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Dolphins and Whales Forever! by Flash Silvermoon

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What the Animals Tell Me with Flash Silvermoon Wednesdays 8:30-9:00 PM EST Live and on Demand
 To listen to the live broadcast  JULY 27 call: 1-6055623140~~Enter Access code: 244850# ***If you call in stay muted until the end .*** Or ARCHIVE https://passionateworldradionetwork.com/flash-silvermoon-2/ and listen anytime to this and past shows. Also Now you can call in day after the show on your Cel phones directly to listen anytime to any show -The number is: 540 402-0043 Pin 3692

Nationally known Animal Communicator Flash Silvermoon shares the mike with Cyndie Lepori,
Dolphin Emissary As retired scuba diving Instructor, She currently is an Animal and Ocean activist, bestselling author, public speaker and Animal and Angelic Communicator.Her passion for the ocean and the earth lead her to write her first book,  Bubbles and Billy Sandwalker to teach Empowerment, Ecology and Safety in a delightfully positive and entertaining way.  She currently has four versions of her original books for the children and young at heart, one of which is now translated into Spanish.  These beautifully illustrated books have 5 stars on Amazon.

Cyndie contributed to Dolphins and Whales Forever, an Amazon Best Seller. Her web site is www.dolphinhugs4u2.net

Flash offers her 35+ years of experiences doing healing work with the animals to enlighten you about their psyches, and how to truly deepen your relationship with your animal companions and all animals Call Flash Silvermoon North Central Florida’s Favorite Pet Psychic, Psychic and Astrologer for an appointment today at: 352-475-2432
Many of Flash’s stories will be included in her book, Lifetime Companions Love Never Dies, which offers many tales about how she began working on her own animals and how that evolved into treating all kinds of other animals over the last 35 years. This book will be especially healing for those who have lost their special animal companions. They can see for themselves with their own lifetime companions that LOVE NEVER DIES! Sure to be an enlightening and elevating program. Hopefully this show will enable, inspire and educate you in ways to help yourselves and the animals that you love~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~

Flash states: The animals are my teachers and I have been blessed by many excellent teachers in my home and in my practice. I am sure that you will find that this information awakens your own skills as an Animal Communicator too. Reach Flash Silvermoon athttp://www.flashsilvermoon.com.

~~ Flash always shares more about Holistic methods to heal your animal companions. Of course the first thing is Animal Communication which is the best aid in knowing and understanding what your animal companions want and need as well as how their past and even past lives can influence their healing.
Flash also creates her own Gem Elixirs and uses Green Hope Farms Flower Essences as well as homeopathy, essential oils and healing touch to round out her practice. See her website for further info on ordering or having her work on your animals. Flash presents this wonderful show devoted to bringing people and animals into greater harmony. She shares her amazing experiences as an Animal Communicator and offers everything that you might want to know about the world of animals from care, healing, feeding and most importantly understanding. She often shares the mic with special guests who are managers of sanctuaries, non traditional vets, and all manner of people who work on the front line loving and helping animals. FYI You can find Flash on FB under Deborah Kotler as FB decided to remove her real name Flash Silvermoon as well as Friends who Like Flash Silvermoon

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Decision Time with the Future Talk Show Internet Host

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Distinguish Yourself From the Ordinary!

You’ve taken the plunge and chose which Internet station you’re going to appear on.

Or perhaps, you’ve decided to strike out on your own?

Whatever your decision, the time to plan for your next action is upon you.

How do you implement your decision?

Take a Deep Breath

Seriously! Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. There’s no need to panic.

Take that tablet (paper) you bought for your child’s back-to-school supplies, sit down and start listing all the stuff you need to do before you go on the air. Or, if you’re computer savvy, use that tablet before your kids get a hold of it for viewing cartoons.

a.  First item:  Niche. Do you know what you’re going to talk about on the air? 5 minute air time. 15 minute air time. 30, 45, or even 60 minute air time? What? You’re going to speak off the cuff? My, you are brave. Despite what you’ve heard, everyone from Larry King to Oprah Winfrey knows ahead of time of what they’re going to say. And so will you.

b.  On a 3 x 5 card, you’re going to write down KEY PHRASES and KEY WORDS that’s your ROAD-MAP to your SHOW-DESTINATION.

Onward and Upwards!

Onward and Upwards!

c.  Never thought of it that way. Well, now’s your chance.  It’s called Direction. Your audience doesn’t want you to wander all over the place like a walk-a-bout they do down under. They (audience) wants to know specifically what you’re talking about, how you’re going to get there, what’s the point of it, and how they can achieve this success as well, if it’s that kind of show.

d.  If it’s an information show where you and your guest(s) are dispensing information, then your ROAD-MAP will look a bit different. You will have the KEY PHRASES and KEY WORDS that tell you what you want to impart to your audience so they are taking MENTAL NOTES.

e.  Okay, it’s another kind of show. Love of music, perhaps? Love of opera? Love of Texas line dancing? Great! Just let the audience in on your theme, your topic, so they can bond with you and come back.

You want your audience to come back. So plan on providing content, entertainment, information, in your ROAD-MAP so they’re compelled to come back.


When your audience comes back for more, whether it’s on demand or live, you know as that future talk radio Internet host that you are on your way.

Next time, the ROAD-MAP!


Treating Alzheimer’s Symptoms

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Good afternoon. Welcome to Demystifying Alzheimer’s. I’m your hostess Mary Yamin-Garone.

Today’s topic is “Treating Alzheimer’s Symptonms.”

Medications can’t stop or cure Alzheimer’s but there are drugs that can treat certain symptoms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved five prescription medications that target memory loss and other cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Other FDA-approved medications treat psychological symptoms, like depression, and behavioral problems, like anger and aggression, in individuals with AD. While none of these drugs will stop or reverse the progression of the disease, they may ease symptoms and provide comfort.

Drugs that Treat Cognitive Symptoms

Cholinesterase inhibitors block the activity of an enzyme in the brain called cholinesterase, which breaks apart the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, a chemical messenger involved in memory, learning and judgment. These inhibitors reduce the action of cholinesterase, which makes more acetylcholine available to the brain’s nerve cells.

Experts believe these medications are only moderately successful in treating the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Generally, they delay the worsening of symptoms for six to twelve months in approximately one-half of those who take them. Some individuals see their symptoms improve dramatically but as many as one-half see no noticeable improvement.

The four cholinesterase inhibitors approved to treat different stages of AD differ slightly.

  • Donepezil: Originally patented as the brand name Aricept, it is more widely available now as just generic donepezil. It’s the most frequently prescribed cholinesterase inhibitor, accounting for roughly 70 percent of all prescriptions written. It’s approved to treat mild, moderate and severe Alzheimer’s.
  • Rivastigmine: Originally patented as Exelon, it’s also available as other brands as well as generic rivastigmine. It prevents the breakdown of both acetylcholine and a similar chemical, butyrylcholine in the brain. It’s approved to treat mild to moderate AD.
  • Galantamine: Originally patented as Reminyl, it’s now available as generic galantamine and the brands Reminyl XL, Acumor XL, Galsya XL and Gatalin XL. It prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine and stimulates nicotine receptors in the brain. It’s approved to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.
  • Tacrine: (Cognex). The first cholinesterase, approved in 1993, is rarely prescribed today because of its side effects, which include possible liver damage.

How They Work

A brain of someone with Alzheimer’s has lower levels of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine helps send messages between certain nerve cells. In AD, there also is a loss of the nerve cells that use acetylcholine. Falling acetylcholine levels and progressive loss of these nerve cells are linked to worsening symptoms.

Donepezil, rivastigmine and galantamine all stop acetylcholinesterase from breaking down acetylcholine in the brain. As a result, an increased concentration of acetylcholine leads to increased communication between nerve cells. This may temporarily alleviate or stabilize some symptoms.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, none of these drugs has proven more clinically effective than another. There also is no evidence that combining two or three of them would improve their results. In fact, combining the drugs appears to cause more side effects.

Some individuals have shown improvement taking doses higher than those typically recommended for each drug. Higher-than-recommended doses also are likely to cause side effects. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and increased frequency of bowel movements.

The chemical makeup of each cholinesterase inhibitor varies slightly. One may work better for your loved one than another. Check with your physician if they start to experience any side effects to see if a similar medication will work better for your loved one. Many side effects can be reduced or avoided altogether by taking the drug in different doses or at different times of the day.

Namenda (Memantine) was widely used in Europe for more than 20 years before it was approved to treat moderate and severe Alzheimer’s in the United States in 2003. I was actually able to get this drug for my mother from a London pharmacy well before it was approved here. The action of memantine differs from that of donepezil, rivastigmine and galantamine. Glutamate is another chemical that helps to send messages between nerve cells. It’s released in excessive amounts when brain cells are damaged by Alzheimer’s. Namenda protects brain cells regulating the activity of glutamate, another messenger chemical involved in learning and memory. It is thought to be just as effective as cholonesterase inhibitors in temporarily delaying the worsening of symptoms in some individuals.

According to the National Institute on Aging, because Namenda works differently from other inhibitors in the brain, it may be prescribed in combination with another of those drugs. Some doctors report that individuals who are given Aricept with Namenda do better than those just taking Aricept.

Are These Drugs Effective for All Alzheimer’s Sufferers?

Between 40 and 70 percent of Alzheimer’s sufferers benefit from taking a cholinesterase inhibitor. They can experience reduced anxiety and hygiene, improvements in motivation, memory and concentration and improved ability to perform activities of daily living, including person hygiene, dressing and shopping. It’s unclear if the inhibitors also result in behavioral changes, like agitation or aggression. Trials in this area have yielded mixed results.

Memantine can slow down the progression of symptoms, including disorientation and difficulties carrying out activities of daily living. Some evidence shows it also may help with delusions, aggression and agitation.

That’s all for today. Thanks for listening. I hope this information was helpful.

Join me next time for more about treating Alzheimer’s symptoms.



Ten Things to Look for in a Memory Care Facility for Your Parent

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“Ten Things to Look for in a Memory Care Facility for Your Parent.” by  Mary Yamin-Garone

Good afternoon. Welcome to Demystifying Alzheimer’s. I’m your hostess Mary Yamin-Garone.

Today’s topic is “Ten Things to Look for in a Memory Care Facility for Your Parent.”

Caring for an aging parent can take its toll. It also can be highly stressful—whether they live next door or across the country. Oftentimes it can be difficult to tell when the aging process is affecting your mother or father. It is important not to ignore the warning signs. Little things can quickly grow into bigger challenges and the best course of action is to seek outside help.

If your family member has been diagnosed with an illness that affects their memory, you might want to consider relocating them to a memory care facility. These facilities allow those in the later stages of Alzheimer’s, or another form of dementia, to maintain some level of independence while being safe. Doing so also means disrupting household routines and changing dynamics so the decision to move your mom or dad should not be taken lightly.

Visiting one of these communities is an essential part of identifying the best option for your parent. The available services and amenities are important when selecting an independent or assisted living facility. When it comes to memory care, however, the confidence and quality of care and interaction that you observe during your visit is what’s important.

Here are ten things to look for when deciding on a memory care facility for your mother or father.

  • You want a place that is situated in a quiet and safe environment. Be sure that the property is away from busy roads and dangerous landscapes. This will ensure the maximum safety for your loved one.
  • The way in which a memory care facility is laid out is important. Is everything on one level or multiple floors? Those suffering from memory loss are more susceptible to falling so more than one level can be a safety concern. Are hallways or living areas color coded or labeled with pictures so your parent can easily recognize where they are? Are they well it? Are the outside doors locked or equipped with alarms to keep mom or dad safe if they wander? Are there security cameras in the facility and on the grounds?
  • Can the facility accommodate individuals at all stages of Alzheimer’s or only certain ones? What is its policy on the use of physical and/or chemical restraints?
  • Do all residents have their own formal, written care plan? Is it updated regularly?
  • Will your family member have sufficient privacy when it comes to bathing and toileting? This is important for maintaining their dignity at the same time it gives them a sense of personal space.
  • Are residents participating in activities that are suitable and/or stimulating for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia? Are there opportunities for your mother or father to help out by folding napkins or setting the table?
  • How does the facility encourage eating if residents aren’t interested in food? Does it cater to special nutritional needs or requests?
  • Is the staff dressed professionally or wearing uniforms and name tags to help your parent distinguish them from visitors or other residents? Do they interact with the residents in a calming and professional manner? Do they treat them with respect? Are they trained in how to effectively communicate with and care for individuals who suffer from memory loss? How does staff deal with difficult behaviors, like aggression, mood swings and sundown syndrome?
  • Memory care facilities have a 24-hour staff of trained caregivers. Some may also have the oversight of licensed nurses and visiting physicians. Be sure to find out what the licensure requirements are for your state.
  • These communities should have all the amenities essential for a happy life, including: comfortable community areas, such as a dining room and activity room; secured walking paths; emergency call response and fire safety systems; regular housekeeping and laundry services; and routine wellness checkups by a registered nurse.

Knowing what questions to ask and what to look for can make selecting a memory care facility simpler and more effective. You may need to visit several communities to find the one that is the best fit for your parent but when you do, you can be confident that they’ll be in good hands.

That’s all for today. Thanks for listening. I hope this information was helpful.

Join me at 1 pm Monday for more Demystifying Alzheimer’s.


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Your Career as a Future Internet Talk Show Host

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When do you know as a future Internet talk show host that your stint will turn into a career?

Many future Internet talk show hosts often ask themselves is this a permanent part of my career or am I just doing it because? And, they leave the word because defining who they are or why they are on Blog Talk Radio, Artist First, or Voice America.

There’s no one good answer to that question; however, I will give you some tips that might help you over the fence.

Tip 1

When you do your show no matter how physically ill or uncomfortable you might feel. Take it from me. When I started Passionate World Radio Network little did I know that I would show up for work every day and do my interviewing every single day that I could book one. Not only that, but when guests fail to arrive for their show, I still did the interview without them. When you consistently show up to do your program after one or two years, you’ll realize that it’s in your blood. In other words, you are meant to do this.

Tip 2

Preparing materials for the show is no longer an onerous task, but a task you welcome. You might even whistle as you work when you do your research on or off line. You make the time to do this research. You do it willingly. It’s no longer a task that you want to finish and move on to greener pastures. Nope, you want to make a difference. The only way to make a difference is know what you’re going to say, how you’re going to say, and say it in such a way that your ideal listening audience will appreciate your efforts and tell you so.

Tip 3

You start selecting and then choosing who you want to appear on your show. Not just anybody will do. You want people who are considered experts in their field. People who will be of interest to your listening audience and provide value to them. You don’t want windbags. You don’t want self idolizers. You want genuine people who can add to what you’re saying so that all your shows are worth the time it takes to produce and record them.

Tip 4

You start thinking of your audience and what they want to hear. You take surveys. You provide quizzes. You answer their comments when they provide them. You include them as part of your program — to make them feel special. They are special. These people are what drives you to perform better and to give them a show that they won’t soon forget.

You are what your audience, guests, and research makes of you. It’s a matter of participation and reciprocation. One can’t exist without the other. When you realize this, then you have reached the pinnacle of Internet talk show host success. Welcome to the wide world of Broadcast Media!cropped-interview-905535__180.png


How Hard Can It Be by Becoming a Future Internet Talk Show Host

I’ve heard it said many times: “Anyone can be a good talk show host.”

Really? In what way?

I’m Just Saying

I’m often astonished at the amount of ignorance when people say those words to me. “Anyone can be a good talk show host.” Seriously? You had better tell that to Larry King or any one of those talk show host personalities who spend hours doing research, writing, and presentation skills. It’s like saying “anyone can become the Pope.” That isn’t true either as everyone knows. It takes allot of hard word, dedication, faith, and political strategy to go from Point 1 to Point 20.

I’m just Saying

I know many talk show hosts who spend allot of time formatting their shows. Pulling them together so they go without a hitch. A talk show host has plenty to do before his guest(s) arrive on the set. First things first.

a.  Screening: Many talk show hosts talk to their guests ahead of time so they can determine whether or not they need a bit of training in presentation, speaking effectively, and communicating with their audience. Although these items are a given. Sometimes they are not. When that happens a talk show host has to prepare their future guests on presentation, speaking effectively and relating to their ideal audiences.

b.  Pre-interviews: Sometimes, talk show hosts schedule a practice session with their guests to make sure their voice comes in clearly; they’re not speaking too softly; they don’t swallow their words; have read their book before appearing on live cast; and can answer the questions addressed to them.

c.  Many hosts do not write out their questions ahead of time. Many hosts prefer to listen to what the guest says first, and then pick out what they feel is important for the audience to know and then ask that particular question.

d. The talk show host is the rudder. They steer the conversation or interview in the direction that most affects the listening audience. The star of the show is the guest. It is their job to communicate their topic matter to the host and make sure that their audience picks up and relates emotionally to what is being said.

e.  The guest(s) must come to the studio or speak on the phone or speak via SKYPE or Google Hangouts with what they’re going to say already known to them. It’s quite permissible to bring 3 x 5 cards with you and glance down at them from time to time.

f. It’s the talk show host’s job to make sure they bring out of the guest(s) all the pertinent information that the audience must hear before they can relate to you and your book, presentation, topic, story on whatever you’re going to say.

So, folk, please don’t say “Anyone can be a talk show how” because that’s not true.



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Money Matters & Legal Issues-II

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Good afternoon. Welcome to Demystifying Alzheimer’s. I’m your hostess Mary Yamin-Garone.

My last podcast dealt with money matters and legal issues. I’ll talk more about that today.

According to a survey by The Conversation Project, 90% of people say that talking with their loved one about end-of-life care is important. Only 27% have done so. Another 60% say making sure their family isn’t burdened by tough decisions is extremely important. Fifty-six percent haven’t communicated their end-of-life wishes.

Families caring for someone with Alzheimer’s face special challenges when it comes to managing their end-of-life care. Caregivers often are left to make critical decisions on their own because their loved one can no longer think or speak for themselves. As a result, caregivers can feel isolated, guilty and uncertain about the decisions they’re making on their loved one’s behalf.

Initiating conversations about legal, financial and end-of-life issues might be difficult for everyone involved. Having those conversations, however, ensures that a plan is created that accurately reflects your loved one’s wishes.

What to talk about

There may be a variety of topics you want to address during these conversations. While not all-inclusive, this list is a good place to start.

  • List all your loved one’s doctors and pharmacy contact information
  • Medical records
  • Medicare and/or Medicaid number and identification card
  • Insurance policies
  • Living will
  • Durable power of attorney for health care
  • List of their medications, including dosage and cost

Preparing for the conversation

It’s important to gather your thoughts before talking with your loved one. Thinking about the basic aspects of your conversation may be helpful. Here are some things to think about.

  • Pick a time to talk. Holidays, family get-togethers and other special occasions are the perfect opportunities to include friends and family members in the conversation.
  • Choose a location.
  • Decide who should be included in the conversation.

Start the conversation

Money is often a forbidden topic in many families. It doesn’t have to be. Consider these questions.

  • What are your loved one’s assets and their ability to pay for care?
  • What are their sources of income?
  • Who owns their assets?
  • Have they done any planning to pay for the cost of elder care?
  • Do they have long-term care insurance?

Find out what’s important to your loved one

Talk to your loved one about their preferences should they need care.

  • Are they adamant about staying in their home?
  • Is it important to them that they’re not a burden to their children?
  • Are they comfortable with the idea of moving to an assisted living facility or a nursing home?

Seek financial advice

It’s important to seek advice from a financial planner who specializes in elder care. A “fee for service” planner is recommended instead of one who provides advice for “free” as long as they are managing your loved one’s assets. A “fee for service” financial planner is licensed to provide advice or recommendations in exchange for a predetermined fee. They are legally bound to provide unbiased advice that’s in their client’s best interest instead of being paid a commission to manage assets.

Financial planners help you understand which of your loved one’s assets may have to be liquidated to pay for their care, the order in which that should happen and how long the assets are calculated to last in different situations. If it’s calculated that your loved one may eventually need Medicaid assistance to pay for their care, your planner will be invaluable in helping to implement strategies for preserving assets and/or income. They also can identify tax management strategies during Medicaid’s asset “spend down” or liquidation process and help make sure that beneficiary designations on all accounts are correct and up-to-date.

Seek legal advice

It’s also important to work with a lawyer who’s well versed in the elder care laws specific to the state in which your loved one lives. They can ensure that your family member has to up-to-date legal documents, such as a will, power of attorney, health care proxy and living will.

Know where financial documents are located

Find out where your loved one keeps their insurance policies, investment statements and/or banking accounts and legal documents.

Consider how your role as caregiver will impact your finances

  • Will you miss work to attend doctor’s appointments?
  • Will you have out-of-pocket expenses associated with caring for your loved one?

Keep the conversation going

Every conversation will empower you and your loved one to truly understand each other’s wishes. After that first conversation, it’s important to document what was discussed and continue talking with your family and friends when it’s necessary. One way to be sure their wishes reflect any changes in thinking following a life change is to review plans when any of the “5 Ds” occur.

  • Every new Decade of life
  • After the Death of a loved one
  • After a Divorce
  • After any significant Diagnosis
  • After any significant Decline in functioning

That’s all for today. Thanks for listening. I hope this information was helpful.

Join me next time when I’ll talk more about money matters and legal issues.


Some Answers to Comment Questions

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Several of you have asked questions over the past six months about PWRN’s blog.

Today I’ll answer some of them with helpful ways you can help PWRN keep running the blog.

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2 Speak or Not 2 Speak As A Future Talk Internet Show Host

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Have you really paid attention to all the words that a future talk show host uses during one of their broadcasts?

Any Words

If there were any one words that disturb you the most, what would they be?

In my case, when I listen to future internet talk show hosts interview an individual, I start cringing at what actually comes out of the mouths of these guests. I mean, seriously?

I know that many people believe that any person can become a talk show host without doing much to improve themselves to become a good talk show host. Well, simply put, they’re wrong.

It’s Hard Work

I’m going to let you down gently, but it’s hard work becoming a good talk show host or even an interviewee. For one thing, you must know what’s coming out of your mouth before you even say it. When you say it, you must say the sentences as statements, not as a form of question…unless…of course, you’re actually asking a question.

Words NO Self-respecting talk show host should ever say.

When I listen to PBS in the early morning hours, one of things that really wake me up, wide eyed and bushy tail, is the unnecessary words that both talk hosts and interviewees use. Words like:


You Know




And, well, stuff like that. When you relly listen to these words, how do you feel when the information comes out in fits and it starts like well, you know, running into a brick wall and falling on your as or something closely akin to that.

When you’re in high school, your English teachers start editing your work. I’m telling you guys for your own good, they love seeing those extra words because it gives them a chance to use that RED pencil or RED pen allot more than usual. And, if you use these words too much, these same RED pen and pencil folk will start deducting points from your grade.

Think on that for a  minute or two.

I won’t cross out those extra words with a RED pen or RED pencil, but I will mark down in my journal not to invite you to speak publically until you’ve taken a training skills class on how to speak well.

I usually do ask my guests to practice in front of a live audience (parents, teachers, friends, relatives, mirrors) because when you get on the air to speak, other people will be following your words closely. And, you do want them to say to themselves that “you know what you’re talking about” or “you can speak the Queen’s (in this case the President’s) English. If you speak well enough, you might even be invited back a second or third time.

Word of mouth spreads more rapidly than a speeding bullet. People listening to the airwaves will hear you speak and possibly invite you to come and speak at their place (office, convention, group).

I counsel future talk show hosts to write down their phrases, key words, and thoughts on a 3 by 5 card and practice, practice, practice until they can say their speech well without adding useless words to the mix.

A well-known philosopher use to put stones inside his mouth and practice speaking that way. He got so good that his entire audience understood his words and message even though he usually stuttered his way through a discourse. I’m not suggesting that you use small pebbles inside your mouth to speak well and without extra verbiage that feels comfortable, but offers very little else in return.

Practice what you’re going to say. If you feel the need to add extra words like, you know, uhm, or and, just pause with lips compressed and allowed a brief space of silence. A good pause is more effective when speaking than saying uhm, or and, or you know. Because if we knew, we wouldn’t you to give a speech, an interview, or a discourse about it. We would already know.

There’s the rub, whether it’s nobler to say something or say nothing at all.

I believe that it’s better for talk show hosts need to do their homework before opening their mouths. I also believe that incoming interviewees also should know how to speak and get their content out to the world without sounding lazy in their speech patterns. Even the bestselling authors have this trouble. I really don’t understand how individuals hope to deliver their message or verbal content and not be upset by what comes out or doesn’t come out properly from their mouths.

Sometimes, maybe it’s better if they say nothing at all.