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WRITERS TALK BIG, BUT LET THEM TRY TO DELIVER

As a human-resources consultant who devotes a large part of my practice training professionals to deliver more effective presentations, I read with some bemusement the editorial headlined "Chautauqua is quiet, but is practice necessary?" questioning the president's and Bob Dole's apparent need to prepare for the upcoming debates.

"What's to prepare?" you ask.

Dear editorial writer, consider: If you were required to talk about editorial-page policy -- a subject with which you are undoubtedly familiar -- but had to deliver those remarks to 100 million people who would have the power to determine your continued employment at The News, wouldn't you want to rehearse? If not, you're a braver person than I, Gunga Din!

David Sadkin Co-principal, Human Resources Partnership
Hamburg

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