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Rebirth of Reason

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Post 20

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:21amSanction this postReply
David, please stop telling me how to use my tools. I know how to use them.

The problem is that you're specifying Verdana and I don't have Verdana. Here's (unfortunately SOLO's processing screws up the url) an explanation of the problem:

Are there any problems with the Verdana font?

Verdana was designed to be a screen-readable font, and as such it should be a good font choice for on-screen text, although it's default font size is larger than other fonts. This higher aspect ratio provokes problems when Verdana isn't available and the font selection falls to an alternative font. Since Verdana is a bigger font, web designers compensate for the larger aspect-ratio of Verdana by specifying a smaller font size. This is counter-productive. Those who don't have Verdana installed will end up with a smaller than optimal default sans-serif font.

Unfortunately this situation cannot be currently remedied, so the best option at the moment is not to use Verdana, or when used, don't compensate for its size and leave the font-size at 100%. Those who have Verdana as their default font will get the larger fonts they asked for, and those who don't use Verdana will not be "punished" for it.
You are specifying "size=2" which is "small" rather than the standard of "medium".

Post 21

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 9:33amSanction this postReply
Re: David's last comments on Carnegie.

I generally agree with everything you said. If you look at what Dale Carnegie as an organization is now, it's...OK, I guess. There are better training companies.

I think that a more realistic, direct approach is working from the perspective that you can't control how the other person is behaving, but you can certainly control your own actions and awareness. That, and giving full attention when communicating. Those basics alone make a big difference.

Back when that book was published, I think it provided a backlash to the typical selling styles of the time (I again assert that, while many people were reading the book just because it was hard to say no, you weren't interested in doing what the title said, its origins come out of selling). There was a lot of flim-flam and razzle-dazzle pressure selling going on. The ideas of consultative selling and partnership were not widely taught.  Now, we have wonderful things like Daniel Golman's work on emotional intelligence, and many other new concepts. A lot of the work evolved into teaching leadership. A good example would be American Management's PARTNERING The New Face of Leadership (http://www.amanet.org/books/catalog/0814407579.htm) . The final piece is an excellent essay by Nathaniel Branden called The High Self-Esteem Leader . This is, on the whole, one of the best business essays that I have ever read. I helped him produce an audio recording of it a while back, but it hasn't gone into general distribution to date.

(Edited by Rich Engle on 6/16, 9:36am)

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Post 22

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 5:40pmSanction this postReply
Thanks Rich.
Rick, I think we can agree to disagree on this.The technical issues are probably not of much interest to others anyway; not really relevant to this thread. If there is interest in reviewing the site's format standards perhaps another thread can be inaugurated.

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