview with Mark Robert Waldman, co-author of the book Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy

 

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Mike Carruthers:
When you communicate with someone the words you say are not as important as you might think.

 

Mark Robert Waldman:
The most important element of a conversation is the person’s facial expression; the second most important element is the person’s tone of voice.
 


Mark Robert Waldman

How We Really Communicate In The Electronic Age

May 29, 2012

 

Interview with Ed Keller, author of the book The Face-to-Face Book: Why Real Relationships Rule in a Digital Marketplace

 

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Mike Carruthers:
With all the talk about Facebook and Twitter you might think that social media has become the primary way by which we communicate – not so.

 

Ed Keller:
The overwhelming amount of word of mouth that takes place is still in the real world, offline, face-to-face, and while online social media is getting a lot of attention now it is a small fraction of the total volume.
 


Ed Keller

Techniques To Be A Better Writer

September 1, 2011

 

Interview with Sandra Lamb, author of the book How to Write It: Complete Guide to Everything You'll Ever Write

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Have you ever had to write something and had trouble saying what it is that you want to say? Well, here’s some help

 

Sandra Lamb:
Think through your message all the way from beginning to end and be able to state what you are going to write in 1 message sentence.
 


Sandra Lamb

Why Written & Spoken Language Is So Different

August 29, 2011

 

Interview with John McWhorter, author of the book What Language Is: And What It Isn’t and What It Could Be

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Language is more about speaking than it is about writing.

 

John McWhorter:
Because writing came along only about 55 hundred years ago whereas speech has probably existed for about 150 thousand years – so if language had only existed for 24 hours then writing came along at about 11:07pm.
 


John McWhorter

Foreign Words We Mispronounce

August 24, 2011

 

Interview with Chris Warmash, Publishing Director of Living Language www.LivingLanguage.com

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Mispronouncing foreign words is hardly a crime but it is interesting to discover the correct pronunciations of words many of us have been mispronouncing when we go to a restaurant. The big one is bruschetta.

 

Chris Warnash:
Because it’s got that “sch” in there and that looks like the German way of spelling “sch” but it’s actually pronounced “brusketta” but you can just say “brusketta”.
 


Chris Warnasch

Why Humans Read So Well

August 15, 2011

 

Interview with Mark Changizi, author of the book Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Humans have been reading and writing for only a few thousand years a relatively short time in human history and yet we are incredibly good at it.

 

Mark Changizi:
If you were an alien and you watched us every day what humans do, you’d think that we evolved to read because we’re good at it - but we know we couldn’t possibly evolved to read. 
 


Mark Changizi

Reading Body Language - Part 2

June 10, 2011

 

Interview with Joe Navarro, author of the book What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People

 

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Mike Carruthers:
To some degree you already know how to read body language - every human being does.

 

Joe Navarro:
Our species assesses for danger first and then assesses for hierarchy second and then we look for other things like emotions and so forth.
 


Joe Navarro

Reading Body Language

June 9, 2011

 

Interview with Joe Navarro, author of the book What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Body language, if you learn to read it, can tell you a lot about someone.

 

Joe Navarro:
Our bodies reflect what we think, what we feel, and what we intend.

 


Joe Navarro

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