Yearly Archives: 2020

What Can You Do Right Now?

By |2020-12-22T21:00:32+00:00December 22, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Katie doesn’t know what to do with me. There are seven of us here today and as she rattles off assignments, I hear everyone’s name but my own. “Randy, you’ll be in the loading dock. Sue, you’ll be a shopper.” Everyone gets up to start work and then it’s just Katie and me. She’s looking a [...]

How Does That Make You Feel?

By |2020-12-15T22:58:13+00:00December 15, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Raise your hand if you’ve been in therapy. Thank you, everyone. Put your hands down now. Like many of you, I am no stranger to psychotherapy and owe my life to some amazing therapists. However, their insistence on talking about emotions makes me crazy. I am much more the cerebral type and would prefer to talk [...]

My first draft of this article was a mess of Post-It® Notes

By |2020-11-30T17:13:04+00:00November 25, 2020|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Writing|

If you write at work, your first draft need not look anything like the final product. Rather than jumping into a full page or screen, start small. Bit by bit and with surprising speed, you can build strong messages with Post-it® Notes. In many ways, seventh grade was unkind to me. I was puny, bookish, acne-prone, [...]

On Giving Up

By |2020-11-17T16:12:47+00:00November 17, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

It begins with love at first sight. Maybe the thought surprises you, waking up with you in the morning after a night of heavy dreaming. You date for a while and the words flow easily. You have finally found your story. But then little things begin to bother you. Your fingers move more hesitantly and eventually, [...]

A creative entrepreneur’s pandemic journey: an illustrated tale

By |2020-10-29T14:23:48+00:00October 29, 2020|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Everyday Communication, Learning, Visual Communication|

(inspired by Laura Numeroff, one of my favorite children’s book authors; illustrations by yours truly) If you give a creative entrepreneur a moment—say, a few months of no travel and reduced client demand due to a global pandemic—she’s going to get an idea. Maybe even a bunch of ideas, thanks to her relentlessly creative partner-in-brainstorming. Let’s [...]

Monotony got you down? Take up this boredom-busting challenge.

By |2020-09-30T15:17:51+00:00September 30, 2020|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Everyday Communication|

I poured one last cup of tea, propped my iPhone against the empty teapot, kicked my feet up on my desk, and FaceTimed Jill. For weeks on end, we’d been in one virtual meeting after another, simulating “eye contact” and making creative progress with clients, collaborators, family, and friends. We finally had a moment to [...]

Are You On A Mission?

By |2020-09-15T15:04:34+00:00September 15, 2020|Categories: Creative Confidence, Everyday Communication, Storytelling, Uncategorized|

MISSION STATEMENTS SUCK. At least that’s what I thought until recently when Beth and I had to coach our leadership development students to write their own personal mission statements. My job was to help them to decide what their statement should be. This entailed long discussions of how we spend our time at work, versus how we wished we spent [...]

Words to say & stifle: a cheat sheet for workplace conversations

By |2020-08-30T15:57:52+00:00August 31, 2020|Categories: Everyday Communication|

Things are a mess right now. I’ll spare you a detailed description of “these challenging times” and instead offer a litany of key words so your creative brain can fill in the blanks: division, unrest, virus, politics, restrictions, distance ... But wait, there’s more. In the midst of everything, you’re trying to do good work. Or [...]

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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.