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.

Eliminate acronyms from your vocabulary (except the ones I invented)

By |2022-11-30T15:47:12+00:00November 29, 2022|Categories: Everyday Communication, Writing|

So much workplace communication is just crap. Big words trying to sound smart and important. Vague words trying to obscure the specifics. Jargon trying to belong with the insiders’ club. And OMG the acronyms. Several years ago, I invented an acronym to illustrate just how senseless and confusing the vocabulary of business can be: C.R.A.P.  = [...]

You’re boring. Stop that.

By |2022-08-31T02:56:37+00:00August 31, 2022|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Everyday Communication, Learning, Life|

When Jill and I started our Story Mode program, we easily landed on our motto/tagline/hashtag: Refuse To Be Boring. This phrase is our “way.” It’s our constant reminder and also an apt description of how we think, act, talk, create, work, relate. It’s how we live. We spend so much time refusing to be boring, we [...]

Stories need struggle. Storytellers do not.

By |2022-06-30T20:47:54+00:00June 30, 2022|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Life|

“I thought it would be easy.” When Jill and I use this prompt as a warm-up exercise in our Story Mode workshops, the result is always a fascinating variety of struggle stories. After just three minutes of writing, participants share vivid scenes that range from heart-wrenching to hilarious. The loss of an aged pet. A first [...]

We’ve outlawed disclaimers. Here’s why.

By |2022-05-25T20:22:09+00:00May 25, 2022|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Everyday Communication, Learning|

When it comes to creative communication, I am not fond of rules—unless I’m breaking them. I tweak templates, bust boundaries, and write wrong. Perhaps this is why I’m self-employed; I take serious pleasure in challenging “the way we’ve always done it” and going against the grain. But in our Story Mode workshops, Jill and I enforce [...]

Stop inventing C.R.A.P. business words

By |2022-04-29T16:20:53+00:00April 29, 2022|Categories: Everyday Communication, Writing|

While Jill and I were guestcasting* on the Grounded Content podcast, Jill said: 
“You can take one piece of content and repurpose it in a hundred million different ways, and each of those repurposements ...” Yes, my business partner is fond of both hyperbole (A hundred million ways? Really?) and making sh*t up. She knows how [...]

Looking for creative inspiration? Try some oatmeal.

By |2022-02-25T21:29:36+00:00February 28, 2022|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Everyday Communication, Life, Writing|

To know me is to understand that I procrastinate. Procrastination is part of my process. Especially my writing process. When I was in high school, this irritated my mother to no end. Seeing blank pages instead of a book report, she assumed I was wasting time. Doing nothing. Failing to take action. Not true, Mom. Not [...]

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