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Podcast #698: The Secrets of Public Speaking From History’s Greatest Orators

Despite the fact that public speaking remains an important and relevant skill in our modern age — you never know when you’ll need to give a toast at a wedding, pitch an idea at work, or champion a proposal at a city council meeting — most of us get very little instruction these days in how to do it effectively. Fortunately, my guest says, we can look to the great orators of the past to get the public speaking education we never received. His name is John Hale, and he’s professor of archeology...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Athens, Lincoln, John, Public Speaking, Gettysburg, PAUL, Abraham Lincoln, Will Rogers, Patrick Henry, John Hale, Demosthenes, Money & Career, Winston Churchill Guide


The 10 Best Biographies of American Presidents

In 2017, I embarked on a project of reading a biography of every American president. Forty-five men and over 25,000 pages later, I finally finished just before Joe Biden assumed the helm. It wasn’t an easy task, and certainly sometimes dull (especially through long parts of the 1800s), but always intriguing and unendingly fascinating.  As with all biographies, the books were full of life lessons. Though these presidents attained the highest office in the land, they also dealt with obstacles ...
Tags: Books, Texas, Washington, Life, Senate, America, Travel & leisure, Joe Biden, United States, Washington Dc, Winston Churchill, Manchester, South America, Lincoln, John, Jfk


How to Choose a Biography to Read

Biographies are a particularly rich genre of books. By reading them you can learn not only about an individual’s life, but through that personal prism, find an accessible window to the historical period in which they lived. Paradoxically, the more particular something is, the more generally it can be applied, and even if some figure lived a very different and much more epic life than yours, following the contours of their story can grant you plenty of insight into your own. But what do you do w...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Life, Travel & leisure, New York Times, Winston Churchill, Lincoln, Napoleon, Andrew Roberts, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Roberts, Caro, Lyndon Johnson, Ron Chernow


10 (Non-Religious) Books to Get Into the Devotional Reading Habit

Each day, too, acquire something which will help you to face poverty, or death, and other ills as well. After running over a lot of different thoughts, pick out one to be digested thoroughly that day. —Seneca  Today, we largely associate daily “devotionals” — short, reflection-spurring texts — with religious scriptures and faith-themed books which feature musings, challenges, and brief bits of inspiration for each day of the year.  But as Seneca proves above, for millennia, devotional-type...
Tags: Books, Life, Habits, Travel & leisure, Philosophy, Jordan, Routines, Leo Tolstoy, Personal Development, Aristotle, Tolstoy, Abraham Lincoln, Henry David Thoreau, Kyle, Brett, Emerson


The Self-Care Routines of 5 American Presidents

In the last several years, talk about the idea of “self-care” — doing things to care for your own mental, emotional, and physical health — has become more and more common. At first, the term felt a little cringey and self-indulgent, something used largely amongst women-focused lifestyle blogs to rationalize booking a spa day and by the wellness industry to sell pampering products. But if self-care has sometimes been overused as a buzzword, its fundamental premise is still quite sound. In any...
Tags: Florida, Obama, Washington, Oregon, Life, White House, America, Hobbies, Ohio, Lincoln, Venice, Kate, Shakespeare, Harry Truman, Fdr, Lucy


6 free online courses from Ivy League schools to educate yourself on race and America's long history of injustice

These humanities courses will help you understand the history of racial oppression and violence in the US. AP In the wake of protests against racism and ahead of a presidential election, now is an important time for Americans, especially non-Black people, to educate themselves on the history of race and racial oppression in the US. Business Insider found several free online courses on race and white privilege offered by top institutions like Yale University and Stanford University. The cou...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Washington, Time, Race, US, Careers, America, Trends, Strategy, Joe Biden, Features, Racism, United States, Harvard University, Columbia University


Upcoming elections too much to bear? Why not ‘live under a rock’?

If the pandemic and upcoming elections are stressing you out, maybe it's time to consider literally living under a rock with a promo deal from Hotels.com.
Tags: Politics, Design, Maryland, Hotels, Listings, Lifestyle, Radio, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Presidential Election, Getaway, Abraham Lincoln, Back To Basics, Coronavirus Pandemic


Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks on Powerful Books, Mystics, Richard Dawkins, and the Dangers of Safe Spaces (#455)

Illustration via 99designs “Win the respect of people you respect, and you can forget the rest.” Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (@RabbiSacks) is an international religious leader, philosopher, and respected moral voice. He was the chief rabbi of the UK and Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013 and the recipient of the 2016 Templeton Prize, in recognition of his “exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” Rabbi Sacks has been described by HRH The P...
Tags: Facebook, South Korea, UK, London, Wales, US, Lifestyle, House Of Lords, Hungary, NHS, Oxford, Cambridge, Tony Blair, Helix, Charles Darwin, Lincoln


Develop a Strong He-Man Voice by Using the Voice Nature Gave You

With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Friday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in November 2011. Have you ever listened to a recording of your voice and cringed? Perhaps you were surprised about how nasally or high-pitched it was, or how hard you were to understand. Perhaps in that moment you wished for a manlier, more pleasant-sounding voice. A deep, stro...
Tags: Featured, Life, Communication, John F Kennedy, Morgan Freeman, Npr, James Earl Jones, Jfk, Sean Connery, Social Skills, Salt Lake Tribune, Abraham Lincoln, Barry White, Theodore Roosevelt, Dean Martin, Howard Cosell


Theodore Roosevelt’s Heartwarming Letters to His Children

When Theodore Roosevelt assumed the presidency in 1901, he became, at 42 years old, the youngest president in the country’s history, and his children with wife Edith were similarly youthful in age. Theodore III (14), Kermit (12), Ethel (10), Archibald (7), and Quentin (4), along with seventeen-year-old Alice from TR’s first marriage, brought an unprecedented level of enthusiastic, early-years energy to the White House.  Though the responsibilities of his office were great, Roosevelt always trie...
Tags: Mississippi, West Point, Navy, California, Washington, Life, White House, Virginia, America, San Francisco, Ted, Harvard, Algonquin, Wyoming, Santiago, Arizona


What Does It Mean to Be a Man? 80+ Quotes on Men & Manhood

With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Friday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in September 2013. When putting together our first two books, we sought to pepper the text in each with quotes about men and manhood. What we quickly discovered was that no comprehensive source for such quotes existed. You could find a few on general quote collection sites, a sma...
Tags: Featured, Life, Stephen King, Rome, John Wayne, Benjamin Franklin, Shakespeare, Jack Kerouac, Churchill, John Ruskin, Cambria, Walter Scott, George Macdonald, George Washington, Malcolm X, Baby Boomers


Abraham Lincoln, Bringing People Together, and Your Career

In this article Harrison discusses the power of unifying force in any organization. The success of your career will largely be determined by your ability to be a unifying force rather than a divisive... By Harrison Barnes
Tags: Careers, Abraham Lincoln, Harrison


Making Your Moods Work for You

Editor’s note: The following chapter on “How Moods Can Help Our Work” was excerpted from The Technique of Building Personal Leadership (1944) by Donald A. Laird.  “Well, that’s that. Now we have hit bottom and there is no way for us to go but up.” This was the calm comment of a business friend who had just received word that his best customer, for whom he spent more than three million dollars a year, was transferring his business to a competitor. Only a few weeks earlier I had seen this same ma...
Tags: Life, Chicago, Philadelphia, Lincoln, Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln, Money & Career, Donald A Laird


The Best Books to Read in Uncertain Times

A few days ago, I was playing some one-on-one basketball with my son Gus. As he was taking the ball back to our driveway’s “half-court line,” he stopped and said, “You know Dad, COVID has really changed our world really fast.” It’s an obvious observation, but when your nine-year-old articulates it, it stops you in your tracks for some reason.  Gus is right. The world has really changed really fast due to the global pandemic. And it continues to change rapidly and fluidly from week to week,...
Tags: Books, London, Montana, Life, Job, Travel & leisure, Ireland, Lincoln, Jeremy, Jack, Cormac Mccarthy, Marcus, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Auschwitz, Abraham Lincoln, Gus


The Lucky Charms of 7 Famous Men

Superstitions — beliefs that are neither directly religious nor logically sound — have surely been around since time immemorial. Humans have always sought to get the edge on the seemingly supernatural forces that govern fate — to ward off bad woo-woo and attract good luck. And while the idea that some cause can influence some entirely unrelated consequence isn’t based on reason, it does have its own sort of rationality: some research shows that superstitions can significantly improve one’s perf...
Tags: England, Life, White House, Germany, India, Travel & leisure, Nasa, Paris, Guinea, Raf, Lincoln, Apollo, Collins, Neil Armstrong, Hemingway, Ruth


Sam Zell — Strategies for High-Stakes Investing, Dealmaking, and Grave Dancing (#407)

“If I can’t run it, then I don’t want to own it.” — Sam Zell Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show , where it is my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types to tease out the habits, routines, favorite books, and so on that you can apply and test in your own life. This time, we have a slightly different episode. I will not be the one doing the deconstructing. Instead, we have a takeover by my very good friend, Peter Attia. As longtime listeners o...
Tags: Japan, Real Estate, China, Russia, Negotiating, US, Lifestyle, Chicago, United States, Poland, WTO, Bob, New York Stock Exchange, Sam, Negotiation, Gucci


Ivanka Trump's Lawyer Tried To Change Michael Cohen's 2017 Testimony

The first daughter and White House advisor's schedule isn't public, but we'll keep you posted on her goings-on every weekBack in 2017, Ivanka Trump's lawyer allegedly suggested changes to Michael Cohen's statements to Congress in order to distance the first daughter from the deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to emails reviewed by Vanity Fair.Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and a convicted felon, said during an explosive congressional testimony last month ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Vladimir Putin, Congress, California, White House, Russia, New York City, House, Moscow, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Senate Intelligence Committee, Vanity Fair, Trump, Cohen


Trust Your Intuition in Your Career and Life

When I was around 11 years old, a couple of friends of mine, Charlie and Dave, had found a use for an amazing garden of sculptured bushes that was behind Charlie’s house. I had never understood or appreciated how exciting a garden could really be. Charlie’s dad was a very successful salesman of something or other, and he and his family lived in a giant corner house on a street called Sunningdale, in Grosse Pointe Woods, a nice suburb of Detroit. Charlie was about the richest kid in our elementar...
Tags: White House, Careers, Chicago, Dave, David, Mark Twain, Detroit, Adolf Hitler, Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, Charlie, Twain, Halley, Caesar, Add Post Footer Plugin, Sunningdale


Abraham Lincoln, Bringing People Together, and Your Career

--> Several years ago, after September 11, 2001, I was speaking with the founder of an internet consulting firm in San Francisco. The firm was getting ready to close its doors and go out of business because all of its work had gone away. During the several years when the business had operated, they had consulted for a few firms that had ended up becoming very successful. However, the majority of the firms they consulted for had closed their doors and gone away. Since the founder of the company h...
Tags: Careers, San Francisco, United States, Union, Lincoln, Republican, Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, United States Senate, Ulysses S Grant, United States House, John Wilkes Booth


A Salute to Brooks Brothers, Turning 200 Years Old

Before there was the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Terminal, and the cities of Hollywood and Chicago, there was Brooks Brothers. We won't make you hunt, here are five once-in-a-lifetime 200th anniversary products that you'll want to add to your basket. #BrooksBrothers200 A post shared by Brooks Brothers (@brooksbrothers) on Apr 1, 2018 at 4:11pm PDT Saturday, April 7, 2018, marks the 200th anniversary of America’s oldest retailer—a bench...
Tags: Fashion, Japan, England, Hollywood, Massachusetts, New York City, Uncategorized, Advertising, US, America, Chicago, Anniversaries, Ford, Innovation, Oxford, Retail


Brooks Brothers Turns 200 This Weekend

Before there was the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Terminal, and the cities of Hollywood and Chicago, there was Brooks Brothers. We won't make you hunt, here are five once-in-a-lifetime 200th anniversary products that you'll want to add to your basket. #BrooksBrothers200 A post shared by Brooks Brothers (@brooksbrothers) on Apr 1, 2018 at 4:11pm PDT Saturday, April 7, 2018, marks the 200th anniversary of America’s oldest retailer. Since ...
Tags: Fashion, Japan, England, Hollywood, Massachusetts, New York City, Uncategorized, Advertising, US, America, Chicago, Anniversaries, Ford, Innovation, Oxford, Retail


The Importance of Good Manners

Editor’s note: The following essay — “The Fine Art of Living Together” by Bentley Bates — comes from The Boy’s Own Book of Leadership, published in 1933.   A heap of fellows think manners don’t amount to much. They have an idea it is sort of sissy to be polite. They’re not using their heads. Just as oil makes an engine run more quietly and easily and efficiently, so do manners make your life and the lives of the folks with whom you come in contact run more quietly and pleasantly and efficiently...
Tags: Life, Etiquette, Harvard, United States, Mother, Abraham Lincoln, Roosevelt, Bennie, Relationships & Family, Bentley Bates, Weir Mitchell


The Spiritual Disciplines: Fasting

Welcome back to our series on the spiritual disciplines, which explores exercises that can be used to train the soul. The purposes and practices of these disciplines are approached in such a way that they can be adapted across belief systems. “By overloading the body with food you strangle the soul and render it less active.” —Seneca In our last installment of this series, we explored the spiritual discipline of simplicity, defining its essence as having a clear purpose in life, and then priorit...
Tags: Congress, France, Life, Boston, Virginia, United States, Jesus, Lincoln, God, John Adams, George Washington, Mardi Gras, Buddhist, Abraham Lincoln, Ryan, British Parliament


POTUS Said What?!: Cut, Cut, Cut

Welcome to POTUS Said What?!, a weekly roundup of Trump’s most asinine and ineloquent sound bytes and our effort to understand WTF he’s even talking about.This week, Trump is sad that he can’t take over the Department of Justice, is getting under Republican leadership’s skin with his latest tax cut plan branding suggestion, and is excited to mansplain East Asian history to the people of...East Asia. “What we have right now is a joke and it’s a laughingstock.” WTF? President Trump had this and m...
Tags: Asia, Fashion, Music, Japan, Wtf, Guantanamo Bay, North Korea, China, New York City, Fbi, Gop, Hillary Clinton, United States, House Of Representatives, Fox News, Department Of Justice


The Spiritual Disciplines: Solitude and Silence

Welcome back to our series on the spiritual disciplines, which explores exercises that can be used to train the soul. The purposes and practices of these disciplines are approached in such a way that they can be adapted across belief systems. “Not all men are called to be hermits, but all men need enough silence and solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard at least occasionally. When that inner voice is not heard, when man cannot attain to the spi...
Tags: Europe, Life, Paris, Winston Churchill, Jesus, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Disciplines, Auschwitz, William James, Abraham Lincoln, Koch, Henry David Thoreau, Abbey, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Muhammad, Emerson


The Spiritual Disciplines: Solitude and Silence

Welcome back to our series on the spiritual disciplines, which explores exercises that can be used to train the soul. The purposes and practices of these disciplines are approached in such a way that they can be adapted across belief systems. “Not all men are called to be hermits, but all men need enough silence and solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard at least occasionally. When that inner voice is not heard, when man cannot attain to the spi...
Tags: Europe, Life, Paris, Winston Churchill, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Disciplines, Auschwitz, William James, Abraham Lincoln, Koch, Henry David Thoreau, Abbey, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Muhammad, Emerson, Calhoun


South Dakota: wild beasts and Badlands make the silver screen come to life

Pick from decades of movies set in South Dakota and you’ll find legendary towns, incredible wildlife and tumultuous history, all within easy driving rangeThe good news about Mount Rushmore is that despite being a cliche of Americana, it’s genuinely breathtaking. Spectacular, actually, especially against a bright blue sky with clouds as fluffy as George Washington’s hair.The bad news is that you can’t clamber all over the giant sculpture, getting up Teddy Roosevelt’s nose or hiding in Abraham Lin...
Tags: Travel, Life and style, US news, Culture, South Dakota, Alfred Hitchcock, United States Holidays, North And Central America Holidays, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Mount Rushmore


Podcast #333: Solitude & Leadership

About a year ago, I had cultural critic William Deresiewicz on the podcast to discuss, among other things, a speech he gave at West Point in 2010 on the power of solitude in making better leaders. It’s a powerful speech and my guest today is one of the individuals who was impacted by it. So much so that he spent seven years researching and writing a book on the intersection of solitude and leadership. His name is Mike Erwin and he’s the co-author of the book Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Le...
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This Hugh Jackman Movie Doesn't Come Out Until Christmas, But Everyone Is Obsessed Already

When I think of the circus, I think of summer days in a tent that smells like hay, watching elephants languish in captivity. I think of the dark history of freak shows, of people ogling at “curiosities.” I think of Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love, a book about a circus man who bred his children to be mutants in his traveling show.With the film The Greatest Showman, whose trailer dropped yesterday, I finally have the opportunity to wash all those negative associations from my head, right? Possibly. T...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Fashion, Music, England, New York, America, Hugh Jackman, Philadelphia, Victoria, Rebecca Ferguson, Fiji, Penn Station, George Washington, Tom, Abraham Lincoln


Johnny Depp Lights His Career On Fire By Joking About Assassinating The President

Walking bracelet display case Johnny Depp apparently hasn't read a history book or paid attention to recent news. While attending the Glastonbury Festival in England, the actor tried to lighten the mood by making an out-of-place and incredibly awkward joke about assassinating the president, according to The Hollywood Reporter."Can we bring Trump here?" he asked the audience. "I think he needs help."Despite the uncomfortable laughter, Depp continued with his rant and asked, "When was the last ti...
Tags: Fashion, Music, England, Cnn, Gop, Ted Cruz, Johnny Depp, Donald Trump, Trump, Kathy Griffin, Abraham Lincoln, Johnny, Depp, John Wilkes Booth, Grenfell Tower Charity, Chet Cannon



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