Beth

About Beth Nyland

Beth refuses bland and boring. She's a communicator, leader, advisor, teacher, illustrator, and entrepreneur who gets results through creativity, good questions, and active listening. She’s also a daily practice junkie who takes on insane creative challenges, like writing a poem or drawing a picture every day for a year.

22 for 2022: all the C.R.A.P. to cut this year

By |2021-12-30T13:50:01+00:00December 29, 2021|Categories: Writing|

A few months ago, Jill noticed a shift in my writing style. “It’s very in-your-face,” she said. “You sound a little angry. But in a good way.” She was probably responding to my article about all the C.R.A.P. that makes its way into business statements (mission, vision, purpose, value, yada yada yada). I do get fired [...]

Psst! These pointers will perk up your presentations!

By |2021-10-28T18:17:51+00:00October 28, 2021|Categories: Creative Confidence, Presenting|

‘Tis the season for high-stakes presentations. Nearing year-end, many of us are preparing to report on results, launch new programs, and invite colleagues and clients to embrace the new. ‘Tis also the season for distracted audiences. (In truth, this season is eternal.) That means your presentation needs more than clear, organized points. You need to grab [...]

Unspoken Loudspeakers are drowning out your message

By |2021-09-30T14:55:38+00:00September 30, 2021|Categories: Creative Confidence, Everyday Communication, Presenting, Storytelling, Visual Communication, Writing|

“What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Shhhh! I’m trying to hear you. I really am. I know you’ve put serious thought into those words you’re trying to share right now. Whether your message is written or spoken, I know you want me to “get” what you’re [...]

Persuasion: the teeter-totter of business communication

By |2021-08-31T15:33:48+00:00August 31, 2021|Categories: Creativity, Everyday Communication, Learning, Presenting, Storytelling, Visual Communication, Writing|

As a kid on the playground, one of my favorite attractions was the teeter-totter. Maybe you called it a seesaw. A teeter-totter is a dangerous apparatus, not to be shared with anyone but a friend you can trust to keep the thing in balance. I still recall the pain and humiliation of thudding to the ground [...]

7 Rut Rescues: a collection of wonderful, workable wisdom

By |2021-07-30T18:20:06+00:00July 30, 2021|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity|

I love to streak. Not the running-naked-across-a-field type. The kind where you build positive habits by doing things consistently. Habit streaking is how I’ve stayed fit and sane during the pandemic, working out 457 days in a row. Habit streaking is why you’ll find hundreds of digital drawings on my Instagram feed. To become a better [...]

Crisis on the road: how kindness and creativity salvaged my vacation

By |2021-06-29T17:30:47+00:00June 29, 2021|Categories: Creativity, Everyday Communication|

“Something isn’t right.” I look to my left and know my husband Jim agrees. He’s always alert and a little white-knuckled when towing our 30-foot travel trailer. But right now, his body language is way beyond, “Don’t bother me, I’m driving.” It’s a silent scream of, “Holy $#*%! What the &^@# is going on?!” Our truck—a [...]

Convergent thinking? Divergent thinking? Creativity calls for both.

By |2021-05-28T19:32:04+00:00May 28, 2021|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity|

When it comes to creative thinking, I identify as divergent. I can practice convergent thinking, which is to say that I am capable of analyzing practical alternatives and choosing one that seems best. If I lacked this skill, I’d never know what to eat for dinner. But, as my husband will attest, I would rather list [...]

Recipe for a business statement: equal parts focus and motivation

By |2021-12-21T17:54:09+00:00April 30, 2021|Categories: Writing|

Statements seem to be in high demand. Vision statements. Mission statements. Purpose statements. Positioning statements. So. Many. Statements. Before writing anything—a statement, a one-pager, a video script, whatever—one of the most important questions to answer is: “Who is the audience?” Who needs this message? Why do they need it? And once they’ve received it, what do [...]

Mashups aren’t just for Mondays

By |2021-04-13T22:11:35+00:00March 31, 2021|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity|

If my self-imposed job title weren’t already so long, I’d add the words “Daily Practice Junkie.” Since last month’s article on consistency and surprise, I passed the one-year mark for workouts. Yep. I’ve exercised for at least 30 minutes a day, every damn day, for more than a year. I’ll pause while you gasp and applaud [...]

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This Is A Custom Widget

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.