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How Important Are Communication Skills...REALLY?

I've been teaching communication skills both online and off since 2002 when I wrote my first study for homeschoolers called Say What You Mean for Teens!  From there, I created this website where I have written several homeschool speech communication materials, several studies for adults, and written hundreds of blog posts!  I've had several of my articles published by homeschool magazines like The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and Homeschooling Today and several of those articles have been picked up by Crosswalk .com and Dr Laura .com.  Art of Eloquence materials have been awarded "Homeschool Approved" by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and are endorsed by the Home School Legal Defense Association which links to my materials from their site.   However, in the...

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Truth Series: Character

One of the most important Truth Markers is something you may not have if you don't know the person well enough.  However, if you do, it's not only a critical truth marker, but something you'd do well to keep in mind in case there is a mistake made.  A person's character is vital to being able to tell if someone might be telling the truth because, as you might guess, if the person is a known liar, you'd do well not to trust anything they say.  If the person has been known to tell an untruth a time or two, you'd be better off looking for confirmation before blindly accepting something he says or posts.   However, if you know the...

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Truth Marker Series: Consistency

The first two truth markers I talked about last month were humbleness (does the author claim to be some big wig or just someone who happens to know?) and fair and balanced (did the author exaggerate or write a one sided piece?).  This month, I'd like to share a third way you can tell if someone is probably telling the truth: consistency.  This actually has a few parts to it.   1. Does the author have a history of posting things that aren't true or does he/she only post things that have been verified? How many times have you seen something posted on Facebook that you know is a hoax?  How many times has your Twitter friend posted things that are hoaxes...

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Truth Markers Series: Fair and Balanced Humbleness

How can you tell if someone is telling you the truth?  Well, the truth is that some people are better at hiding things than others, but there are truth markers that can help you determine if you can probably trust someone or not.  This monthly series for 2018 will concentrate on things you can use to help you determine the likelihood that someone is probably telling you something you can believe.  Since most of us are on social media, I'll start with two truth markers for writing.  Since nobody can see the face of the author of the post, that leaves out markers like eye contact and body language.  However, there are several truth markers that I look for when I'm...

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Art of Eloquence News!

I've written for Art of Eloquence now for almost 16 years-starting about a year after I began homeschooling.  I've probably written about every conceivable communication topic either in one of my speech communication materials we have for sale here or one of the many articles I have written for publication.  I've been blessed to have had some incredible feedback on my writing.  My articles have appeared in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Homeschool Enrichment Magazine, Homeschool Today as well as websites such as Examiner.com, Crosswalk.com and Dr. Laura.com. My communication materials have been awarded "Homeschool Approved" and endorsed by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and are recommended by HSLDA.  I've been blessed to have had a good group of Facebook fans that I've...

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