"Good" is not always positive

A good review is the type of review that is useful to the people who will come along behind you.

It's great to read a review that is intelligently, coherently, and honestly sharing their experience, whether negative or positive.

When writing a review, you must organize your thoughts, use complete sentences, and then check your spelling and grammar before posting it.

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Whenever we realize that the conversation is going downhill, it is important to ask ourselves these questions:

  1. What is this person reacting to? Are they perceiving me to be disrespectful, biased, or narcissistic?
  2. Am I acting like the kind of person I want to be?

We must remember to act according to our deeper values instead of blindly reacting to situations and always ask the other person to do the same.

  1. It's one idea. Focus your idea on the one point you want your audience to buy into. Too many ideas will produce confusion.
  2. You can express it in a single, clear sentence. If your message is more than one sentence or a long sentence, your listeners won't "get it."
  3. It's engaging. Your message should engage the hearts and minds of your listeners. It means you know what your audience wants.
  4. It carries a message you believe in.
  5. It's positive. Your message should move the room in a hopeful direction.
  6. Ensure everyone can identify your message. "My view/point/message is..."
The broader view of gossip

All humans partake in gossip in some form. Everyone talks about other people. One study found that male participants spent 55% of conversation time and female participants 67% conversation time on socially relevant topics.

People like to think of gossip as the same as malicious rumours, but researchers define gossip as talking about people who aren't present.

  1. Set a total word count. 40,000 - 60,000 words = standard nonfiction/novella book. A long nonfiction book/standard-length novel contains 60,000 - 80,000 words, and a very long nonfiction/long novel contains 80,000 - 100,000 words.
  2. Give yourself weekly deadlines. Make it a word count and celebrate the progress you've made.
  3. Get early feedback. Have a few trusted advisers such as friends, editors, or family that will help you discern what's worth writing.

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