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"Talking of sudden disappearances the one you mention of Hannah in that Leavenworth case of ours, is not the only remarkable one which has come under my direct notice. Indeed, I know of another that in some respects, at least, surpasses that in points of interest, and if you will promise not to inquire into the real names of the parties concerned, as the affair is a secret, I will relate you my experience regarding it." The speaker was Q, the rising young detective, universally acknowledged by us of the force as the most astute man for mysterious and unprecedented cases, then in the bureau, always and of course excepting Mr. Gryce; and such a statement from him could not but arouse our deepest curiosity. Drawing up, then, to the stove around which we were sitting in lazy enjoyment of one of those off-hours so dear to a detective's heart, we gave with alacrity the required promise; and settling himself back with the satisfied air of a man who has a good story to tell that does not entirely lack certain points redounding to his own credit, he began: I was one Sunday morning loitering at the --- Precinct Station, when the door opened and a respectable-looking middle-aged woman came in, whose agitated air at once attracted my attention. Going up to her, I asked her what she wanted.
Despite attracting the admiration of Modernists like Nabokov and Borges, Stevenson remains for many an apologist for the lost world of the romance. This is not only to misread and simplify his fiction, it is greatly to undervalue his lively, forward-looking literary essays. Strenously resisting the authority of the literary 'fathers' (though haunted by the complexities of paternity), Stevenson reveals strong affinities with emergent Modernism. It is from this perspective that Alan Sandison's latest book (the first to appear for nearly thirty years) conducts a lively and readable re-examination of this often underrated writer.
The greatest value in reading top-ranked "The Art of Executive Appearance" is in how much business it can generate for you. Your appearance on camera can raise or lower your company's stock. It can help you form partnerships. An executive who exudes confidence and authority creates a much stronger and more profitable brand. In dealing with communications skills and public speaking, people don't always pay sufficient attention to their appearance. For the most part, books on giving interviews or talks - even TED talks - discuss going from a small idea to a passionate theme, refining it in writing, practicing it, and then confronting the audience with the best bravura you can muster. While this is essential, it is only half the story. Here is how the book starts: "When the thick, soundproofed doors of the television studio are swung open for you, and as you step towards the set, the chilled air and the sweltering lights stop you in your tracks. Your breathing gets heavier, and the celebrated butterflies begin twirling in your gut. That's when crazy thoughts start spinning in your head: what will they think of me? Is my sweat already showing?" Five benchmark guidelines highlight the role that your appearance plays -if, that is, you don't want your message to get lost. This book's unique granular approach doesn't leave much to chance. It provides a powerful, yet easy, step-by-step guide for leading executives and aspiring professional who want to appear on camera. * Choose the right attire (for men, for women, what works, what doesn't) * Develop color consciousness (black and white, safe colors, hot colors and patterns, power colors) * Yes, you really need makeup (an overview of makeup for men and women, real-life blunders) * Use body language to your advantage (what smile is appropriate? How do I handle eye contact?) * Quick tips to boost your confidence and avoid stage fright (create natural energy) The author distills from years of camera-facing anchoring of news and special reports on CNBC, MSNBC and other networks. And from over a thousand interviews conducted, the author has seen every conceivable mistake committed by the interviewees. It's never wise to think you can wing it or do on-the-go improvisations. Instead, grab a copy of this book and meet your new persona.
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