Mailbag Mon: College Prep, SWMConvention, AoE Reviews

I can hardly believe it's the end of November already!  But it is and, as the last Monday in November dictates here at AoE, it's time for me to share some of your comments and questions in Mailbag Monday! "Oh Wow JoJo - Ashlynne and I are reading her book "The Homeschooler's Guide to Preparing for College" and it is really helpful information. Ashlynne loves reading it knowing it was written by a young person. Kelsey is helping me give my DD a good foundation too! God Bless your time together richly :)" -Merit K. My dd spent two years of her life researching her way into one of the most elite schools in the country.  She didn't want all her hard work to go to waste and for other homeschoolers to struggle, as she had to, in order to find all of this information for themselves when she already had it all in one convenient place.  She and I are tickled to know it is helping so many homeschoolers prepare for college and to avoid the pitfalls, struggles and expense we had to go through.  Thanks for sharing this and please let us know what Ashlynne goes on to after graduation! "When will the preschool book come available?" -Marie J. Oh this has been the eternal question here at Art of Eloquence!  I shared a little about this last week on the blog when I announced the changes to Art of Eloquence for 2010.  I am afraid that I don't have an exact date of re release as yet, but that is one of the first studies we will be working on next year. "Is the 'Say what you mean' conference an old ad or is it in 2010?  Thanks." -Carol F. Some folks have been confused about the Say What You Mean Convention each year.  For those new to Art of Eloquence, the convention is a free, annual, online event that features various creative and fun activities for all ages designed to educate Christian families on the importance of effective communication in every day life.  Each year has a theme, keynote speakers and various activities.  The SWMC stays up for a full year ministering to Christian families until about January when we begin to make changes to the website for the coming new convention. The SWMC is set for February 3rd, 2010.  All the fun is packed into one day this year instead of three so make sure to mark your calendar so you don't miss the live events!  The theme this year is The Three Flavors of Communication: Formal Speech, Writing and Conversation and will feature keynote speakers Cindy Rushton and Christian comedian Michael Jr!  Communication fun includes various contests with prizes, live seminars and workshops, pre recorded audio seminars, scavenger hunt and prayer chat! More details to follow so stay tuned to Communication FUNdamentals blog in December and mark your calendar for December 31st as I podcast my last live show EVER and share a preview of the highlights to come of this amazing free event.  On the show will be myself, my two moderators: Kim Kautzer of Write Shop and Joan Rudder Ward of Girl Nurture as well as perhaps our keynote speakers: Cindy Rushton and ....MICHAEL JR!!! "We've started the SWYM for kids but have been moving a bit slow through it.  The kids wrote out and did their speeches (1st chapter...I did say slow right?) a week ago and gave them to the family.  They actually did very well.  Today the two younger (almost 6 and 7 1/2) were having a row over something.  We had been talking about how to communicate our "wants" and "feelings" to someone regarding play.  I took them to the bathroom, said "work this out and you can come out" and turned and shut the door.  About 5 minutes later after about 1 minute of yelling at each other, they came out and resumed play without any more hostility or anger.  I was frankly a little amazed.  They must have picked up on something as we role played last week how to get across what we think and feel.  Thanks for your good work!" -Laura K. Thanks so much Laura for sharing this.  It's so important that we teach our kids to communicate respectfully with each other, especially at a young age.  So many these days feel justified (even adults) in communicating in a disrespectful way that it is even more important in today's society.  So much misunderstanding in life can be avoided by teaching our youngsters this skill!  Kuddos to you!! Some fabulous reviews of late: Say What You Mean The Language of Leadership The Play Book If you have a question or a comment about Art of Eloquence events or products, please feel free to post a comment here or email me jojo @ artofeloquence. com

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