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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Cut to the chase: how to stop rambling and turn talk into action

By |2018-07-31T14:20:48+00:00July 31, 2018|Categories: Everyday Communication, Presenting|

I was coaching a rising star the other day. A professional with amazing ideas, strong leadership abilities, and excellent presentation and storytelling skills. What did she need from me? “I want to improve my executive presence,” she said. “What would that look like?” I asked. She talked for awhile and eventually articulated something like this: “Presenting [...]

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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.