Yearly Archives: 2018

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These conflicting ideas will make you a better writer

By |2018-12-29T22:39:16+00:00December 29, 2018|Categories: Storytelling, Writing|

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” I wish I had said that, but it was the author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Regardless of how you felt about The Scarlet Letter when you read it in high school, your grown-up self must see the wisdom in these words. If you want your message to be consumed and understood with ease, [...]

Super communicators, unite! We need to build a league!

By |2018-11-28T19:04:22+00:00November 28, 2018|Categories: Everyday Communication, Storytelling, Writing|

Congratulations! Through practice, focus, and sheer brilliance, you have developed an invaluable superpower—and a reputation for making your business look and sound amazing on the page. You are The Wordsmith, the Slide Generator, the Master Messenger. There will always be work for heroes who can convert words and images into compelling content. Your strengths are in demand, [...]

An anti-chaos guide to managing the messages you consume and create

By |2018-10-29T22:49:51+00:00October 29, 2018|Categories: Creativity, Everyday Communication|

No matter what your bias or views, if you’re paying attention to U.S. politics, you’re probably exhausted and overwhelmed by the relentless churn of information. So many voices. So much conflict. So much activity, yet so much inertia. Some workplaces are like that, too. Homes, too, for that matter. Not to mention our inboxes and snail [...]

Don’t can your story; tell it fresh

By |2018-09-26T17:16:47+00:00September 26, 2018|Categories: Everyday Communication, Storytelling|

Congratulations! You’ve finally booked a meeting with that Very Important Person—the one you’ve been dying to reach in order to grow your business, prove your value, or advance your career. In preparation, you carefully and strategically plan what you will say. You organize your thoughts, choose your words, and edit them down into a tight little message. [...]

Email much? Here’s our wish for you.

By |2018-08-30T16:41:30+00:00August 30, 2018|Categories: Creativity, Everyday Communication|

May your WiFi be strong and your inbox be light May every address in the “to” field be right May your subject be noticed And your content be focused May your words be retrieved And your intentions received May your hyperlinks click And your unsubscribes stick May your typos be rare And attachments be there May you [...]

How To Not Write

By |2018-08-02T23:02:20+00:00August 2, 2018|Categories: Creativity, Writing|

1. Wake up early, before your alarm clock. Tell yourself it’s too early and go back to sleep. 2. Stretch, breathe deeply, then pick up your phone and play Candy Crush Saga for 32 minutes. Check off “meditation” in your habit tracker app because the game has become so easy for you, it’s practically like meditating. [...]

Cut to the chase: how to stop rambling and turn talk into action

By |2018-07-31T14:20:48+00:00July 31, 2018|Categories: Everyday Communication, Presenting|

I was coaching a rising star the other day. A professional with amazing ideas, strong leadership abilities, and excellent presentation and storytelling skills. What did she need from me? “I want to improve my executive presence,” she said. “What would that look like?” I asked. She talked for awhile and eventually articulated something like this: “Presenting [...]

With visual vocabulary, ZERO is a reasonable wordcount goal

By |2018-06-27T20:21:45+00:00June 27, 2018|Categories: Visual Communication|

To the delight or (more accurately) dismay of participants, when Jill Pollack and I are leading Story Mode workshops, we routinely challenge students to compress their messages down to micro length. This activity can take a few minutes, an hour, or the better part of an afternoon. But our instruction takes just a moment: You’ve compiled [...]

This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.

This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.