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ByRick Deutsch

Words to avoid when public speaking; these will make your audience cringe.

Public Speaking is a hard job. Not everyone can do it. Next to death itself it’s the most feared activity! You will have trouble get your information across when you use irritating words and phrases. Some sudiences will actually count the number of times you use them in a talk.

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Speakers rehearse to get hackneyed phrases out

“Uh” –  This is the #1 breather that the brain uses to get the next thought organized.  Yes, I hear Congressmen do it a lot.  Listen to Nancy Pelosi.

“You know” – No, we don’t know. Tell us and stop saying this.

“Well” – Also a place holder.

“So” – So What? Avoid this. Many begin sentences with “so”….

“Like” – the Millennial contribution to the language. Like is a good word when used properly .… as in “I like you” or “a bicycle is like a motorcycle.” But when every 10th word is “like” it gives older people pause. Like get rid of it! You will like be much happier and like you will do better in your evaluations and the audience will be like happy.

“I mean” – Of course you mean it. Don’t tell me in advance that you really mean what you are going to say.

“You see” – yes, I have eyes. Don’t say this unless you want me to look at something.

“OK” – yes, it’s fine. Continue on.

“He goes” – This one is not much so a public speaking use; but it can creep in…but it still bugs me as in: “I told my wife we should go out to dinner. She’s like: no, I cooked chicken.”

HELP is here – Read: We teach Pubic Speaking

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ByRick Deutsch

3 things you must add to your cruising checklist

You DO have a checklist – don’t you?

I have found three things that really should be on your checklist when planning a cruise. I learned the hard way.

If you wear contact lenses…bring a spare pair. I got an eyelash on my right one and it felt like sandpaper. Somehow it was under the lens and would not move when I teared up. Pain. The only option was to pull it out. Do not put them in your mouth to wet them. A gaggle of bacteria will end up in your eye with really bad consequences. The same reason you don’t soak them in water – use the cleaning fluid.

I didn’t have any of that so I had to toss it. l had a spare, so I completed the trip with one eye. I’m pretty myopic so I had to limp and squint. My good eye got me home.

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Your meds. I didn’t count correctly prior to a two week trip and was a day short. I have to take a cluster of meds after some aorta surgery: aspirin, blood pressure, ACE inhibitor, beta blocker, yada yada. Well, since these must be taken every day….I cut some of them in half and went with half dosage. Not good. I felt the effects.

Spot remover. I often drop pasta sauce on my shirt. I can try to cover it with my necktie, but feel like a 5 -year old. Tide makes postage sized stain removers. I now put a few in my kit.

So keep your checklist up to date. If you don’t have one – think about it.

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Don’t walk around with stains on your shirt

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ByRick Deutsch

Forget Global Warming: the “Plastic Ocean” is going to kill us.


Surely you have heard about the Texas-sized pile of garbage that is floating out in the Pacific. But it’s not the only one. Mega-tons of our discarded refuse heads out to sea daily.

The ocean is huge. 70% of the surface…so what’s it matter if you toss a bag, or wrapper or STRAW into the drink.  Well, it must matter with 7.5 billion people doing it.  OK. Not that many live in access of ocean water..but you get the idea.

So the plastic degrades to little balls, the balls look like plankton, creatures eat the balls and are caught, then we eat the fish.  Duh.  We try to digest the plastic and it doesn’t work….we die.   Ipso facto.

READ:  Venice combats litter in this gorgeous city.

Millions of plastic straws go into the trash daily. They can last 100 years or more in the ocean. Enter the cruise industry. Gosh, with the thousands of passengers sailing, a lot of straws are used. I’ve been on ships where when you get a can of soda, you have to ask for a straw. Soon paper straws will be given – like in the 1950’s. One line is going to use metal straws.

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The plastic ocean – you can;t vacuum it all up!

I never us a straw.  Here’s the real reason, Eco aside.  I’m part Italian and when I talk I wave my hands a lot.  Often I will hit the straw and toss over the contents. Sooo, I now go straw-less ….. and it works!  I’m no longer the guy who spills the drink over a woman’s dress.

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