Mark Twain left this world 100 years ago this month (April 21st.) He was probably THE finest humorous speaker ever, who might have concurred that he did suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune during his 75 years on this planet. He suffered through bankruptcy, the loss of beloved family members and at one stage, he himself went through the pain and angst of job search.
Given the month that is in it, I thought I'd take some of his writings and show how you – in your job search - can learn from a master storyteller. So here goes with day 1 of a month of Mark Twain wisdom and practices to help you in your job search.
The Impromptu Speaker!
Mark Twain was recognized as the finest "impromptu" speaker of his day. Except he wasn't!
His good friend W. D. Howells wrote of Twain:
"He studied every word and syllable, and memorized them by a system of mnemonics peculiar to himself, consisting of an arbitrary arrangement of things on a table—knives, forks, salt-cellars; inkstands, pens, boxes, or whatever was at hand—which stood for points and clauses and climaxes, and were at once indelible diction and constant suggestion. He studied every tone and every gesture, and he forecast the result with the real audience from its result with that imagined audience."
The Lesson for the Job Seeker.
This particularly applies to your interview preparation. Practice, Practice, Practice.
I am constantly amazed at the number of job seekers who have never done one practice interview.
I am constantly amazed at the number of job seekers who think one practice interview is enough.
I am constantly disappointed at the number of job seekers who never do more than two practice interviews.
The interview is a sales presentation and it is a sales presentation you are not used to making. Learn from the master Mark Twain. Practice, Practice. Practice.
A broad selection of Mark Twain Speeches is available at my website www.IrishmanSpeaks.com