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    Clickable dictation at various speeds is available at the bottom of this page. The transcript of the dictation appears here as well.

    Another piece by Waldo Pondray Warren which still rings true today. Keep in mind that speed needs to be gently nudged. Your mind needs to be forced to write faster on practiced material to get it to write slightly faster on new matter. It's a long process to build speed. Don't forget to review you theory over and over and over again.

Gregg Speed Building, Gregg Publishing Company, 1932, p 96-97

A Great Art
          The art of talking is one of the most valuable equipments a business man can have.  Nearly all work that is above mere routine and physical labor involves talking.  The success of the work often depends on ability to carry the point in conversation.  The difference between a skilled and an unskilled talker is very great.  The importance of knowing how to talk well is not generally appreciated.  Many who think they are proficient in the art are as self-deceived as the novice in poetry writing.  A really skillful talker is rare, because little systematic attention is paid to cultivating the art.  Instead of being allowed to develop in a haphazard manner, picking up a point here and there, talking should be the subject of study almost as thoroughly as the study given to art, writing, or music.
          A man may have excellent ideas, but if he does not know how to present them intelligently, they may never attain proper recognition.  If a man would acquire information from others, he must know how to draw them out.  The difference between a good salesman and a poor one is often a matter of knowing how to talk.  And the manager who gets the most out of his men is the one who knows how to talk to them in a manner that will stir their enthusiasm, quickening and encouraging them to put forth their best efforts.  At every turn, the art of talking is a vital factor in success.
          Systematic note keeping is a valuable habit for everyone.  Ideas often come to us at times when we cannot make an immediate use of them, and perhaps cannot even stop to think them out, yet they are well worth considering at some other time.  When such ideas are trusted to the memory, they often slip out of mind and are not available when we might use them.  Jot them down at once in a small note book.—Waldo Pondray Warren

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