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The good stuff takes time

By |2019-10-18T16:11:48+00:00October 18, 2019|Categories: Creativity, Everyday Communication, Writing|

Once in a great while, brilliance bursts forth in an instant. An aha! A big idea! A flash of inspiration! These rare moments are a gift. When you get one, thank the universe. Profusely. And then start adjusting your expectations—and your creative process—for next time. Because “the first time’s a charm” is not how the saying [...]

Want a positive outcome? Adopt a positive attitude.

By |2019-09-30T19:08:19+00:00September 30, 2019|Categories: Everyday Communication, Storytelling, Writing|

My husband lost his job this month. Quite unexpectedly, and effective immediately. For his employer, this was purely a business decision—a cost-cutting measure that would save the company some money by eliminating some salaries and overhead expenses. For Jim, this meant immediate change. He walked out of the office unemployed and feeling _______________. How would you [...]

Colleagues? Clients? Consumers? People!

By |2019-08-28T01:23:37+00:00August 28, 2019|Categories: Everyday Communication, Writing|

As a career-long business communicator, I’ve been challenged to refer to human beings in many ways. Whether driven by industry standards, corporate culture, or the druthers of a senior executive, most of us have adopted some peculiar labels for the people in and around our business. In some workplaces, the word employee is taboo. Instead, those on the [...]

To get more than eyeballs, make marketing a conversation

By |2019-08-02T19:22:10+00:00August 2, 2019|Categories: Storytelling, Writing|

What happens when you dare to not follow Conventional Wisdom? What does conventional wisdom even mean, and who gets to decide what is wise and what is folly? In 1958 John Kenneth Galbraith was trying to persuade the people of the U.S. that our economic model was promoting income disparity. (Yes, we knew this was a [...]

Silence isn’t golden (or, why your email is tarnishing the conversation)

By |2019-08-02T19:14:07+00:00August 1, 2019|Categories: Everyday Communication, Writing|

Dear Corporate Poet & Cutter of Crap: Last week I sent my team an email message about something important. As thorough as I tried to be, I totally expected questions and comments. So, as always, I closed the message with “please let me know if you have questions.” I meant it. I sincerely want people to [...]

Who wrote the book on storytelling? It could be you …

By |2019-06-25T21:30:06+00:00June 25, 2019|Categories: Presenting, Storytelling|

Ask me how to be a better storyteller. What’s the one thing I need to focus on to tell a better story? Where should my story start? Why are my stories so boring? In Story Mode, we field questions like these all the time—especially from people who want to deliver better presentations at work. Naturally, I [...]

Your best work is just a few paces away

By |2019-05-29T13:03:35+00:00May 29, 2019|Categories: Creativity, Writing|

“When it comes to creative work, I have a pace in mind. But lately, about the only pacing I’m doing is back and forth in my shop.” My brother Paul said this to me and our sister Norma yesterday. His comment was in the context of our “Sibling Discovery” discussion—a videoconference we’ve been holding every month for [...]

If you’re not creating, you’re not communicating.

By |2019-04-25T20:21:22+00:00April 25, 2019|Categories: Creativity, Storytelling, Writing|

I call myself The Corporate Poet and Cutter of Crap. I have tattoos and a nose ring. And I wear Wonder Woman high tops to work. Some days, I swap the high tops for more formal footwear. But the tats and piercing are permanent, and the unusual title is part of my personal brand. In spite [...]

Chances worth taking: 10 ways to build your team’s creativity

By |2019-03-21T21:38:45+00:00March 21, 2019|Categories: Creativity|

As I handed her my business card, the woman smiled and said, “You must really enjoy your work.” I answered without hesitation: “I am having the time of my life!” In the days since that quick exchange, I’ve been mulling why I love my job. Many of the reasons revolve around my independence as a self-employed business person. [...]

All form and no substance makes your story a waste of time

By |2019-02-27T17:01:01+00:00February 27, 2019|Categories: Creativity, Presenting, Storytelling|

While I was stewing about what to write for this month’s post, “Every TED Talk Ever” entered my line of sight. Care to watch it without spoilers? Go ahead. You can meet me in the next paragraph in five-and-a-half minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9advgMBbdo&feature=youtu.be   Hilarious! At least it was to me. I’m forever pushing clients to bust out [...]

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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.