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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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How To Not Write

By |2018-08-02T23:02:20+00:00August 2, 2018|Categories: Creativity, Writing|

1. Wake up early, before your alarm clock. Tell yourself it’s too early and go back to sleep. 2. Stretch, breathe deeply, then pick up your phone and play Candy Crush Saga for 32 minutes. Check off “meditation” in your habit tracker app because the game has become so easy for you, it’s practically like meditating. [...]

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