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About Beth Nyland

Beth refuses bland and boring. She's a communicator, leader, advisor, teacher, 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.

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 [...]

4 books that will change your creative life

By |2020-02-28T19:46:34+00:00February 28, 2020|Categories: Creativity, Storytelling, Visual Communication, Writing|

“What are you reading?” It’s the question I love to ask when I meet others who value great stories, good writing, and creative thinking. When the answer strikes a chord, I add the title to my Goodreads “want to read” list. And when a friend turns the question around on me, I’m happy to share my [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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.