Just the facts, ma’am

In reading a work-related on-line article about effective presentations, one forwarded from our marketing department with professional development intent I’m sure, I found myself nodding in agreement and chuckling with one particular exerpt…

“Never Let Facts Speak for Themselves

Facts need interpretation. According to Mark Twain, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” If you don’t believe this, tune in to the next political campaign. People can make facts and numbers mean almost anything. Interpret yours so that your listeners draw the same conclusions you intend.” Continue reading “Just the facts, ma’am”

Spread your arms wide for showing a trillion

With corporate America extending their hand(s) for a government bailout, and half our population wanting the other half to feed, house, transport, and provide entertainment for them…at no cost to them mind you…the Fed talks about spending – or should I say “stimulating” – with a few hundred billion here, a few hundred billion there. They toss about these numbers as if Joe Six-pack’s half-full wallet of hard-earned dollar bills really can compete with the volume of bucks being talked about.

OK, the soapbox pose was short-lived. Thanks to an an article found/read in the Dallas Morning News on Thursday (1/29/09), research conducted by John Hopkins University, Congressional Budget Office, The Washington Post, and Dallas Morning News will help be fill up a blog posting:

How much is a trillion? Continue reading “Spread your arms wide for showing a trillion”