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Guess What People Are Thinking, and They’ll Mistske You For Their Own Mind.

Robert Peel

“Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs.” – Robert Peel, Born Feb. 5, 1778. Some other famous advertising writer guy once said that persuading people was about entering into the conversation happening inside their own mind. But you don’t need to be a mind-reader to …

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Capture Attention, Embed Memories, Make Money. How? Curiosity!

Richard Whately

“Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory.” – Richard Whately, Born Feb. 1, 1787. This is the formula. You want people to remember you after they consume your messaging. Unless they stick around to consume more, or buy something to take home, you want to linger in their consciousness. …

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If You Don’t Care About Your Thing The MOST, No One Else Will Care At All.

John Lydon

“I’m not here for your amusement. You’re here for mine.” – John Lydon, Born Jan. 31, 1956. It’s a very important attitude to have toward your audience and your chosen topic as a writer. Though most people would get this backwards. “You’re here for the customer! The customer is always right! The customer is king!” …

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Emotional Manipulation Through Shared Imagery (It’s Easy!)

Claes Oldenburg

“I am for the art of ice cream cones dropped on concrete.” – Claes Oldenburg, Born Jan. 28, 1929. This is our shared art also. The art of concise, visual imagery that evokes a reaction formed of personal emotions dredged from inside the audience, rather than from our words. These reactions are more powerful than …

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The Bar is Set at Only Slightly Better than Boring.

Francis Picabia

“A new gadget that lasts only five minutes is worth more than an immortal work that bores everyone.” – Francis Picabia, Born Jan. 22, 1878. Quit being so artsy fartsy and publish. Publish now. And later. Again. Constantly. Continuously. Not necessarily regularly. Nor predictably. Not completely, anyway. Especially here, online. Specifically here, on social media. …

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This Blog Post is +2 Against Ridicule and Embarassment

Moliere

“People don’t mind being mean; but they never want to be ridiculous.” – Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, aka Moliere, Born Jan. 15, 1622. To make people into allies, make them an accomplice. If you can get them to indulge in complaint and insult (even in private) against their enemies, you create a kinship. Paint those enemies as …

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