Anyone able to reflect on this, based on years of personal experience or through research, knows that one of the biggest evolutions since the latter half of the twentieth century has been the speed of communications. Technology has become an indelible, intrusive catalyst of delivery; combined with more recent omnipresence of the internet and social media, has meant being part of a revolution in daily life around the world. Read the rest of this entry »
If there’s a message underlying many escapades in The Simpsons’ annual Halloween “Treehouse of Horror” episodes, it’s that simply twisting the slant of everyday routines can be sufficient to make reality a black humour version of unnerving, or worse. This emerges most overtly when the backdrop is parody, shaped by the tone of this venerable take on animated life.
The most memorable moments stem from great writing, about altered states. These stand out, like in life itself, the dust settling in varying layers of destiny. Read the rest of this entry »
Stories have a better chance to come to life when we construct and deliver descriptions which the listener’s mind’s eye can see.
Stories may be the essence of the message being presented. Stories might also be part of the construction, such as in support of the theme of a speech. The latter example is part of the formula discussed in an article in the October issue of Toastmaster magazine. Read the rest of this entry »