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The Art of Persuasion

For success in any meeting or information exchange, the following four steps are essential: Build trust and rapport with your audience and thus set the scene to your advantage. The quickest and easiest way to build rapport is to assume that you already have it. Simply imagine that the persons with whom you’re speaking are very dear and close old friends. As the result, your body language and attitude will change subtly and without overtly trying, you’ll make your audience feel comfortable and at ease. Smile and make eye contact in a non-threatening and confident manner. The more confidence you…

PUTIN and TRUMP – Astro basics lovers of ‘truth’ ought not to ignore

Some have suggested that Putin and Trump are two peas in a pod – and on the surface, it might look as if this is true. But astrologically, you couldn’t ask for two different men, at least in regards to ‘truth’: Both men share close contacts between Mercury and Neptune – hence the construction and delivery of alternative realities is something they most definitely share. But although Trump’s square aspect between the two suggests confused rational/logical thought processes resulting in self-deception, Putin’s conjunction suggests something more  sophisticated. With Mercury/Neptune in close conjunction, Putin has the innate ability to purposely design  creative alternative…

Post Truth = Propaganda

  Post truth = the OED word of the year = objective facts less important to forming public opinion than appeals to emotions and personal belief. According to OED, post-truth has come about as the result of ‘truth’ having become devalued – life as we have known it is finished, or is it? Let’s take a closer look at this newly devalued currency of ‘truth’ might really be. It takes little or no time to discover there is and never has been a consensus on what is ‘truth’. There are, however, a morass of questions and critical theories: ‘coherence’ theory, ‘correspondence’ theory, ‘pragmatist’…

Power and Promise – Utopian Propaganda & Orwell’s Animal Farm

In the preface to his Ukrainian Edition of Animal Farm, George Orwell says that his reason for writing the novel was to reveal what he believed to be the Soviet myth underlying Socialism – the political and economic model that he wholeheartedly embraced. According to Orwell, nothing had caused greater harm to the Socialist movement in England than that the majority of English people so blithely accepted the ‘lies of totalitarian propaganda’, apparently incapable of assessing the true nature of either the Nazi or Soviet regimes (Orwell, 112). Propaganda, defined for this essay as ‘opinion management’ (Welch, 3), is oft…