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Robots (Poem – 447 words)

The robots are coming! Why should I fear? “They’ll take over your jobs, Polish their nuts with your beer!   Make drone to your spouse, Milk all your honey, Steal your children’s affection, Encrypt all your money!   We don’t want their kind, We don’t need them out here. We’re fine with old adage, Busting our …

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Eternal Season (1075 Words)

I awakened and looked at my phone.  The meeting time and place were set.  I was beginning to get nervous.  I had a drink of water and went for a run to calm my nerves and to think.  I headed north up 20th street towards San Vicente and then west towards Ocean.  The morning sun …

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Quicksand

I try and move, But I’m slowed down, in an invisible mud, Fighting not to drown, But not a violent fight, No slashing, no thrashing, It’s  subtle plight, Slowly lashing, Bits of my soul, Are starting to crack, The foundations are giving, Is it strength that I lack? Is the fire too dim? My wisdom …

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The Curtains Will Fall

The noise is daunting, I fight to stay calm, To follow the melody, To sit and play on. I look at my sheet, strum the notes through, listen to the beat, the rhythm untrue, When will the curtains come down, Will I run out of time? If I stray from the page, With my own …

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POETIC Framework: Ten-Point Checklist for Presentation Content Creation (364 words)

While preparing a new customer presentation recently, I used the POETIC framework as a guide.  During the process I realized that for more experienced presenters and communicators, a focused list of key components to deliver to your audience may be more helpful than the full framework.  For times when you are focused on content creation of your presentation or discussion, I’ve created a ten-point …

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Book Review: The Teacher & the Salesman (626 Words)

The following review was written by Tee Wai and posted on her book review blog:   “Title: The Teacher & The Salesman: A Communication Reference Guide for Delivering Engaging and Informative Discussions Using the POETIC Framework Author: Mohibul Nahar Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited Date of Publication: 23 July 2017 Genre: Self-Help Rating: 5/5   “A good …

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Greatest Movie Montage Ever? (175 words)

This montage is from Rocky IV in 1985.  I work out to this movie’s soundtrack every morning. [SPOILER]  This montage takes place right after the Russian steroid-popping military juggernaut, Captain Ivan Draago, kills Apollo in an exhibition match.  Rocky has just accepted a challenge to fight Captain Draago in Russia.  He is torn emotionally because …

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The Beast Within (700 Words)

[An internal dialogue regarding feelings of injustice in the world, originally written shortly after June 12th, 2016] I’ve always had an internal anger inside me, gnawing away and fueled by my perceptions of the world. The anger, strengthened by people who kill, in the name of hate and extremism, those who are innocent and different …

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