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Friday Finds — Irresistible Titles, Informed Font Choices, Evolution of Swearing

🤩 Irresistible Titles | 🔠 Informed Font Choices | 🤬History of Swearing

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“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

— Calvin Coolidge

I'm looking forward to the cooler temperatures and a refreshing break in Maine's great outdoors over the July 4th holiday week. Before I go, I need your help with something that'll only take a minute:

What's your go-to website builder and hosting combo?

Could you hit reply with your recommendation? I'd be really grateful for your input, and I promise to share some scenic Maine photos as a thank-you!

Thanks for reading!

🎶 What I’m Listening To

The Violent Femmes were in town last weekend, and it has sent me down an 80’s alternative music rabbit hole this week.

📰 News & Notes

Steal These Marketing Secrets to Write Irresistible L&D Program Titles

In my recent blog post, I discuss how vital it is to have engaging titles to attract more learners to your programs. I compare effective marketing strategies with L&D, stressing the importance of making a strong first impression. Check it out for practical advice on using benefit-driven language and powerful words to make your titles stand out. You’ll also learn about useful marketing tools like headline analyzers and the technique of A/B testing to refine your titles.

🎯 Take away: Elevate your L&D programs by crafting compelling titles with marketing secrets to attract more participants.

Seven truly remarkable events in the history of swearing

This article explores the fascinating evolution of swearing from its ancient roots to modern usage. It highlights seven key moments in the history of profanity, illustrating how cultural and social shifts have transformed what we consider taboo. You’ll even get into the neurological aspect of swearing, noting that it engages distinct brain areas separate from general language processing. There is even research indicating that people who frequently use swear words may exhibit higher levels of intelligence and verbal fluency. (And dropping a few F-bombs might also increase your pain tolerance.)

🎯 Take away: Discover the intriguing shifts in the use of swear words over centuries and their unique cognitive processing in the brain.

A Guide for Making Informed PowerPoint Font Decisions

Make your presentations stand out by mastering font selection! This essential guide by Julie Terberg is perfect for anyone designing PowerPoint presentations. It covers everything you need to know about choosing the right fonts, including where to find them, their benefits and drawbacks, how to handle licensing and embedding, and more.

🎯 Take away: Master font selection for your PowerPoint templates with this helpful guide.

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🧰 Tech Tools & Tips

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Text to Speech in Minutes: Realistic AI Voices for Your Projects

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🎧 Podcast

This is the conversation that caught my ear this week. Check out previous episodes in the Friday Finds podcast playlist.

🧳 Where’s Mike?

If you or your event needs a speaker or workshop that is highly interactive and super practical, we should talk.

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