New Book Offers Words Of Wisdom


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A while back, Maria Hoogterp started gathering quotations that could be used for practice exercises in her husband Bill’s speaking, presentation and leadership business, Blue Planet Training. One thing led to another, and before she knew it, Hoogterp had herself a book of quotations on speaking, leadership and life.

Speak Only If You Can Improve Upon the Silence offers some pity phrases that you probably know well, like Sir Francis Bacon’s “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” But Hoogterp also includes gems from people who aren’t usually regarded as savants, like “Melrose Place” actress Josie Bissett: “Dreams come a size too big so that we may grow into them.”

You can get a copy of Speak Only if you participate in Blue Planet’s training. Or you can order one through its Web site.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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