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If it takes only seconds to share, please take a few seconds to verify!

PSA Regarding Missing Person Reports: Please check posts before you share! 99% of the "It Takes Only Seconds to Share" missing person reports I see shared on Facebook (especially for the very young children) have already been found (often LONG) before the post has been shared. While it takes only seconds to share, it also takes only seconds to click on the report to check for updates! Most missing person reports are updated once the person is found. There is usually an "UPDATE" at the very top of the article and often the title has even been changed to say, "FOUND," but for reasons I can't understand, Facebook's shared link somehow never reflects those changes. If you see them and...

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Happy New Year Half OFF from Art of Eloquence!

2019 was a very strange year for Art of Eloquence. Facebook demoted me from admin on all my fan pages so I haven't been able to post on them since June. I spent the year adding diagnoses to my list and that meant more fatigued days. While I'm no longer writing weekly blog posts, I've already written on every communication subject I can think of that society is in need of mastering. It's all here. Whether you're a homeschooler needing to tackle shyness in your child or a speech and debate class or you are an adult just wanting to resolve some conflicts, you'll find what you need on this site! As it's January, the customary month for homeschoolers to...

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Merry Christmas from Art of Eloquence

Just a short post to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I wrote a small eBook last year about gifts from the heart. I have been sharing a few of the pages of that book on my wall this year as Facebook has taken away my admin status for all of my fan pages due to a glitch they refuse to fix. I'll share all of the pages here with you now:  May you be blessed this Christmas season!  

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Seventeen Years of Art of Eloquence

This month marks seventeen years of Art of Eloquence! I started with one homeschool study I wrote to use as a fun course for the Christian homeschoolers in my area. It quickly grew to an online presence and several studies that tackled topics such as speech, debate, defending the faith, overcoming shyness, and overcoming conflict to name a few. Over the years, I've done online classes, a radio show, online conventions, and speaking engagements at various homeschool events, libraries, and even a convention for gifted kids. The site has had contests and a character who was a mascot that used comedy to show kids how not to communicate well. Unfortunately, society no longer values being an effective communicator choosing to view freedom...

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When to be the Communication Correction Patrol

Today is actually a great day to talk about this topic. I don't like April Fools day much. It's usually just a chance to say something that isn't true to trip someone up, embarrass them, or otherwise make life miserable.   There are times to correct grammar, spelling, and other communication and there are many times you should NOT. Here's a general rule of thumb I go by. If it's your children, your students, or could result in something bad happening due to miscommunication, you should say something.  If the message is clear and there is no real value in correcting someone other than embarrassing them, DON'T! The reason I teach speech communication is to allow YOU to communicate clearly to...

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