Everyday Communication

A creative entrepreneur’s pandemic journey: an illustrated tale

By |2020-10-29T14:23:48+00:00October 29, 2020|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Everyday Communication, Learning, Visual Communication|

(inspired by Laura Numeroff, one of my favorite children’s book authors; illustrations by yours truly) If you give a creative entrepreneur a moment—say, a few months of no travel and reduced client demand due to a global pandemic—she’s going to get an idea. Maybe even a bunch of ideas, thanks to her relentlessly creative partner-in-brainstorming. Let’s [...]

Monotony got you down? Take up this boredom-busting challenge.

By |2020-09-30T15:17:51+00:00September 30, 2020|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Everyday Communication|

I poured one last cup of tea, propped my iPhone against the empty teapot, kicked my feet up on my desk, and FaceTimed Jill. For weeks on end, we’d been in one virtual meeting after another, simulating “eye contact” and making creative progress with clients, collaborators, family, and friends. We finally had a moment to [...]

Are You On A Mission?

By |2020-09-15T15:04:34+00:00September 15, 2020|Categories: Creative Confidence, Everyday Communication, Storytelling, Uncategorized|

MISSION STATEMENTS SUCK. At least that’s what I thought until recently when Beth and I had to coach our leadership development students to write their own personal mission statements. My job was to help them to decide what their statement should be. This entailed long discussions of how we spend our time at work, versus how we wished we spent [...]

Words to say & stifle: a cheat sheet for workplace conversations

By |2020-08-30T15:57:52+00:00August 31, 2020|Categories: Everyday Communication|

Things are a mess right now. I’ll spare you a detailed description of “these challenging times” and instead offer a litany of key words so your creative brain can fill in the blanks: division, unrest, virus, politics, restrictions, distance ... But wait, there’s more. In the midst of everything, you’re trying to do good work. Or [...]

What’s a Meta For?

By |2020-08-30T15:42:02+00:00August 28, 2020|Categories: Everyday Communication, Storytelling|

Who doesn’t love a good metaphor or simile? They may not be as fun as a barrel of monkeys and perhaps you find them dull as dishwater. Now because time is money...I’ll move on. (See what I did there?) We talk about these two language tools all the time with our Story Mode community. But one student [...]

Torch these trigger phrases in these trying times

By |2020-07-30T13:08:59+00:00July 30, 2020|Categories: Everyday Communication|

The other day I was lacing up my shoes to take my favorite podcast for a walk. The episode was one I’d started earlier, having left off at a commercial break. So when I pressed play, an advertiser began: “In these challenging times ...” Nope. Before tying the other shoe, I grabbed my phone and tapped fast-forward [...]

Stuck? A little alphabet soup will help.

By |2020-06-26T19:18:02+00:00June 29, 2020|Categories: Creativity, Everyday Communication, Storytelling, Visual Communication, Writing|

You have something to say. Well, you’re supposed to have something to say. “They” expect you to have something to say. You sit down to write. Nothing comes. A few words finally trickle out. They’re awful! &#%!@?! You are stuck. And being stuck sucks. Being stuck sets off a cacophony of mental commentary. The harder you [...]

For now, let’s look beyond that Magic Football

By |2020-03-27T20:22:43+00:00March 27, 2020|Categories: Everyday Communication, Storytelling|

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 just started a new job on Monday Terribly disappointed they won’t [...]

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 [...]

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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.