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Ramblings, Musing and thoughts from from Chicago based keynote speaker and motivational humorist Conor Cunneen

Mark Twain on Ulysses S. Grant – A Very Great Man

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.grantIn Suppose You Were an Idiot… Mark Twain on Politics and Politicians, I quote numerous comments from Twain (Sam Clemens) on US Presidents ranging from Washington to Teddy Roosevelt.

There is no doubt though that Twain had a particular fondness for Ulysses S. Grant. They were on opposite sides during the Civil War (at least initially) but Twain came to see a goodness in Grant that bordered on brotherly love as the ex-President, dying of cancer,  struggled to finish his memoirs. Continue reading

Job Seekers, Fall Leaves and Working Together

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autumn-leaves-2Oh, my aching back! I’ve spend much of the past week raking and blowing, blowing and raking the last of those Fall leaves while uttering the odd profanity, like “Gee, Golly Gosh, where can all those leaves possibly come from?”

It got me thinking about the power of Fall leaves and what job seekers can learn can learn from them. I find it intriguing that when I pile all those leaves together, they stick together even in windy conditions! But the single leaf – on its own, with no support structure – gets blown away.
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Mark Twain on Politics and Pirates

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Respect for the Pirate, Not the Politician

 

He was a pirate with a tremendous and sanguinary history; and as long as he preserved unspotted, in retirement, the dignity of his name and the grandeur of his ancient calling, homage and reverence were his from high and low; but when at last he descended into politics and became a paltry alderman, the public ‘shook’ him, and turned aside and wept.

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Mark Twain on Politics: Tammany, High Crimes and Misdemeanors

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Mark Twain on Politics: Tammany, High Crimes and Misdemeanors 

Twain despised the shenanigans and lack of integrity for the political system and was mutually critical of both sides. He reserved particular angry commentary for the corrupt politics of Tammany Hall and in particular Richard “Boss” Croker who dominated and manipulated New York politics for the latter years of the nineteenth century. Croker is one of the few bad things to come from my home county of Cork, Ireland!

This diatribe from Twain is modeled on a famous Edmund Burke House of Commons speech calling for the impeachment of Warren Hastings, Governor General of India.

I Impeach Richard Croker

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I impeach Richard Croker of high crimes and misdemeanors. I impeach him in the name of the people, whose trust he has betrayed.

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Mark Twain on Politics: A man’s first duty is to his own honor

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A man’s first duty is to his own honor; not to his country and not to his party.

It is easy to despair about the state of the current political environment and with some justification, but for those who believe politics has reached its nadir… well consider that among other things, Abraham Lincoln was referred to as “the obscene ape of Illinois.”

The election of 1884 featured Democrat Grover Cleveland who had fathered a child outside of marriage – “Maw, Maw, where’s my paw?” was a constant refrain from supporters of corrupt Republican candidate James Blaine who had been castigated for accepting bribes from railroad interests.

Given this climate, Mark Twain – who prior to the 1884 election voted Republican – had much to say and that “a man’s first duty is to his own honor; not to his country and not to his party.”

To his good friend William Dean Howells, he wrote:

“Somehow I can’t seem to rest quiet under the idea of your voting for Blaine. I believe you said something about the country and the party. Certainly allegiance to these is well; but as certainly a man’s first duty is to his own conscience and honor—the party or the country come second to that, and never first. I don’t ask you to vote at all—I only urge you to not Continue reading

Mark Twain on Congressmen, Jays, Stealers and Liars

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Mark Twain on Jays and Lying Congressmen

A jay hasn’t got any more principle than a Congressman.

A jay will lie, a jay will steal, a jay will deceive, a jay will betray; and four times out of five, a jay will go back on his solemnest promise. – What Stumped the Blue Jay

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Mark Twain on Honest Men in Congress

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Mark Twain on Honest Men in Congress

Why, it is telegraphed all over the country and commented on as something wonderful if a congressman votes honestly and unselfishly and refuses to take advantage of his position to steal from the government. – The Gilded Age

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There is where the deep ingenuity of the operatic idea is betrayed. It deals so largely in pain that its scattered delights are prodigiously augmented by the contrasts. A pretty air in an opera is prettier there than it could be anywhere else, I suppose, just as an honest man in politics shines more than he would elsewhere. – A Tramp Abroad 

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“Suppose you were an idiot.

And suppose you were a Congressman.

But I’m repeating myself.”

Mark Twain, A Biography

 

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“Whiskey is taken into the committee rooms in demijohns and carried out in demagogues.” 

 

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It is interesting, wonderfully interesting–the miracles which party-politics can do with a man’s mental and moral make-up.  Look at McKinley, Roosevelt, and yourself: in private life spotless in character; honorable, honest, just, humane, generous; scorning trickeries, treacheries, suppressions of the truth, mistranslations of the meanings of facts, the filching of credit earned by another, the condoning of crime, the glorifying of base acts: in public political life the reverse of all this.

Letter to Rev. J. H. Twichell 1904

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Conor Cunneen is also author

What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin’

“When I say I’ll learn (‘Teach’ is not in the river vocabulary) a man the river, I mean it. And you can depend on it, I’ll learn him or kill him.” Life on the Mississippi  – Mark Twain

Utilizing a unique and memorable MARK TWAIN acronym, author Conor Cunneen demonstrates what the Dean of American Humorists learned him bout public speakin !

MARK ——– BEFORE you go on stage

Message preparation

Audience research and knowledge

Relate to audience

Know your objective

TWAIN ——— ON STAGE

Titter and humor wins the audience

Wait – The power of the Pause

Anecdotes connect

Involve, Inform, Inspire your audience

Narration and stagecraft.

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Mark Twain: Whiskey, demijohns & Demagogues

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Congress, Whiskey, Demijohns and Demagogues

From: Mark Twain Notebook

“Whiskey is taken into the committee rooms in demijohns and carried out in demagogues.”

 From: Roughing It 

That was a fine collection of sovereigns, that first Nevada legislature. They levied taxes to the amount of thirty or forty thousand dollars and ordered expenditures to the extent of about a million. Yet they had their little periodical explosions of economy like all other bodies of the kind. A member proposed to save three dollars a day to the nation by dispensing with the Chaplain. And yet that short-sighted man needed the Chaplain more than any other member, perhaps, for he generally sat with his feet on his desk, eating raw turnips, during the morning prayer. 

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Conor Cunneen is a big Mark Twain fan. BUY and ENJOY  his new book  Suppose You Were an Idiot… Mark Twain on Politics and Politicians

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“Suppose you were an idiot.

And suppose you were a Congressman.

But I’m repeating myself.”

Mark Twain, A Biography

 

Buy today and I will personally AUTOGRAPH your copyConor Cunneen

 

 

“Whiskey is taken into the committee rooms in demijohns and carried out in demagogues.”

Mark Twain Notebook

Conor Cunneen is also author

What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin’

“When I say I’ll learn (‘Teach’ is not in the river vocabulary) a man the river, I mean it. And you can depend on it, I’ll learn him or kill him.” Life on the Mississippi  – Mark Twain

Utilizing a unique and memorable MARK TWAIN acronym, author Conor Cunneen demonstrates what the Dean of American Humorists learned him bout public speakin !

Message preparation

Audience research and knowledge

Relate to audience

Know your objective

Titter and humor wins the audience

Wait – The power of the Pause

Anecdotes connect

Involve, Inform, Inspire your audience

Narration and stagecraft.

Mark Twain on Religion and Politics

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Mark Twain on Religion and Politics

Congress don’t know anything about religion. – My Late Senatorial Secretaryship

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I have no prejudices in politics, religion, literature, or anything else. – Mark Twain Speeches: Literature Speech, London May 4, 1900

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But, indeed, the truth is, almost all the men and women of our nation or of any other get their religion and their politics where they get their astronomy—entirely at second hand. Being untrained, they are no more able to intelligently examine a dogma or a policy than they are to calculate an eclipse. – Christian Science 

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Conor Cunneen is a big Mark Twain fan. BUY and ENJOY his new book  Suppose You Were an Idiot… Mark Twain on Politics and Politicians

twain-front-10-27-compressed

“Suppose you were an idiot.

And suppose you were a Congressman.

But I’m repeating myself.”

Mark Twain, A Biography

 

Buy today and I will personally AUTOGRAPH your copyConor Cunneen

 

“Whiskey is taken into the committee rooms in demijohns and carried out in demagogues.”

 

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Conor Cunneen is also author

What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin’

“When I say I’ll learn (‘Teach’ is not in the river vocabulary) a man the river, I mean it. And you can depend on it, I’ll learn him or kill him.” Life on the Mississippi  – Mark Twain

Utilizing a unique and memorable MARK TWAIN acronym, author Conor Cunneen demonstrates what the Dean of American Humorists learned him bout public speakin !

MARK ——– BEFORE you go on stage

Message preparation

Audience research and knowledge

Relate to audience

Know your objective

TWAIN ——— ON STAGE

Titter and humor wins the audience

Wait – The power of the Pause

Anecdotes connect

Involve, Inform, Inspire your audience

Narration and stagecraft.

BUY: What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin’

Mark Twain on Turnips, Chaplains and the Nevada Legislature

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Today’s M-TOPP: Mark Twain on Politics and Politicians

 

Turnips, Chaplains and the Nevada Legislature

From: Roughing It 

That was a fine collection of sovereigns, that first Nevada legislature. They levied taxes to the amount of thirty or forty thousand dollars and ordered expenditures to the extent of about a million. Yet they had their little periodical explosions of economy like all other bodies of the kind. A member proposed to save three dollars a day to the nation by dispensing with the Chaplain. And yet that short-sighted man needed the Chaplain more than any other member, perhaps, for he generally sat with his feet on his desk, eating raw turnips, during the morning prayer.  

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Conor Cunneen is a big Mark Twain fan. Enjoy his new book  Suppose You Were an Idiot… Mark Twain on Politics and Politicians

twain-front-10-27-compressed

“Suppose you were an idiot.

And suppose you were a Congressman.

But I’m repeating myself.”

Mark Twain, A Biography

 

Buy today and I will personally AUTOGRAPH your copyConor Cunneen

SHIPPING on November 2

 

“Whiskey is taken into the committee rooms in demijohns and carried out in demagogues.”

Mark Twain Notebook

 

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twain-front-180-10-27Keynote speaker Conor Cunneen is author Suppose You Were An Idiot… Mark Twain on Politics and Politicians

Twain once wrote “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Congressman. But I repeat myself.”

“Whiskey is taken into the committee rooms in demijohns and carried out in demagogues.”

Mark Twain Notebook

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Conor Cunneen is also author

What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin’

“When I say I’ll learn (‘Teach’ is not in the river vocabulary) a man the river, I mean it. And you can depend on it, I’ll learn him or kill him.” Life on the Mississippi  – Mark Twain

Utilizing a unique and memorable MARK TWAIN acronym, author Conor Cunneen demonstrates what the Dean of American Humorists learned him bout public speakin !

MARK ——– BEFORE you go on stage

Message preparation

Audience research and knowledge

Relate to audience

Know your objective

TWAIN ——— ON STAGE

Titter and humor wins the audience

Wait – The power of the Pause

Anecdotes connect

Involve, Inform, Inspire your audience

Narration and stagecraft.

BUY: What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin’