"Power Corrupts. PowerPoint Corrupts Absolutely."--Edward Tufte
* A goal is a dream with a deadline.
* Never be bound by rigid perceptions, Mackay said. He pointed out that for hundreds of years the four-minute mile was deemed an impossibility. Man's lungs were too small, his legs were too short, his frame too puny. On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister ran a mile in 3:59.4. Later that year, three others ran a sub-four-minute mile and hundreds have done it since.
* Every time comedian Red Buttons would make an appearance, he would collect names and addresses and business cards of people on the committee that invited him. When he got back to his hotel room that night, he would write their Christmas cards and address their envelopes. When the cards arrived the following December, people thought he was a genius for remembering so much about them.
* "Nobody remembers Christmas cards. At Mackay Envelope we send Thanksgiving cards. People remember those."
Harvey Mackay is a star with star looks, star charisma and star power.
The only power he lacks is PowerPoint.
* Have the text in front of you--printed in very big type. The analogy is that of an orchestra conductor who knows the music so well that the score in front of him is for occasional reference only.
* President Bush and members of his administration are given loose-leaf notebooks containing each speech and they turn pages as they proceed. I suspect the president has the invisible glass TelePrompTer system to his right and left so he can maintain eye contact with his audience while he is also reading his speech. If so, he turns the pages of the loose-leaf book as back up, just as the conductor turns the pages of the score at the same time he is making eye contact with the musicians.