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About Beth Nyland

Beth refuses bland and boring. She's a communicator, leader, advisor, teacher, illustrator, and entrepreneur who gets results through creativity, good questions, and active listening. She’s also a daily practice junkie who takes on insane creative challenges, like writing a poem or drawing a picture every day for a year.

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 [...]

Torch these trigger phrases in these trying times

By |2020-07-30T13:08:59+00:00July 30, 2020|Categories: Everyday Communication|

The other day I was lacing up my shoes to take my favorite podcast for a walk. The episode was one I’d started earlier, having left off at a commercial break. So when I pressed play, an advertiser began: “In these challenging times ...” Nope. Before tying the other shoe, I grabbed my phone and tapped fast-forward [...]

Stuck? A little alphabet soup will help.

By |2020-06-26T19:18:02+00:00June 29, 2020|Categories: Creativity, Everyday Communication, Storytelling, Visual Communication, Writing|

You have something to say. Well, you’re supposed to have something to say. “They” expect you to have something to say. You sit down to write. Nothing comes. A few words finally trickle out. They’re awful! &#%!@?! You are stuck. And being stuck sucks. Being stuck sets off a cacophony of mental commentary. The harder you [...]

Having trouble reading in isolation? Me too.

By |2020-04-29T21:41:58+00:00April 29, 2020|Categories: Creativity, Learning|

Books are my jam. I read them for pleasure, focus, enrichment. Books capture my attention, inspire my imagination, and comfort my soul. They teach me. Because my default learning mode is “on,” I’m always consuming books in various forms: a physical book to savor at home; a handful of e-books to dip into on the train, [...]

For now, let’s look beyond that Magic Football

By |2020-03-27T20:22:43+00:00March 27, 2020|Categories: Everyday Communication, Storytelling|

Who’s on your mind right now? In this uncertain time of the coronavirus, the people I’m thinking about are: Striving to stay fit and sane while honoring social distancing rules in a crowded metropolitan neighborhood Navigating a new “workplace” from a makeshift home office, having just started a new job on Monday Terribly disappointed they won’t [...]

No joke: serious questions for smart storytellers

By |2020-02-16T17:20:31+00:00January 29, 2020|Categories: Presenting, Storytelling|

Ann, Barb, and Chuck walk into a meeting room. Sounds like the start of a joke, right? Actually, it’s the start of a storytelling project. These three managers have been designated “storytellers” for an event their company is hosting next month. A crowd of their peers will come from around the world, pour into a massive [...]

Get unstuck: 10 ways to banish writer’s block

By |2020-01-24T23:19:28+00:00January 24, 2020|Categories: Creativity, Writing|

A note from Beth: I first published this advice on the Spencer Grace website and LinkedIn, way back in May 2015. Though I do sometimes change my tune, this remains one of my loudest anthems. If you're tired of singing the sad song of writer's block, try these 10 ideas instead. You have something to write. A [...]

A creativity wish list for grown-ups

By |2020-05-12T15:44:25+00:00December 29, 2019|Categories: Creativity|

We finish a season of wish lists and enter a phase of resolutions. We’re always wanting something, aren’t we? I’m writing this post in that strange and wonderful week when Christmas Day has past, Hanukah is in progress, and New Year’s Day is soon to come. Our home has been filled with holiday sounds. For us, [...]

Tigger and Eeyore walk into a room …

By |2020-05-12T15:44:36+00:00November 27, 2019|Categories: Creativity, Presenting, Storytelling|

Anyone who’s been in a Story Mode workshop will attest: Jill Pollack and I do not play it safe. We seldom use PowerPoint. We crack jokes and tell stories. We get everyone on their feet, talking to us and to each other—usually within the first five minutes. We invite people to play games, draw, and be downright [...]

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