Tuesday, December 20, 2005

we see Santa in a dark suit...

...not dark red, but dark blue, gray or black, at least when he's speaking in public or making a television appearance. The reason? Those of us with light hair, white hair or no hair recede visually. To keep your audience focused on you, wear a dark suit to pull your image forward. And while you're at it, wear a blue shirt -- the color most flattering to all skin tones and colors. We also advise avoiding chimneys just before 'Meet the Press.' For more coaching tips on your next public appearance or fireside chat, contact us at info@dontgetcaught.biz.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

brevity, the soul of wit

We're flattered and amused that yet a third college writing textbook -- the forthcoming Expanding Viewpoints (December 2006, McGraw-Hill, Wayne Stein et al, eds.) -- will include a reprint of Denise Graveline's humor essay The Blue Book, a tongue-in-cheek rant about the flimsy books collegians use for final exam answers. Originally published in a national magazine for college students, the essay also appears in Models for Effective Writing and Patterns for a Purpose: A Rhetorical Reader. In the forthcoming textbook, students are asked to count the number of sentences with 12 words or fewer, perhaps to show that brevity is in fact the soul of with.  The editors tell us blue books are still cheap and plentiful on campus.