We received some interesting comments and questions this month and I wanted to share them with you. First here is a small sampling of the comments we received this month: "Your communication article in TOS made me laugh. I am a talker. The first thing the Lord told me to do while I was just hours old in the faith was silence...That silence intrigued my hubby who followed me to church and was soon saved himself. LOL You are right on keep up the good work!" -Heather W. "Hi, JoJo! Loved your article in The Old Schoolhouse magazine!:) Good stuff!" -Kimberly E. "I can't wait to listen to this week's show!" -Leslie V. "This issue with the different type of conversationalists was an absolute SCREAM! I laughed so much! Thank you for this, JoJo!" -Beth J. Thanks ladies! I am always excited to hear from our customers and subscribers with feedback on what we offer. Thanks for taking the time to write in! Two questions that were asked this month were things I thought many of our customers may be wondering so I chose them as the questions I would answer this month on Mailbag Monday. Here they are: 1. "I just ordered and received the Teen Bonus Pack and Defending The Faith. Do you recommend completing them in any specific order? Thank you!" -Judy K. The Teen Bonus Pack was designed to be done in the order it is listed on the product page: Say What You Mean for Teens, Know Your Audience and Say What You Mean: A Creative Speech Course. SWM for Teens is a general communication study that will teach basic communication skills as well as a speech that is done in small bites which is perfect for beginners or shy students. Know Your Audience is a listening and persuasion course teaching students to tailor their message to different audiences. SWM: A Creative Speech Course is an actual speech course that makes it fun and easy for students to learn both impromptu and prepared speeches. However, Art of Eloquence eStudies are designed to be flexible. Each study is a complete and separate course and may be used on their own and in any order. Further, most of our studies are easily adaptable to a co op setting where you may not have a full 18 week (semester) to deliver your class. I have personally done co op classes using Art of Eloquence studies that were 8 or 10 or 16 weeks. Most lessons are also complete and may be used separately. If you look at the makeup of your class (or the needs of the individual student), you can pick and choose which lessons to include in your abbreviated class. If you would like more information for your particular student or class, I am always available via email for a short consult. 2. I received a call from a customer asking what age to start teaching her children communication skills. It's funny she should ask this month as one of my podcasts on the Communication Comedy Network is this week's show on how early we should begin to teach our children communication skills. Art of Eloquence has several studies and fun things for kids as young as preschool to enjoy and learn these vital skills. We do so not just to capture a larger market, but because in my experience with my own children, it is far better for them to begin their study of communication skills at this age than to wait until fear or bad habits or rejection sets in. You see, I was an incredibly shy child and grew up without the benefit of having these social skills. It hindered almost everything I did until I learned that my shyness wasn't a personality trait. It was a lack of social communication skills. And once that issue was address, I became the outgoing gregarious goofball God intended me to be. The problem? It took MANY years to undo all I had learned with respect to how I related and communicated with others. I made a vow that I would not allow that to happen to my children and so I began their communication skills training when they were quite young because that's when they have fun learning and soak it up as a sponge! The result? My dd never went through that awkward age in latter elementary school where she was afraid to voice her ideas. She went on to learn to express herself so well that she was able to successfully debate her learned grandfather on creation vs evolution. She is now a sophomore at Vanderbilt University involved in ministry and just recently came back from a missions trip during her Fall Break from school. I'll be sharing much more on this topic on Thursday's show. Join me for the Talk Talk Show: The Talk Show about Talking on the Communication Comedy Network live or listen in to the audio recording that will be available just after the live show. The Communication Comedy Network airs Thursdays at 8am PST /11am EST! http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/19736 It's free, it's fun and it's informative!