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A litany of life lessons, just one at a time

By |May 29, 2020|

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned …” It’s a phrase that makes you want run, right? Typically, those words are followed by someone’s hard-won wisdom. The kind of advice the giver is determined to share, regardless of how heavily the receiver sighs or rolls her [...]

Having trouble reading in isolation? Me too.

By |April 29, 2020|

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 [...]

For now, let’s look beyond that Magic Football

By |March 27, 2020|

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 [...]

4 books that will change your creative life

By |February 28, 2020|

“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 [...]

No joke: serious questions for smart storytellers

By |January 29, 2020|

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 [...]

Get unstuck: 10 ways to banish writer’s block

By |January 24, 2020|

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, [...]

A creativity wish list for grown-ups

By |December 29, 2019|

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 [...]

Tigger and Eeyore walk into a room …

By |November 27, 2019|

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 [...]

The good stuff takes time

By |October 18, 2019|

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. [...]

Want a positive outcome? Adopt a positive attitude.

By |September 30, 2019|

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 [...]

Colleagues? Clients? Consumers? People!

By |August 28, 2019|

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 [...]

Your best work is just a few paces away

By |May 29, 2019|

“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 [...]

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

By |February 27, 2019|

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 [...]

These conflicting ideas will make you a better writer

By |December 29, 2018|

“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 [...]

Super communicators, unite! We need to build a league!

By |November 28, 2018|

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 [...]

Don’t can your story; tell it fresh

By |September 26, 2018|

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 [...]

Email much? Here’s our wish for you.

By |August 30, 2018|

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 [...]

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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.