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Vocabulary – Candor: open & honest; sincerity of expression; openness

Candor is a compliment; It implies equality. It is how true friends talk.Candor

Candor Definition: open and honest; sincerity of expression; openness; frankness. ˈkandə noun “a lady of refreshing candour” “he spoke with a degree of candour unusual in political life” Candor Synonyms: frankness, openness, honesty, candidness, truthfulness, sincerity, forthrightness, directness, lack of restraint, straightforwardness, plain-spokenness, plain dealing, plainness, calling a spade a spade, unreservedly, bluffness, bluntness, outspokenness; informal telling it like it is “Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Johnson offered assurances of Britain’s friendship and stressed the importance of “candor” in their relationship.”

Produce more ideas

Candor generates more diverse or creative ideas because people don’t get fixated on the first idea that’s put on the table, avoiding the problems of idea anchoring and clustering.
In traditional brainstorming, the first idea put on the table often becomes a point of fixation.

Avoid Bias

People’s candid, unbiased views come to light because they generate ideas free of social pressure. Reviewing all the ideas at the beginning of the meeting gives everyone a voice, maximizing the creative potential in the room.
In traditional brainstorming, when a majority of the room supports an idea, people with different points-of-view rarely speak up.

Save Time

Candor is extremely efficient. Spend less time in meetings and more time getting things done. This is a far more efficient process to put a lot more ideas on the table.
In traditional brainstorming, ideas are generated sequentially — a team might spend 10 minutes discussing the first idea before turning to the second.

HOW TO USE CANDOR

Candor works by decoupling the generation of ideas from the evaluation of ideas.

First, people generate ideas privately at the beginning of the meeting, before they learn the opinions of the other people in the room. Then the  team reviews all the ideas generated before evaluating them.

  Generation of ideas vs evaluation of ideas

Before the Meeting

  • 1. Invite Your Team. Send your question or problem to the members of your brainstorming team.
  • 2. Generate Ideas Privately. Ask people to generate ideas before the meeting begins or devote the first 5 minutes of the meeting to generating ideas privately.
  • 3. Collect Submissions. Have each individual submit his or her ideas to the session organizer through Candor.
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During the Meeting

  • 4. Put all the Ideas on the Table. Use the Candor web app to project all the cards.Have each person briefly describe all the ideas they generated. It’s critical that at this stage people aren’t evaluating ideas, they are simply hearing all the ideas.
  • 5. Discuss all the ideas. Now open up the discussion — eliminate ideas that don’t stand up to scrutiny, modify existing ideas to make them better, cluster ideas into different categorizes, and add new ideas that emerge during the discussion.
  • 6. Vote on the ideas. Use Candor to vote on the ideas. If a clear winner emerges, you can stop there. If a few ideas have strong support, you can now focus your discussion on the most popular ideas before voting again.
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Singular – Vocabulary | Improve Your English Vocabulary | AGREATDREAM

Singular

Singular means individual or only one.
 adjective
GRAMMAR
(of a word or form) denoting or referring to just one person or thing.
“the third person singular form of the verb”
 2.
exceptionally good or great; remarkable.
“He had the singular good fortune of not meeting any of the judges before the contest. It surprised them when he stepped out onto the stage and began dancing.”
GRAMMAR
1.
An individual word or form.

Synonyms:

remarkable, extraordinary, exceptional, outstanding, striking, signal, eminent, especial, particular, notable, noteworthy, conspicuous, distinctive, impressive; rare, unique, unparalleled, unprecedented, superior, superlative, amazing, astonishing, phenomenal, astounding, sensational, spectacular;
Informal: tremendous, awesome, fantastic, fabulous, terrific, stupendous, unreal
“The success of the appeal demonstrates the gallery’s singular capacity to attract sponsors and new visitors.”

How to Memorize Vocabulary

Part 1 Creating Associations:

Create word associations. Whether you’re learning vocabulary in your native or foreign language, associations can help you memorize new words. Absurd, vivid, or ridiculous associations are the most likely to help you retain your new vocabulary. If you’re learning a foreign language, associate new words with words in your native language. If a new word resembles a word in your native tongue, create a mental image association between the native word and the new word. For example, the French word “vin,” or wine, sounds similar to the English word “van,” so you might make a visual association of a van full of wine to help you remember.

learning new words in your own language

Word associations are also helpful if you’re learning a new word in your own language. For example, the beginning of the word “curtail,” which means to cut short, resembles the beginning of the word “curtain,” so you can make a mental association of curtains cut too short to help you remember “curtail.” When creating word associations, be sure to visualize the image vividly and to review it in your head several times a day so the association will become hardwired into your memory.

Part 2 Use Mnemonics:

A variation on the “similar word association” technique, mnemonic devices use patterns to assist your memory.[2] For example, the word “abrogate,” which means to deny or cancel, can be broken down into a pattern of images based on the series of letters that make up the word. So, you might break “abrogate” down into “a”+”bro”+”gate” and then visualize a bro standing at your gate while you “deny” him entrance. Like word associations, mnemonic techniques work best when they relate new concepts to concepts already in your knowledge base.
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Mercurial | Definition of Mercurial | English Vocabulary

Mercurial

Mercurial

Mercurial means quick and changeable in temperament; volatile
məːˈkjʊərɪəl
adjective 1. Subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind. “his mercurial temperament”
Synonyms: volatile, capricious, temperamental, excitable, fickle, changeable, unpredictable, variable, protean, mutable, erratic, quicksilver, inconstant, inconsistent, unstable, unsteady, fluctuating, ever-changing, kaleidoscopic, fluid, wavering, vacillating, moody, flighty, wayward, whimsical, giddy, impulsive; technicallabile “a mercurial temperament”
2. Of or containing the element mercury. “gels containing organic mercurial compounds”
noun 1. A drug or other compound containing mercury. “for twenty years organic mercurials were the most potent diuretics in clinical use”

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Relegate | Improve Your English Vocabulary Today

Relegate Relegate ˈrɛlɪɡeɪt/ verb To assign to a lower position or to classify something. Assign an inferior rank or position to. “It won’t go down as a season to be remembered in Workington Town’s history books as 2016 saw the club relegated to League One” Synonyms: downgrade, lower, lower in rank/status, put down, move down; consign, banish, exile; demote, degrade, declass, strip someone of their rank, reduce to the ranks, disrate, drum out; bust BRITISH transfer (a sports team) to a lower division of a league. “United were relegated to division two”
“Sainsbury’s and M&S relegate ‘Easter’ from chocolate eggs.” TOEIC Word List