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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.

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 [...]

No one’s asking you to be weird. Just don’t be boring.

By |2019-01-31T22:47:27+00:00January 31, 2019|Categories: Creativity, Presenting, Storytelling|

I want my presentation to be engaging and memorable. I want the audience to remember me and my message. I want to be amazing! Sound familiar? Sure. Who doesn’t want to be a killer presenter? But what if the following also rings a bell? I’m talking about serious business issues, and I need to be taken seriously. [...]

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 [...]

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