Shall we play 20 Questions with your story?

When I was a restless kid enduring long drives in the back seat of my dad’s VW Beetle, Mom would occupy my brain with games. We did a lot of “I’m going on a trip and taking something that starts with A,” then B, and all the way to Z.

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These are a few of my favorite apps

My friend Bill was lamenting a standstill in his creative process. He’d been working on a podcast for 5 years, had 2 episodes recorded, but stalled out on editing those conversations so he could publish the thing. “Have you thrown the audio file into Descript to do the editing?” I asked. “What’s

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What’s On Your Skip List?

It’s the start of a new year and for the past few months we have been inundated with Best Of lists, especially books, music, and movies that are not to be missed. Where is the list of books I should miss? How do we know what reading and activities we

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A new auld lang syne

As I write this, I’m on holiday break from “real” business communication. But I never take a break from sharing a monthly blog post. To have a little fun while honoring my self-imposed publishing schedule, I’m finishing 2023 with a semi-autobiographical poem inspired by a song I can’t get out

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What color is your creative zone?

Last week a client said he had just one more question before we  wrapped up a virtual consulting call. “Sure,” I said. “What is it?” “What’s with the orange wall? Is that a branding thing?” Indeed, orange has become part of my personal and professional brand. I wear a lot of

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Write What You Want To Know

Questions come in all sizes. There’s the age-old: where did I put my keys? The hometown fav: are you really going to wear that? And the esoteric: who would I be if I could be anyone? I’ve been pondering questions and how, as a writer, I can use them to my advantage.  Are questions good

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old fashioned camera

Smile! You’re on Camera

Video. When I watch myself in a video it’s sort of an out-of-body experience; is that really me on the screen? Do I look like that? Why do I keep doing that weird thing with my eyebrows? We are forever critical of ourselves and our presentation to the public. So

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Does this count as a story?

We tried not to talk about work. It was Saturday, for crying out loud! But over coffee this weekend, my new friend Jane and I couldn’t help ourselves. We both love what we do. And we’re still getting to know each other. So eventually our stories turned occupational. I make my living

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person distracted

Why Can’t I Focu…SQUIRREL!

I am a writer who has earned her living writing and teaching storytelling for many many years, so you would think I would be a whiz at getting my work done. Work being, writing. Sigh. I so envy those creators who can sit at their desk, tune out the world,

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Metrics worth measuring for our messages and ourselves

Last week Jeff Herrington told me about a clever set of metrics he created to help businesspeople master the lessons he teaches in his writing workshops. His approach is so smart, I’ve been thinking about meaningful metrics ever since. After Jeff coaches a group to create strong, action-oriented content, the

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